Tennis: Andreescu KOs Bencic to set up blockbuster final with Serena

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Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu's dream run at the U.S. Open continued on Thursday as she powered past Belinda Bencic 7-6(3) 7-5 to set up a ...

NEW YORK: Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu's dream run at the US Open continued on Thursday as she powered past Belinda Bencic 7-6 7-5 to set up a highly-anticipated final with Serena Williams on Saturday.

Bencic finally broke Andreescu to open the second set but despite stretching her lead to 4-1 and 5-2, Andreescu fed off the supportive crowd to level at 5-5 after another costly Bencic double fault. The final will pit power against power when Andreescu takes on her childhood hero Williams, who claimed her first US Open title in 1999 before Andreescu was even born.Despite being sidelined at times with injury this year, Andreescu has been a giant slayer when healthy, posting a 7-0 record against top 10 opponents while posting a 33-4 record overall.

Thursday's win marks a remarkable turnaround for the Ontario native who was born to Romanian parents in 2000.

 

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