Ashleigh Barty defeated Jil Teichmann in the final to win the Western & Southern Open on Sunday. The world no. 1 won 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and 13 minutes. Barty didn’t drop a set throughout the week in the tournament.
Barty clinched the opening set after securing a break in the eighth game. The second set, however, was more one-sided as Barty built a quick 5-0 lead to move nearer to securing the trophy. But she was pegged back as the Swiss broke her for the first time in the match. As it would turn out, that was the only time Teichmann was able to make a breakthrough in the set, and on Barty’s serve. A break back in the next game helped Barty to pocket the win, without much ado.
Western & Southern Open: Ashleigh Barty caps off dominant week
Speaking with the media after her win, Barty spoke about the win in the context of the US Open next week. “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.”
Then, talking about her preparation for Flushing Meadows, Barty added, “Our practice weeks before Grand Slams are quite normal. There is nothing fancy, no extra emphasis on anything. It’s just gauged by how I’m feeling physically, how I’m feeling mentally, and we have had a lot of practice now as a team in being able to read each other and what we think is required, and then it’s about going out there for the first round, whether it’s the Monday or Tuesday, and try to do the best that I can. That’s all I can ask of myself.”
This was Barty’s fifth title this year in her sixth final. The Australian also extended her lead atop the WTA rankings to the 83rd successive week, with an overall duration of 90 weeks.