Andreescu ends 50-year wait for Canadian finalist

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DREAM RUN: Bianca Andreescu is into the Toronto final; Getty Images
In her first tournament since the French Open, Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu charges into the Toronto final.

Bianca Andreescu is giving local fans in Toronto lots to cheer about this week, becoming the first Canadian woman in 50 years to reach the final.

The 19-year-old overcome American Sofia Kenin 6-4 7-6(5) in the semifinals. It continues a remarkable comeback from Andreescu, who had been restricted to one match in the past four months due to a shoulder injury.

“All I can say is I’m so happy to be back on court…I’m in the final of the Rogers Cup,” a tearful Andreescu said on-court after the match.

“I’m glad it was two sets today, but it wasn’t easy… I was so so nervous, and I just felt like crying after because I’m just so happy.”

Her semifinal victory assures the No.27-ranked Andreescu will make her top 20 debut next week – and she could rise to No.14 if she wins the title. This time last year she was ranked outside the top 200.

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Andreescu is aiming to win her second WTA title, having also won Indian Wells earlier this season.

She will face Serena Williams in the final. The eighth-seeded American needed three sets to battle past Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova in the semifinals, recovering from a slow start to win 1-6 6-3 6-3.

It qualifies Serena for a first tour-level hard court final, outside of a Grand Slam, since Indian Wells in 2016.

The three-time Toronto champion is aiming to win her first title since becoming a mother, having lost her past three finals since her return in 2018.

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