Mississauga's Bianca Andreescu advances to Rogers Cup semifinal

Mississauga's Bianca Andreescu advances to Rogers Cup semifinal

Mississauga's Bianca Andreescu advances to Rogers Cup semifinal

Elina Svitolina, the 2017 Rogers Cup victor, moved on with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Katerina Siniakova, and 2015 champion Belinda Bencic edged Julia Goerges 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.

Andreescu, 19, is playing in her first tournament since the French Open in May.

She fell apart in epic fashion at that juncture, turning what should have been a 5-3 first-set lead into 4-4, all square, with momentum swaying in the direction of world No. 40 Kasatkina, a 21-year-old silent killer of sorts who, like Andreescu, has lived inside the top-30 as an 18-year-old NextGen star. "And I felt it was pretty more mental today".

Andreescu, who has dealt with several injury setbacks in her young career, looked to be in trouble when she gingerly returned to the court from a medical timeout late in the second set with her right thigh heavily taped and her movement hampered. "I'm just going to go out there, try to enjoy myself, and give it all".

"I felt that she was holding back a lot and I was just on top of everything", Andreescu said.

Andreescu and Pliskova exchanged games again to make it 3-2 for the Czech player, but the Canadian seemed to have shaken off whatever had been bothering her legs earlier in the match.

The opening set then went on till the tiebreaker. Pliskova ramped up her WTA Tour-best serve to take control, and Andreescu's health issues changed the complexion of the match entirely. "It was a bit sore, but I think it got a little bit worse during the match".

World No. 29 Kenin picked up her third Top 10 win of the season in one hour and 45 minutes, avenging a loss to the Ukrainian in their only prior meeting at Indian Wells earlier this year.

Pliskova beat Kontaveit in two sets after taking three against American Alison Riske on Wednesday.

"That's why I think my shots were more effective".

Andreescu winced in pain on the court and hobbling between points, but her attempt to become the first Canadian women to reach the semifinals on home soil since Windsor, Ont.'s Faye Urban would not be denied.

"It's hard not to focus on that when it's hurting at every point", said Andreescu.

Pliskova's chances of replacing Australian Ash Barty, who lost here in the second round, atop the world rankings are over and Japan's Naomi Osaka, who plays later on Thursday, will move back into first spot.

Andreescu answered with an ace of her own to tie it up 4-4, then won another game when Pliskova's return on a break point was well past the baseline.

Osaka plays 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams on Saturday.

Williams will meet the victor of the late match between world No. 2 Naomi Osaka of Japan and Polish qualifier Iga Swiatek.

Wimbledon champion Simona Halep of Romania played Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation later Thursday.

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