The Australian world number one Ash Barty won her fifth WTA Tour title of the year with a 6-3, 6-1 win over the Swiss Jil Teichmann in Cincinnati.
- Ash Barty hasn’t lost a set as she won her fifth tournament this year
- Barty is the first Australian to win an individual title in Cincinnati in 48 years
- Barty has won 12 games in a row in the lead up to the US Open next week
Barty didn’t drop a sentence all week as she raved to the 13th title of her career in an hour and 12 minutes.
“It was so nice to play in front of you again,” said Barty on the court.
“I’ve seen so many smiling children playing tennis. You really reminded me how much I loved this sport.
“Thank you for coming out and giving us players so much fun.”
Teichmann, although he is 76th in the world rankings and the lowest Cincinnati finalist for 13 years, had already stunned Olympic champion Belinda Bencic, world number two Naomi Osaka and Wimbledon finalist Karolina Plíšková on the way to the final.
The athletic left-hander expected to “attack” Barty, but found the Queenslander too hot when Barty played on the Swiss serve and broke it five times.
Barty reeled eight games in a row after the pair shared the first six games, with the help of eight aces that took their record to a tournament-leading 42 for the week.
Teichmann eventually dented Barty’s serve and broke off her first breakpoints of the game when Barty served at 5-0 for the game.
But the postponement was short-lived, because a widely beaten Teichmann forehand gave Barty the first individual triumph of an Australian in Cincinnati since Evonne Goolagong in 1973.
It was Barty’s 40th match win of the year, pushing her record to 5-1 in the final in 2021 – her only loss to Aryna Sabalenka in Madrid.
Barty has won titles in Melbourne, Miami, Stuttgart, Wimbledon and now Cincinnati.
Teichmann, who has now hopefully left her crippling injury worries behind to show that she could well join the elite, was full of praise for Barty.
“Congratulations Ash, you are an extraordinary number one, you are great on and off the pitch, so very, very good for you and your team and keep it up.”
Barty replied in the same way, “First Jil, what a week, buddy! This is where you belong with your level and it is so nice to see that you are playing your best tennis this week. “
Pointing at her trophy, she added, “I know you will win a lot of it over the next few years.”
The win extended Barty’s WTA Tour Streak to 12 games through her triumph at Wimbledon and that event as she prepares for the US Open, which begins in a week.
Barty will be looking to claim her first Flushing Meadows title and third Grand Slam overall after winning the 2019 French Open and 2021 Wimbledon titles.
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