Wild card Jil Teichmann shows respect for Karolina Pliskova after shock win

Teichmann beat Pliskova to make her maiden Masters final in Cincinnati.

by Dzevad Mesic
Wild card Jil Teichmann shows respect for Karolina Pliskova after shock win

Swiss wild card Jil Teichman had nothing but good to say of world No. 4 Karolina Pliskova after stunning the Czech in the Cincinnati Masters semifinal. Teichmann, ranked at No. 76 in the world, stunned fifth-seeded Pliskova in straight sets as she won 6-2 6-4.

Teichmann has a great respect for Pliskova's serve, saying the Czech is the best server on the WTA Tour. Yet Teichmann managed to claim two breaks of serve in each set. Pliskova claimed her first break of the match in the eighth game of the second set but dropped her serve once again in the following game and there was no coming back from that.

"Yeah, I mean, for me, Karolina for me, she's the best server out there. Actually, every time I'm serving good, I'm like, 'Hey, I'm like Pliskova right now'", Teichmann said, as revealed by Ben Rothenberg. "She's definitely a role model for me in that.

She has a very good speed and placement, so I was just looking where she was serving. I was changing my position. I was trying it all the time, honestly. Every time I had the chance with her second serve, I was going for it. That worked out really well today."

Teichmann puts Pliskova ahead of Ashleigh Bary when it comes to serve

"I mean, Karolina has the 'Ace Queen' shirt, so come on (smiling).

It is her. She's been showing off many, many years that she has a really good serve," Teichmann noted. "I don't know. When I see her, I think about the serve. Even if Ash has better numbers right now, I don't know. I haven't checked it, honestly.

"i mean, Ash is a very complete player. Karolina, as well, but I cannot tell you. It's like some people -- it's like Rafa, you say 'Forehand.' I mean, this guy has everything, as well. But, I don't know, for me, Karolina is the ace queen."

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