Andreescu, 19, to face Serena in Rogers Cup final

Andreescu, 19, to face Serena in Rogers Cup final

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

Against Andreescu, Kenin not only won the next three games to get back to claw back in the second set, but she also fought off three match points while serving to stay in the match but could not hold off the Canadian who hit a baseline victor in the deep corner. Andreescu said the emotional display was automatic after a gruelling second set that had her face five match points.

Faye Urban and Vicki Berner were the most recent Canadians to reach the championship match in 1969, with Urban prevailing 6-2, 6-0.

Backed by a vocal sellout crowd, Andreescu beat Kenin on her fifth match point, avoiding a third set for the first time in the tournament. Both players hit crisp returns and showed great variety, with Kenin coming up big off the service line to fend off three break points in the opening set and Andreescu once again utilizing what must be one of the most mesmerizing drop shots on tour. Andreescu has now pushed her winning streak to 16 consecutive matches (not including ones that forced her to retire with injury) and will now move up to, at least, 19th in the WTA rankings. "I have nothing to lose really". But the feisty Canadian broke right back to square it up and saved a pair of critical break points to stay on serve, going up 3-2. She has been on the court more than any other player at this year's Rogers Cup at 10 hours 54 minutes. Andreescu won 64 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her nine break points.

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

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"All the emotions I had during that tiebreaker, I think my body just wanted to let it all out, " Andreescu said.

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.

Like Bouzkova, Kenin had her fair share of upsets beating sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina and world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty to reach the semifinal against Andreescu. But I try to channel that pressure into something good. She battled to a 1-1 tie, but an overhand smash gave Pliskova a 2-1 lead.

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.