“I’m The Underdog”: Jil Teichmann Reflects on Hammering Naomi Osaka at Western and Southern Open 2021


Jil Teichmann
Jil Teichmann

Swiss Pro Jil Teichmann reached the quarterfinal after a shocking win over World No.2 Naomi Osaka at the Western and Southern Open 2021. After winning the biggest match of her career, World No.76 revealed an underdog in the battle against the four-time Grand Slam champion. 

Teichmann has had a rollercoaster season in 2021. The 24-year-old stormed into the fourth quarterfinal of this year following a set down (3-6, 6-3, 6-3) victory over title favourite Japanese Naomi Osaka in Cincinnati.  

“I knew she’s a very tough opponent. She’s a Grand Slam champion. I’m the underdog, so… my plan was to just play my game,” Teichmann said in her on-court interview.

The Swiss continued, “I move very good, I change up everything I can – directions, height, everything – and I think she didn’t really feel very comfortable about it, and I served very good.”

“I Started Actually Really Bad, Two Breaks Down,” says Jil Teichmann 

In addition, the lefty was 0-3 down in the first set and 1-2 down in the second set in the match against the four-time hard court Grand Slam title winner. Later on, she won five out of six games before diving into the decider.     

“I started actually really bad, two breaks down. I did breaks on my own. And I wasn’t serving good. I was doing unforced errors. So when I sat down after the first set I was, like, ‘Okay, I started off bad, but I’m actually close.’ I didn’t really feel like she’s much better than me today right now,” Teichmann added 

The former World No.40 also explained, “I took this confidence into the second set. I was like, ‘Okay, let’s serve out well, and I will get my chances,’ and to break her and that’s a little bit what happened.”

However, Jil Teichmann will face her compatriot and Tokyo Olympic Gold medalist Belinda Bencic for a semifinal spot at Western and Southern Open 2021.

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