Barty will play his 5th final in 2021 against the 'Spanish' Teichmann

The Australian defeated the German Kerber (6-2 and 7-5) and will face the Swiss born in Barcelona and trained by Arantxa Parra, who surprised Pliskova (6-2 and 6-4).


Ashleigh Barty is undoubtedly the most stable and dominant tennis player on an almost always unpredictable women's circuit. The Australian, number one in the world on an 82-week streak, beat Angelique Kerber this Saturday (6-2 and 7-5 in 74 minutes) and, without having yet lost a set, will play on Sunday (20:00, DAZN) the final of the WTA 1,000 in Cincinnati, the fifth for her in 2021, against the Swiss born in Barcelona and trained there by Arantxa Parra and Beto Martín, Jill Teichmann, who surprised the Czech Karolina Pliskova (6-2 and 6-4) .

With this victory, Barty leads the year in wins with 39, ahead of the 38 of Krejcikova and Sabalenka, also in titles, with four, and has not lost any of the five penultimate round matches (plus another for abandonment of his rival) this year, and only fell in one final, that of the Mutua Madrid Open against the aforementioned Sabalenka. He won the Yarra Valley Classic, Miami, Stuttgart and Wimbledon. These are the achievements that prove its reliability. She only really failed at the Tokyo Games, where she lost in the first round to Spain's Sara Sorribes.

Before Kerber, a champion with a remarkable defensive capacity who has recovered much of her best level and returns to the top-20, Barty had to sweat his thing, especially in a second set in which the German shot with pride to find her first break options and take advantage of them. From 0-2 he went to 3-2, although when he threatened to prevail in the set, Barty broke the service and set course for victory. Armed with her serve (12 aces), her precision, the best cut backhand in the world and that varied game that makes her unpredictable, she prevented them from coming back and she is going for a fifth title this year.Teichmann explodes in Ohio

Maybe no one expected her in Cincinnati, but Jill Teichmann had already warned that she could set it up after first eliminating Naomi Osaka, winner of three Grand Slams, and her compatriot Belinda Bencic, flaming Olympic champion in Tokyo. The 24-year-old Swiss 76th in the world was also charged with the fourth in the ranking, Karolina Pliskova, whom she also beat with authority and in two sets. She was better than her in everything, even in the facets in which the Czech stands out, the serve (4-8 in aces for Teichmann) and the winning shots (10-27). Jill also failed less, supported by an enthusiastic Parra in the stands.

“My coaches say that I am an amazing person and today I have surprised myself. I served well, I moved well and I was aggressive when I could. It's a dream, to play center court against number one, I can't ask for more, ”said Teichmann, who has a 4-0 record against top-10 this year and is in the best week of his career, in the final. of a WTA 1,000 that will make her climb, at least, 31 places (up to 45), which could be 41 (up to 35) if she is champion.

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