WTA Palermo: Jil Teichmann ousts Kiki Bertens to win title

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WTA Palermo: Jil Teichmann ousts Kiki Bertens to win title

A left-handed Swiss Jil Teichmann had a slow start of 2019, struggling to find the form before the beginning of April when she finally started to compete on the desired level. Ranked 146th, Teichmann had qualified for the main draw in Prague and claimed the first WTA title, defeating Karolina Muchova after a great battle.

The results were not that good after that but there was nothing wrong with Jil's tennis last week in Palermo, toppling five rivals to lift the second WTA title in less than three months and find herself in the top-60 for the first time.

In the opening round, the Swiss prevailed against Daria Gavrilova and took full advantage of the weak draw to overpower three opponents from outside the top-140 and set the title clash against world no. 5 Kiki Bertens. The Dutch player was the clear favorite but Teichmann had other plans, stunning Bertens 7-6, 6-2 in just under two hours for the second WTA title and the first top-10 victory!

It was a terrible performance from Kiki, hitting way too many unforced errors and losing more than a half points in her games to suffer five breaks from 11 chances offered to her rival. Jil gave serve away three times, staying calm in a tight opening set and marching towards the finish line with a strong performance in the second to lift the trophy.

The opening set lasted for a grueling 75 minutes and it was open war, with six consecutive breaks starting from game four. Teichmann led 3-1, 4-2 and 5-3 before Bertens broke back in the very last moment, prolonging the set and fending off three set points on serve in the tenth game to level the score at 5-5.

Jil played better in the tie break, taking it 7-3 with three mini-breaks and gathering the momentum ahead of set number two. Bertens couldn't stay on the rival's pace, suffering breaks in games three and five to find herself 4-1 down, allowing Teichmann to seal the deal with a hold at love at 5-2 and staying empty-handed.