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Andreescu vs Kenin WTA Rogers Cup Toronto Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Young guns, Andreescu and Kenin clash in Rogers Cup semi-final

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 10 Aug 2019
  • Bianca Andreescu vs Sofia Kenin is live from Toronto on Saturday, 10 August from 1:00pm local time/ 6:00m BST
  • Andreescu and Kenin have split their two previous meetings
Bianca Andreescu (PA Sport)

Canadian hope, Bianca Andreescu takes on fellow young gun, Sofia Kenin in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup on Saturday. 

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It has been another electrifying run from Andreescu, who has come through four consecutive three-set matches to become the first Canadian woman to reach the Rogers Cup semi-finals in half a century.

What is most remarkable is that she has only just returned from a lengthy absence from the tour following a shoulder injury sustained at the Miami Open in March. Andreescu attempted a comeback at Roland Garros, but lasted only one match before withdrawing from the tournament, but this has been a far more successful return in Toronto, and there is still room for even more success over the weekend.

Andreescu suffered a first-round exit in her only previous Rogers Cup appearance last season, but she has surged into the semi-finals this year, beating Eugenie Bouchard, Daria Kasatkina, Kiki Bertens and Karolina Pliskova, all in three sets, in an outstanding week.

By beating Bertens and Pliskova, the 19-year-old extends her record over top-ten players to a staggering 6-0, all of those wins coming this year. 6-0 was also the scoreline in the opening set of her quarter final against Pliskova, as she dissected the Czech with her variety and all-court game, but Pliskova battled back strongly to take the second set. With Andreescu struggling towards the end of the set, she left the court to receive a Medical Time Out and looked uncomfortable when play resumed, dropping serve to concede the second set. Pliskova was the stronger player at the start of the decider, but Andreescu, with her right thigh heavily strapped, dug deep and stayed with world No. 3, and her diligence paid off as Pliskova produced a shocking game at 4-4 to lose her serve, presenting her opponent with the chance to serve out the match, an opportunity she took with aplomb.

"I've been practicing a lot on trying to figure out what to do in these kind of circumstances," Andreescu said after the match. "I've had many opportunities to try different things, and I finally found something that clicked for me. And when I step out on the court, I'm fearless. I show no mercy no matter who I play, and I think that's showing a lot." 
"This really means a lot to me... I've been putting in a lot of work, and I've dedicated myself to this sport 100%, and it's definitely paying off."

Andreescu was ranked outside the world's top-100 at the start of the year, but she jumped out of the blocks in 2019, reaching the final in her first tournament in Auckland, beating former world No. 1's, Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams in the process. She went on to claim the WTA 125K title at Newport Beach, and reach the semi-finals in Acapulco, before producing a sensational run to win first WTA title at Indian Wells. Andreescu defeated Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina and Angelique Kerber in the final three rounds to become the first wildcard to win Indian Wells. She backed up that run by reaching the fourth round in Miami, before being forced to pull out of her match with Anett Kontaveit due to a shoulder injury.

After a failed attempted return at Roland Garros, the world No. 27 is back with a bang, and two wins away from a famous title-run on home soil. She will attempt to secure one of those wins when she plays Sofia Kenin on Saturday.

Kenin has also been superb this week, beating two top-ten players to reach her first Premier- level semi-final. 

The 20-year-old scored the biggest win of her career- in terms of the ranking of her opponent- in the second round, taking down Ashleigh Barty in three sets for her first victory over a reigning world No. 1, while she out-battled world No. 7, Elina Svitolina in the quarter finals on Friday. She has also beaten Su-Wei Hsieh and Dayana Yastremska in a high-quality week in Toronto.

Kenin had fought back from a set down to beat Barty in that second round meeting, and it looked like she would have to repeat the trick against Svitolina on Friday, after slipping to a 4-0 deficit. However, the American once again showed off her battling qualities as she got back into the set, recovering the second break for 5-5 as Svitolina served for the set, before dominating the ensuing tie break to take the lead. Svitolina applied all the early pressure in the second set, carving out five break points across Kenin's first two service games, but the American held firm, and was more efficient with her break point opportunities, converting her first chance of the set to take a 3-2 lead. That proved to be the difference as the American held on to that lead to close out a fine 7-6 6-4 victory.

Kenin is into her fourth semi-final of the season, and will attempt to stay perfect in WTA semis in 2019 when she plays Andreescu on Saturday. She has already claimed her first career titles in Hobart and Mallorca, while she was a beaten finalist in Acapulco (lost to Yafan Wang). Her other notable result of the season was her run to the fourth round at Roland Garros, which included a marquee third-round victory over Serena Williams. That French Open result took her into the top 30 for the first time. 

Kenin and Andreescu have split their two previous matches, with Kenin winning in Acapulco earlier in the year, and Andreescu responding with a win in Miami. Both ladies have been excellent this week, and for one of them, the Rogers Cup journey will continue into a Rogers Cup final.

"It's great to see the young generation doing well on the WTA," said Andreescu. "I played her twice this year already, so I know what to expect from her. She is a fighter. She gets to a lot of balls. So I'm going to go out there and just give my best performance."

Bianca Andreescu vs Sofia Kenin is live from Toronto on Saturday, 10 August from 1:00pm local time/ 6:00m BST

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Andreescu vs Kenin WTA Rogers Cup Toronto Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Young guns, Andreescu and Kenin clash in Rogers Cup semi-final

Canadian hope, Bianca Andreescu takes on American young gun, Sofia Kenin in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup on Saturday. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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