WTA Toronto: Bianca Andreescu battles past Sofia Kenin to reach final


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WTA Toronto: Bianca Andreescu battles past Sofia Kenin to reach final

The 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu has made her home fans in Toronto proud once again, defeating Sofia Kenin 6-4, 7-6 in grueling two hours and 11 minutes. Playing only the second tournament after that nasty shoulder injury from Miami, Bianca gave her to overpower all the rivals so far and advance into the third WTA final of the season, waiting for Serena Williams or Marie Bouzkova in the title clash on Sunday.

Kenin was there to fight and they were separated by a little, giving her 120% to extend the encounter and finish on the winning side just like she did in Acapulco in February. Bianca was eager to ruin that plan, though, fending off five out of seven break points and throwing everything from her arsenal at the American to seal the deal in straight sets and avoid spending more time on the court after being engaged in grueling encounters so far this week.

Kenin suffered three breaks from nine chances offered to Andreescu, overcoming a 5-2 deficit in set number two and fending off four match points before the Canadian finally crossed the finish line to book the place in the final as the first home player since 1969.

Andreescu had 28 winners and 36 unforced errors, mixing her shots nicely to keep the points on her racquet and steal the momentum from Kenin who had 18 winners and 39 unforced errors. Both players had their chances on the return in the second part of the opening set, with Andreescu fending off two break chances with winners at 4-4 before closing it with a break at 15 in the next game with an easy smash winner at the net.

They traded breaks in games three and four in set number two, with another one for Bianca at 3-2, opening the advantage and moving closer to the finish line after a service winner in the next game that sent her 5-2 up. Ready to fight for every point, Sofia pulled the break back in the very last moment at 3-5 when Bianca netted a routine forehand, climbing back and fending off three match points on serve at 5-6 to set up a tie break.

Being in danger of losing both the breaker and the match in the potential decider, Andreescu seized the fifth match point at 6-5 with a backhand down the line winner for one of the most emotional wins of her young career.