Ashleigh Barty and Jil Teichmann will contest the Western & Southern Open final on Sunday. Barty defeated Angelique Kerber in the first semi-final of Saturday in what was a rematch of their Wimbledon semi-final. The world no.
1 needed an hour and 41 minutes to complete a 6-2, 7-5 victory for the former world no. 1. While the opening set went Barty’s way easily, Kerber mounted a comeback in the second set. The German overturned an early break to first level the set and then briefly go up a break 3-2 before Barty found her rhythm again before wearing down her opponent to finish the match in straight sets.
The tournament top seed hasn’t dropped a set all through this week. The Australian finished with 29 winners, 13 more than Kerber’s tally. Barty also had 18 unforced errors, three fewer than her opponent’s 21.
This is Barty’s sixth final this season and she’ll be looking to win her fifth title.
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Teichmann, meanwhile, put an end to Karolina Pliskova’s run in Cincinnati.
The Swiss, a wildcard entrant in the main draw, won in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 22 minutes. Post-match, in her conversation with the media, Teichmann said, “I think I served really good, as did she. Especially in the beginning, I was trying to return, somehow get into the rally.
I felt as well very good in the rally, and I think that's where I made the difference. I have been working a lot on many different aspects. Mentally, I have been working [on] my strokes. I have been working physically, as I mentioned already the past few days.
I have had injuries, so I had to work a lot physically, as well. Long weeks, long hours. I guess just the positives getting together right now this week”. The Western & Southern Open final between Ashleigh Barty and Jil Teichmann will be the first meeting between the two.