Serena Williams survives the scare to reach the final of the Rogers Cup

TORONTO Serena Williams He recovered to avoid a surprising surprise and secure a victory in the semifinals by 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 over the Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova in the Rogers Cup on Saturday, organizing a title match with local teenager Bianca Andreescu.

Williams was in a battle from the beginning against the 21-year-old Czech, who showed no nerve despite playing his first WTA semifinal against a player who was his role model while growing up.

Bouzkova quickly climbed a double break to get a 4-1 lead and sealed the first set in 29 minutes, but Williams quickly made the necessary adjustments and got his first break from the game to advance 4-3 in the second before forcing a decision . .

The consistency that Bouzkova showed at the beginning of the game suddenly began to fade and when Williams broke to advance 3-1 in the third set, he finished with the impressive career of the Czechs in Toronto.

He just did everything right, had a really good game plan and was moving very well, Williams said.

I just had to make some adjustments, mainly mentally to maintain a positive attitude.

Bouzkova's week included victories over the US Open champion. UU. 2017 Sloane Stephens, former French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko and a showdown with Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, who retired injured after losing the first set of her quarterfinals.

Williams arrived in Toronto in hopes of winning many hard court games before earning a 24th Grand Slam title in his career on August 26 to Sept. 8 US Open UU.

The next in his bid for a first title since returning to the competition in 2018 after the birth of his daughter will be the 19-year-old Canadian Andreescu, who beat the American SofĂ­a Kenin 6-4, 7-6 (5) in The other semifinal. final.

Andreescu, who rose to fame with his triumph at Indian Wells in March, extended his dream career to become the first Canadian woman to reach the final of the tournament since 1969.

For Andreescu, who is competing for the first time since he retired from the French Open with a shoulder injury, the victory was his first victory in two sets throughout the week after spending more time on the court than any other player .

I have been through so much in the last two months, and all I can say is that I am very happy to return to the field, said an excited Andreescu on the field.

I'm glad it was two sets today, but it wasn't easy. I was so, very nervous and wanted to cry because I am very happy. I would say that this is even bigger than winning an Indian Wells.