Wildcard Teichmann into Cincy final with Pliskova victory

In her second main draw appearance at Cincinnati, the Swiss wildcard has reached the final

Jil Teichmann

Wildcard Jil Teichmann took out another seed at the Western and Southern Open – eliminating fifth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 6-4 in their first-ever tour meeting to reach her first-ever WTA 1000 final.

Teichmann had already beaten Olympic champion Belinda Bencic in straight sets in the quarter-final, and knocked out second seed Naomi Osaka in the round of 16.

The 24-year-old will now play world No 1 Ash Barty for the title.

The Swiss had a great hard-court swing earlier in the year, when she reached the latter stages of three consecutive tournaments – the quarter-final of the Phillip Island Trophy, followed by semi-finals at Adelaide and then Dubai.

Teichmann has enjoyed a great week in Cincinnati, and this is now the first time since Dubai that she has managed to string together back-to-back victories.

With this win over the Czech she records the fifth Top 10 win of her career – four of which have come this year.

Pliskova will have to wait a little longer for her first title of 2021 – but will be reassured that she will stay put as world No 4 for the time being.

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