Jil Teichmann from Switzerland got a place in the biggest WTA single final of her career by sending No. 5 seed Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic with 6-2, 6-4 and into the championship game of the WTA 1000 Western & Southern advanced open.
The 24-year-old Teichmann, a wild card for number 76 in the world rankings, only needed an hour and 22 minutes to upset number 4 in the world rankings Pliskova in hot conditions on Saturday afternoon in Ohio.
Teichmann is now 4-0 against the top 10 players this season. Beating 2016 Cincinnati champion Pliskova was Teichmann’s second top 5 win of the week and her third straight win over a top 20 player.
A week of excitement continues: Teichmann stunned number 2 in the world, Naomi Osaka in the round of 16 for her biggest career win according to the ranking. You then scored a quarter-final win against 12th-placed Belinda Bencic, her compatriot and the reigning Olympic champion.
Statistics corner: Both players had a 69 percent success rate behind their first serves, but Teichmann took the lead on the points of the second serve, winning 59 percent of that, compared to just 34 percent for 2021 Wimbledon runner-up, Pliskova.
This enabled Teichmann to convert four of their nine breakpoints; Pliskova, on the other hand, was only 1 to 7 on breakpoints. Teichmann also had eight aces, twice as many as Pliskova, who led the tour in Assen for four of the last six seasons.
Key moments: After a love hold to 2-2 in the first set, Teichmann scored a critical service break when she carved a disc at her second breakpoint to force Pliskova to make a net error. In total, Teichmann won the last five games of the opening framework.
Even more important is that Teichmann served 3: 2 out of the triple breakpoint in the second set and finally scrapped this hold after five deuces. The couple exchanged breaks after this game, but Teichmann regained the break lead 5: 4 and then served the match confidently to move into their first WTA 1000 final.
Teichmann’s thoughts: “I think I served very well, just like her,” Teichmann told the press after her victory. “Especially at the beginning I tried to come back, somehow get into the rally. I also felt very good in the rally and I think I made the difference there.”
“I’ve worked a lot on many different aspects,” added Teichmann. “I worked mentally [on] my punches. I’ve been working physically, as I’ve mentioned over the past few days. I had injuries, so I had to do a lot of physical work. Long weeks, long hours. I think only the positives come together this week. “
What’s next: Teichmann is now in her fourth WTA individual final, but in her first above WTA 250 level. In 2019 Teichmann won clay court titles in Prague and Palermo, and last year she reached her first hard court final in Lexington.
On the way to her third WTA individual title and her first at WTA 1000 level, Teichmann will meet the number 1 in the world and the reigning Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty in the final. It will be their first meeting.
“It’s perfect for me,” said Teichmann, looking forward to the final. “To play the world number 1 in a final against the center court, it’s perfect. It’s a really nice challenge and I’ll take it on.”
Stosur and Zhang stop the Dabrowski / Stefani Moloch to win the double
Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai won their third team title and their first since winning the 2019 Australian Open by beating Montreal champions Gabriela Dabrowski and Luisa Stefani 7: 5, 6: 3 to win the double title in Cincinnati. The win in the direct set crowned an exciting week for Stosur / Zhang, who won four consecutive match tie breaks to advance to their second WTA 1000 final as a team.
Faced with the hottest team on the doubles course, Stosur and Zhang quickly overcame a slow start after falling 0-2 in the first set. After Zhang’s strong return, the Australian-Chinese duo broke serve to win the first set. The second set was similar for the eventual champions as they picked themselves up again from 0: 2 and extended the lead in front of Dabrowski / Stefani, who were in the third final of the summer hard court season in a row.
In the last game, Dabrowski / Stefani kept the pressure up. With a 5: 3 from Stosur, Dabrowski / Stefani achieved two breakpoints with 30:40. But the 2011 US Open champ turned back the clock and fired two perfectly placed first serves to end the win and underscored the night with an ace.