Teichmann continues fairytale run in Cincinnati

Ash Barty and Angelique Kerber will go head-to-head in the semis as Jil Teichmann gears up for an unlikely final-four berth.

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Wildcard Jil Teichmann continued her fairytale run with victory over Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic at the Western & Southern Open.

Unheralded Swiss and world number 76 Teichmann claimed another scalp, this time upstaging countrywoman Bencic 6-3 6-2 in the quarter-finals.

Teichmann stunned world number two Naomi Osaka en route to the quarters and maintained her giant-slaying form in Cincinnati, where 10th seed Bencic became the latest victim.

“We hugged before the match; we hugged after the match,” Teichmann said of the Bencic meeting. “We know that once we step on court it’s business, it’s just another player I have to deal with, and she had the same mindset. At the beginning it’s obviously a bit special, but once we’re in it, we just look at the game, not looking at the opponent, or at least I do that way.”

Teichmann will take on fifth seed Karolina Pliskova, who advanced to her second successive WTA 1000 semi-final after Paula Badosa retired down 7-5 2-0.

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