Canda's Andreescu wins Rogers Cup after Williams retires due to injury

Sofia Kenin

Teenager Bianca Andreescu advanced to the Rogers Cup title match with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory over Sofia Kenin on Saturday, becoming the first Canadian in 50 years to make the women's final.

After playing in four consecutive three-set matches to reach the semis, Andreescu was able to put Kenin away before going the distance, sealing the win on her fifth match point.

All that play time after a lengthy layoff took its toll on Andreescu, who needed a medical timeout in the second set for treatment on her groin.

Microphones picked up Williams referencing back spasms when she spoke to Andreescu.

There was the memorable 2012 run that saw Aleksandra Wozniak beat former world No.1 Jelena Jankovic and became the first Canadian in 20 years to reach the quarter-finals. "The past couple of months have been so so so so tough", said Andreescu about her post-match celebrations.

She had been on the court more than any other player at this year's Rogers Cup at 10 hours, 54 minutes heading into the match against Williams. She ended on an optimistic tone, saying that despite it being a rough year professionally, she was going to keep going and competing. On this day previous year the Mississauga, ON native ranked 208th in the world.

"I got really low on this one ball (Pliskova) hit", said Andreescu, who said the trainer wanted to tape up her legs in a more private setting.

After dropping the opening set, Kenin hung tight, converting her first break of the match early in the second set to go up 2-1. "But I just I couldn't do it. Thanks to Jehovah for letting me come out here".

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We were denied what, on paper, was set to be a thrilling finals matchup between Andreescu and Williams.

Bianca Andreescu dropped to her knees and covered her face in visible relief before kissing the Aviva Centre's hardcourt after advancing to the Rogers Cup final.

"I think it's huge, especially with how young she is", says Aleks Cheho, a 15-year-old tennis instructor at Applewood Tennis Club in Mississauga.

Andreescu's clinical facade cracked only twice in the first set, pumping her fist when she took a 4-0 lead and again when she won the set with a forehand smash.

"I'm sorry I couldn't do it today, I tried", the 23-time Grand Slam champion said on the sidelines, according to the BBC. "But when things happen like that I just try to focus on the tactics and forget about the pain, but it's not easy".

After kissing the hard court Andreescu lay on her back, crying and covering her face.

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

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