Andreescu Advances to Semis in Toronto

AM800-Sports-Bianca Andreescu-August 9-2019

Bianca Andreescu overcame a strained groin to become the first Canadian woman to make the semifinal of the Rogers Cup since 1979.

The 19-year-old from nearby Mississauga beat third-seeded Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 on Friday at Aviva Centre on York University's campus.

Andreescu is playing in her first tournament since the French Open in May. An injured right shoulder has forced her to miss months of competition.

Andreescu will face American Sofia Kenin in a semifinal of the WTA event on Saturday.

Kenin upset sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 7-6 (2), 6-4 earlier Friday. Andreescu has a career 2-1 record versus Kenin, who upset world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in the first round of the Rogers Cup.

Like Kenin, Andreescu has become an upset machine, going 6-0 against top 10 opponents this season.

Later Friday, American Serena Williams beat Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3, 6-4 in a rematch of last year's controversial U.S. Open final.

Qualifier Marie Bouzkova, also from the Czech Republic, will face Williams in the semis. Bouzkova beat Simona Halep of Romania 6-4 in the first set before the fourth-seeded Romanian retired because of injury.