Rogers Cup: Serena Williams to face Bianca Andreescu in Toronto final

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In the victory, Andreescu won 75 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points.

Pliskova put her return into the net on match point, sending Andreescu on to the semifinals.

Bianca Andreescu and Serena Williams meet in the final of the 2019 tennis Rogers Open.

It capped an improbable week for the Canadian teen, who will move her ranking to world No. 20 after Toronto and would climb to No. 14 with a win in the final.

Earlier, Kenin upset sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 7-6 (2), 6-4. Andreescu had three chances to finish the semifinal before the second set went to a tiebreaker, but the American fought back each time.

Bouzkova's week included wins over 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, former French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko and a clash with Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, who retired hurt after dropping the first set of their quarter-final.

In the evening matches, American Serena Williams faced Naomi Osaka of Japan and qualifier Marie Bouzkova, also from the Czech Republic, played Simona Halep of Romania.

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Williams committed 18 unforced errors in the first set alone but in the second set, she was able to break the seventh game and would go on to win the final four games of the set. "It's just so incredible that I'm in the final of the Rogers Cup". 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.

"She just did everything well, she had a really good game plan and she was moving great", said Williams.

Andreescu, who shot to prominence with her Indian Wells triumph in March, extended her dream run to become the first Canadian woman to reach the final of the tournament since 1969. "I've been through so much the past two months, and all I can say is I'm so happy to be back on court", an emotional Andreescu said on-court. She dropped to her knees and covered her face before kissing the Aviva Centre's hardcourt. Andreescu caught the eye of her parents in the stands and pointed at her groin as she made her way off the court.

"I don't play in those kind of conditions, so it's not like I can practice, " Kenin said.

"In the third set I told myself 'go big or go home.' Literally go home".

In two lengthy games to start the third set, Andreescu continued to struggle with obvious pain in her legs, grimacing after lengthy rallies forced her to sprint all over the court. "I tried to just block it out and do the best I can".

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