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

Faye Urban and Vicki Berner were the most recent Canadians to reach the championship match in 1969, with Urban prevailing 6-2, 6-0.

Kenin doesn't carry the top-10 resume of Andreescu's opponents to date, but she's a fearsome foe nonetheless, and played like it, almost pushing the match to a decisive third set. After securing a 4-2 lead she went into closer mode, flashing the awareness and mental toughness that elevates her otherwise impressive game. She dropped to her knees and covered her face before kissing the Aviva Centre's hardcourt.

If you didn't think Andreescu could get any more normal, you're wrong.

"For sure there's some pressure, but I have nothing to lose, really", said Andreescu. "So I'm going to go out there and just give my best performance". "Life is freakin' unbelievable!" Prior to making her return in Toronto, the Mississauga native's last WTA Tour action was at the French Open.

Williams beat Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the second semifinal.

But she has nothing on Andreescu's rise, which saw the teen sensation take the WTA by storm, kick-started by her win at Indian Wells.

When healthy, Andreescu has been virtually unstoppable this season.

Kenin was the last opponent to beat Andreescu in a full match, at the Mexico Open in February. Andreescu scored a win in the other meeting between the two this season and it was clear Saturday's semi was going to be evenly contested.

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Andreescu had three chances to finish the match before the second set went to a tiebreaker, but Kenin fought back every time. But the feisty Canadian broke right back to square it up and saved a pair of critical break points to stay on serve, going up 3-2.

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.

She came jogging back out with a wrap around her right leg and tape on her left inner thigh.

Each player held serve through the first eight games, but as Kenin appeared to be picking up steam, Andreescu dug deep as she has all tourney long, coming back from down 40-15 to take a 5-4 lead. This became big news, as Williams was now ranked as the best tennis player in the entire world.

The opening set was everything and more one would expect from a Premier level Saturday showdown.

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 victor in the next game that sent her 5-2 up.

With Pliskova's greatest strength neutralized, Andreescu dominated all facets of the game in the first set.

Earlier, both players showed impeccable defence, leading to long rallies, none better than the one capped when Andreescu ripped a victor off the net cord to rouse the crowd. When the sun broke through in the fifth game, it seemed like someone turned a light switch on, while light winds later swirled, followed by a brief threat of rain.

All that play time after a lengthy layoff took its toll on Andreescu, who needed a medical timeout in the second set for treatment on her groin. Andreescu has a career 2-1 record versus Kenin, who upset world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in the first round of the Rogers Cup.

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