Jil Teichmann of Switzerland scored another quality victory this summer, knocking out former world number one Angelique Kerber of Germany in the first round of the Open J&T Banka Ostrava on Tuesday.
In a battle between lefties, world No.42 Teichmann claimed her sixth victory over a Top 20 player this season by knocking out No.6 seed Kerber, 6-2, 6-3, in an hour and 12 minutes. of game.
Half of Teichmann’s six Top 20 wins this year came during her breakthrough to the WTA 1000 event final in Cincinnati, where she beat Naomi Osaka, Belinda Bencic and Karolina Pliskova before falling to the World No.1 Ashleigh Barty.
In her first meeting against three-time Grand Slam champion Kerber, Teichmann took matters into her own hands by winning 60 percent of the points on Kerber’s first serve, converting six of her nine break points that day.
Teichmann worked his way to an early 5-0 lead in the first set before Kerber made a brief comeback, holding for 5-1 and converting his fifth break point of the following match to reach 5-2. But Teichmann’s strong and deep comebacks in the next game allowed him to take the one-set lead once again.
Three consecutive breaks of service left Teichmann with a 3-1 lead in the second set, and she stopped that streak of comeback domination with a 4-1 love hold. Two double faults in Kerber’s next game gave the Swiss player a love break and a 5-1 lead.
But Teichmann couldn’t serve the match in that game, as a fiery cross forehand from Kerber left the German to retract. However, this only delayed Teichmann’s victory as she wrapped up victory two games later after a long comeback from Kerber.
Teichmann will now face American Alison Riske or French qualifier Fiona Ferro in the second round. Riske, finalist for Portoroz last week, and Ferro will play their first round match on Wednesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Ostrava crowds were thrilled with a long, all-Czech, all-generic clash, where Tereza Martincova outlasted Katerina Siniakova, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (9) to advance to the second round .
The battle between world number 61 Martincova and 50th Siniakova lasted 3 hours and 6 minutes, with Martincova coming back from 0-5 in the tie-break and saving a match point at 6-5 in the break.
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Martincova won four of the last five points to hit the breaker and take the win over her compatriot. This is Martincova’s first victory in the main draw of the event, having lost to Barbora Krejcikova in qualifying in the first round last year.
Surprisingly, a tie-breaker in the last set had also decided Martincova and Siniakova’s only previous meeting, which had taken place at an ITF Challenger event in Nantes, France, in 2015. Siniakova, however, had won this. special meeting.
This time around, Martincova emerged victorious, but not without a struggle. Each player broke the serve six times, but Martincova had many more chances than Siniakova, with 20 break points compared to 10 for Siniakova.
Siniakova shot 49 winners against 18 for Martincova, but Siniakova was defeated by 67 unforced errors (including seven double faults), allowing Martincova to come back from one set, an early break in the third set, and 0-5 and point match down in the decisive tie-break.
Martincova will now face No.5 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, a Roland Garros finalist in 2021, in a second round showdown. It will be their first meeting.