Kenin has also had herself an impressive tournament, knocking off top seed Ashleigh Barty in the round of 32 and sixth seed Elina Svitolina in today's quarterfinal. She will play the victor between Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina, both former Rogers Cup champions, in the quarterfinals.
Andreescu, who improved to 23-4 on the season with the win, entered the Rogers Cup ranked No. 27. The Canadian scored her first break in the opening game, converted on another after holding and broke her opponent's service yet again before serving out the set and screaming "come on!" as she pumped her fist having completed the bagel. "She has really great defense, and I needed to be patient when I closed the points out", Kenin added.
Svitolina then held her serve to stay in the tournament but it was the American who reached the finishing line as she fixed her position at the semifinals in Toronto after winning the second set 6-4.
Andreescu, who has dealt with several injury setbacks in her young career, looked to be in trouble when she gingerly returned to the court from a medical timeout late in the second set with her right thigh heavily taped and her movement hampered.
"I'm getting there", said Williams, who hasn't dropped a set this week as she pursues a fourth Toronto title to go with those she won in 2001, 2011 and 2013.
"For sure better than it was maybe yesterday", Pliskova said. Pliskova ramped up her WTA Tour-best serve to take control, and Andreescu's health issues changed the complexion of the match entirely. "And today I felt it more, so that's why I chose to retire", said Halep. I felt it this morning, too.
In two lengthy games to start the third set, Andreescu continued to struggle with obvious pain in her legs, grimacing after lengthy rallies forced her to sprint all over the court.
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"It hurt, but it wasn't the end of the world", Williams said.
Andreescu, from nearby Mississauga, Ont., defeated third-seeded Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 in a dramatic match on Friday afternoon.
Andreescu answered with an ace of her own to tie it up 4-4, then won another game when Pliskova's return on a break point was well past the baseline.
Three-times champion Serena Williams, the number eight seed, and second-seeded Osaka kick off the evening session in their first meeting since the American's infamous row with an umpire overshadowed last year's US Open final.
Williams will face Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova on Saturday.
Czech 21-year-old Bouzkova's breakout run in Toronto will carry into the weekend after Halep, who had been complaining about her Achilles all week, retired from their match.