Serena Williams to play Canadian teen in Rogers Cup final

Teenager Bianca Andreescu advanced to the Rogers Cup title match in Toronto with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory over Sofia Kenin on Saturday, becoming the first Canadian in 50 years to make the women’s final.

Andreescu, from Mississauga, Ontario, will face Serena Williams on Sunday. Williams beat Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the other semifinal.

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.

“For sure there’s some pressure, but I have nothing to lose, really,” Andreescu, 19, said. “We’ll see how it goes. I’m just going to try and stay in the present moment.”

• In the men’s Rogers Cup in Montreal, top-seeded defending champion Rafael Nadal advanced to the final when Gael Monfils withdrew before their semifinal with a sore left ankle.

Nadal will face eighth-seeded Daniil Medvedev, a 6-1, 7-6 (6) winner over sixth-seeded Karen Khachanov in the all-Russian first semifinal.

Motor sports: Team Penske’s Austin Cindric raced to his second straight NASCAR Xfinity Series victory, holding off Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington.

Cindric, 20, won for the first time in the series last week on the road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Los Gatos native A.J. Allmendinger was third, with points leader Tyler Reddick fourth.

• In the NASCAR Truck Series at Brooklyn, Mich., Austin Hill held off Sheldon Creed to earn his second victory of the year and his first since the season-opening race in Dayton, Ohio.

The playoffs begin Thursday with Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Ross Chastain, Hill, Johnny Sauter, Tyler Ankrum and Matt Crafton in contention for the championship.

WNBA: Erica Wheeler had 19 points and seven assists and the host Indiana Fever beat Atlanta 87-82 to hand the Dream their ninth consecutive loss.

Protest: Olympic fencing medalist Race Imboden took a knee in protest during his team’s foil medal ceremony at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

The American knelt during the national anthem at the medal ceremony Friday to protest racial and social injustice. He won a bronze medal in the individual men’s foil event and then took gold in the team competition with San Francisco’s Gerek Meinhardt, also an Olympic medal winner, and Nick Itkin.

“This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze,” Imboden said on Twitter. “My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart. Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants.”

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