Jil Teichmann‘s fairytale run continues at the Western & Southern Open, as the world No.76 is now through to the final where she’ll face top-ranked Ashleigh Barty.
Seed No.1 Barty defeated three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber 6-2 7-5 in a rematch of their Wimbledon semifinal. Barty hit 12 aces and her overall good serving performance earned her some cheap points. Barty’s goal was to neutralise Kerber’s superb returns with good serves. After the match, Kerber praised Barty’s confidence, serve, and the ability to execute tricky shots, i.e. to pick the right placement at the right moment.
With 39 match wins this year, Barty is the Tour leader. The Australian has lost just three matches on hard courts this season. Kerber will return to the Top 20 next week moving to No.17 as a semifinalist.
Wildcard Teichmann has now defeated three Top 12 ranked opponents in the three days. After upsets of three-time major champion Naomi Osaka and Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic, the Swiss dispatched former world No.1 Karolina Pliskova 6-2 6-4 in the semifinals to set up a title match against the reigning Wimbledon champion.
Teichmann is 4-0 vs. Top 10 opponents this year. The 24-year-old has secured a rise to No.45 in the WTA rankings and can climb as high as No.35 with the Western & Southern Open title.