TORONTO – Bianca Andreescu beat American Sofia Kenin 6-4 7-6(5) at the Rogers Cup on Saturday to become the first Canadian woman to reach the championship match of the tournament since 1969.
Andreescu, who shot to prominence with her Indian Wells triumph in March, extended her dream run in her home country when she fired a backhand winner on her fifth match point.
For Andreescu, who made her return to action in Toronto after missing the last few months with a shoulder injury, the win was her first two-set victory all week after having spent more time on court than any other player.
"I've been through so much the past two months, and all I can say is I'm so happy to be back on court," an emotional Andreescu said on-court.
"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. I'd say this is even bigger than winning Indian Wells."