For the fifth time in nine years, the WTA Tour’s No. 1 player will contest the Western & Southern Open final when top ranked Ashleigh Barty faces wild card Jil Teichman for the title Sunday.
Seeking her fifth title of 2021 and 13th overall, Barty enters Sunday’s final having not dropped a set this week in Cincinnati. Barty is in her 82nd consecutive week as the WTA’s No. 1 ranked player and her 89th week overall in the top spot.
The first No. 1 to reach the final since Simona Halep in 2018, Barty is looking to be the first top-ranked Cincinnati women’s champion since then No. 1 Serena Williams won back-to-back titles in 2014-15.
Barty would be the fourth Australian woman to win this title in the Open Era, joining Evonne Goolagong (1973), Margaret Court (1972) and Lesley Bowrey (1969).
Teichmann will be looking for a fourth straight win this week against a player ranked in the Top 15, having defeated No. 2 Naomi Osaka in the Round of 16, No. 12 Belinda Bencic in the quarterfinals and No. 4 Karolina Pliskova in the semifinals.
Bidding to be the first Swiss woman to win the Cincinnati title since Patty Schnyder in 2005, the left-handed Teichmann owns two career titles, both of which came in 2019.
This will be the first meeting between Teichmann and Barty.