Published: Sun, August 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Canada's Bianca Andreescu overcomes injury to advance to Rogers Cup semifinal

Canada's Bianca Andreescu overcomes injury to advance to Rogers Cup semifinal

Serena Williams beat qualifier Marie Bouzkova to set up a Rogers Cup final in Toronto against Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu.

Andreescu finally put the contest away on her fifth match point, defeating Kenin for the third time in four meetings this year. But it was at that point that matters got a little more complicated as the never-say-die Kenin clambered back into the match, levelling at 5-5 before saving three match points serving at 5-6 in a knife-edge seven-deuce tussle.

Speaking after her victory, an emotional Andreescu said: "Life's fricking unbelievable".

Andreescu then turned her back to cameras to point to the slogan on the back of her sweatshirt laughing "I'm going to 'just do it!'"

Andreescu has not faced the 37-year-old Williams, while she is 2-0 against Bouzkova.

"For sure there's some pressure, but I have nothing to lose, really", said Andreescu. "I'm just going to try and stay in the present moment". "I'm in the finals of the Rogers Cup". The past couple of months have been so, so, so, so tough, " Andreescu said. Her overhead-smash-turned feathered touch in the eighth game of the opener was an utter delight for the pro-Canadian fans to witness and she pumped her first after converting on her fourth break point of the set to take it 6-4.

Windy conditions at Aviva Centre seemed to benefit Andreescu as Pliskova had to reset her toss on several serves in the first half.

"My body just wanted to let it all out", she explained to the press afterwards.

Andreescu went up 5-2 before Kenin stormed back, and it was 6-5 for the Canadian when the American headed for the locker-room for a medical timeout after having her leg examined on court.

Bouzkova came into the tournament as the No. 91 ranked player and gave Williams a run for her money in a two-hour match but did not have another upset after eliminating Sloane Stephens, Simona Halep, and Jelena Ostapenko. Her most recent loss not related to a match retirement was at the hands of Kenin, in the semifinal in Acapulco, Mexico, back in February. Once she took a commanding 3-1 lead in the final set, Williams was not giving it up. With Pliskova's greatest strength neutralized, Andreescu dominated all facets of the game in the first set for a quick 6-0 win. "I tried to just block it out and do the best I can".

Kenin took out world No. 1 and top seed Asheigh Barty in the second round, Dayana Yastremska in the third round, and two more seeded players, former Rogers Cup champion Belinda Bencic in the fourth round and Elina Svitolina in the quarters. After speaking with an on-court reporter she found her parents in the crowd for a long embrace.

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