Saving her best tennis for the weekend, the 19-year-old persevered against her pesky 20-year-old competition on Saturday, Russian-born Floridian Sofia Kenin, 6-4, 7-6 (5), to reach the final of her hometown Rogers Cup.
Andreescu then turned her back to cameras to point to the slogan on the back of her sweatshirt laughing "I'm going to 'just do it!'"
Williams said she was looking forward to taking on Andreescu, whose run to the final has electrified Toronto crowds. "It's just so incredible that I'm in the final of the Rogers Cup".
"I know what to expect from her", said Andreescu.
Andreescu has faced a similar situation to Williams this year: she was forced to withdraw from the French Open and has missed the last few months with injury. Her world ranking will rise from 27th to at least 19th. Andreescu had three chances to finish the semifinal before the second set went to a tiebreaker, but the American fought back each time.
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Andreescu had been on the court more than any other player at this year's Rogers Cup at 10 hours 54 minutes heading into the match against Williams.
All that playing after a lengthy layoff has taken a toll. She'll meet Serena Williams on Sunday. The American won the last of her 72 singles titles in the 2017 Australian Open. "So I'm going to go out there and just give my best performance".
"For sure, there's some pressure, but I have nothing to lose, really", Andreescu said. "Just being able to be here right now is truly incredible".
Canadians Faye Urban and Vicki Berner played in the 1969 final, with Urban winning the tournament that was played on clay and called the Canadian Open.
In the next stoppage of play, Andreescu and a trainer went to the locker room for more in-depth treatment. "It's been a tough year, but we'll keep going". Both players hit crisp returns and showed great variety, with Kenin coming up big off the service line to fend off three break points in the opening set and Andreescu once again utilizing what must be one of the most mesmerizing drop shots on tour.
She'll play the victor of the second semifinal between American Serena Williams and Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic.