Barty Blows Past Teichmann For Cincinnati Masters Win, 13th Career Title
by Staff | August 22nd, 2021, 10:00 pm
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Ash Barty completed her Cincinnati sweep winning the Masters event without dropping a set on Sunday rolling past Jil Teichmann 6-3, 6-1.

“It’s been a great week,” said Barty who has won 12 of her last 13. “I felt like all week long I wanted to be really aggressive, I wanted to get up after my serve. I felt like these conditions were going to reward good serving and good first-strike tennis. Even though that’s not necessarily my repertoire all the time, I felt like I wanted to push myself this week to try and be more assertive on my serve.

“I felt like particularly in return games I was able to build pressure and over time that was able to wear down my opponents. It’s just been a great week of tennis all in all and certainly really exciting for us to come away with the title.”

Barty was too strong for the 76th-ranked Teichmann who couldn’t win a 4th straight match over a Top 12 player. Barty dominated on her serve dropping just three points on first serve along with 28 winners to 21 unforced.

“Today against Jil, I feel like I was able to really trust myself and play with confidence, get after the ball, be aggressive and get a bit of a run on, which was going to be important in a big final,” said Barty.

After her 13th career title and 5th of 2021, the Australian showed again why she’s deserving of the No. 1 ranking, and will go into New York with a strong argument to be the favorite ahead of Naomi Osaka. Her 40 match wins are the most of anyone on the year.

“I think we’re just excited that we’ve got matches under our belt in tough conditions here in Cincy, and that’s put us in really good stead going into New York,” Barty added.

Teichmann, who enjoyed wins over Osaka, Belinda Bencic and Karolina Pliskova, couldn’t mount any challenge after 3-all in the first. The lefty ended with 12 winners to 26 unforced.

“I have been feeling very good all week,” Teichmann said. “I can be happy with a little bit of everything. I have been serving very well, I have been returning well with good servers especially. I have been coming in when I needed to. I have been defending when I needed to. I’m really happy with my level.”

The 24-year-old Teichmann will climb back into the Top 45.

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