Jennifer Brady, Jil Teichmann advance to the Lexington final


American world No.49 Jennifer Brady and Swiss world No.63 Jil Teichmann both progressed in straight sets to the final of the inaugural Top Seed Open, the first WTA tournament in the United States since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 23-year-old left-hander Teichmann defeated Serena Williams’ conqueror Shelby Rogers 6-3 6-2 in Saturday’s semifinals and is now through to her third career WTA final. The Spanish-born player from Switzerland, who enjoyed a breakout year in 2019 advancing to and winning her first two WTA titles at Prague and Palermo, has so far always won a tournament when she reached the semifinals.

The 24-year-old Brady, the highest-ranked woman in Lexington semifinals that consisted only of unseeded players, used her big serve to power past fellow American Coco Gauff 6-2 6-4 in 70 minutes and reach her first WTA final. In the semifinal, Brady recorded eight aces and impressed by 100% of points won behind her first serve in the second set (14/14).

Both Teichmann and Brady have yet to drop a set in Lexington this week.



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