Wild card Jil Teichmann upset World No. 2 Naomi Osaka 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Thursday to reach the Western & Southern Open quarterfinals.
Teichmann is the eighth wild card in the Open Era to reach the quarterfinals, marking the third consecutive year the Western & Southern Open has had at least one in the final eight.
“This is definitely one of my highlights (of my career),” Teichmann said. “It has been a really tough year for me. I have had a lot of injuries. Getting this win and knowing that I had this level inside of me and finally showing it on court is a really nice feeling.”
While the four-time Major champion Osaka was knocked out, Thursday’s winners include five players who have won at least one Major title and/or held the World No. 1 ranking.
French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova claimed her first Western & Southern Open quarterfinals spot following a three-set win over 2017 tournament champion Garbine Muguruza while fifth-seed and former Western & Southern Open winner Karolina Pliskova defeated American Jessica Pegula in two sets. Krejcikova and Pliskova’s advancement marks the first time in the Open Era where two players from the Czech Republic are part of the final eight.
Two-time Western & Southern Open finalist Angelique Kerber will make her third quarterfinals appearance, tied for the fifth-most in the Open Era, after a three-set win over Jelena Ostapenko. Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty earned her second quarterfinals appearance in Cincinnati, not losing a game in the first set to defending champion Victoria Azarenka to coast to a two-set win.
“I think sometimes a scoreline in tennis can fool you. Even though it was quite a convincing scoreline, for most part of that match, there were crucial points within each and every game,” Barty said. “I felt like I was able to win a lot of those big points today. As I said, getting ahead early in games was really helpful. Whether it be 40-Love or Love-30 on (Azarenka’s) serve, I was able to continually build pressure over time of winning those early points in games. I think I was able to control the ball a lot better today. I was able to use my slice effectively and set up my forehand a lot better today, and I felt overall it was a pretty solid match.”
Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic will face Teichmann in the quarterfinals following her victory over Karolina Muchova and Paula Badosa earned a quarterfinals spot with a straight sets win by retirement over Elena Rybakina (left abdominal injury).
Quarterfinal action begins Friday at 11 a.m.
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