Ash Barty has attached one more trophy on her victorious world tour, taking the esteemed Cincinnati Open title with a heartless 6-3, 6-1 triumph over surprise Swiss finalist Jil Teichmann.
Australia’s No 1 figures the consummate week’s work in Ohio, which finished in her fifth title of 2021, presently places her in “really good stead” for the US Open, the next target in her all-conquering season.
The Wimbledon champion, who didn’t drop a set the entire week, again glanced in an alternate class to her game rival on Sunday, winning the last slow and steady to take the thirteenth title of her career in only 72 minutes.
“It’s been an awesome week,” Barty declared, as usual, reaching for the royal ‘we’ to make it clear it was another great team effort. “I felt like with each match we’re getting progressively better and better in most parts of my game.
“Today, I feel like I was able to really trust myself and play with confidence, get after the ball, be aggressive and get a bit of a run-on, which was going to be important in a big final.
“We’re just excited 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.”
Teichmann, at No 76, was the lowest-ranked Cincinnati finalist for 13 years and hoping to proceed with a giant-killing week which had effectively seen her beat Olympic champion Belinda Bencic, world No 2 Naomi Osaka, and Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova.
The athletic left-hander figured she would “go for it” against Barty yet discovered the Queenslander a very unique recommendation as the Australian won 85% of the points behind her staggering, precisely positioned first serve while having her own conveyance broken on five events.
Barty, with the assistance of eight aces which took her count for the week to a competition leading 42, rolled out eight games in succession with a specialist’s accuracy after the shared first six games recommended it very well may be a difficult evening in the warmth.
However, Teichmann, watching progressively out of thoughts, likewise required a clinical break for treatment to rankles on her right foot while 3-0 down in the subsequent set, an interference that solitary deferred the unavoidable.
Barty, serving for the match at 5-0, experienced a blip as Teichmann acquired her first breakpoints and broke the Australian’s delivery. However, the respite was short-lived as a Teichmann forehand, clouted wide, gave Barty the first singles win by an Australian woman at Cincinnati since Evonne Goolagong in 1973.
It was Barty’s 40th game dominate of the year, another tour-leading figure, and took her record in finals this year to 5-1, the lone loss coming from Aryna Sabalenka in Madrid while she’s lifted titles in Melbourne, Miami, Stuttgart, Wimbledon and presently Cincinnati.
Teichmann could just shrug that she’d been beaten by “a really, really complete player…serves good, very big forehand, her slice, makes you change the rhythm. “Yeah, I mean, just really complete. She’s an exceptional No 1.”
Barty, whose lone stress over Flushing Meadows is really arriving with a tempest forecast for the New York region, will enter her 83rd straight week as world No 1 with her benefit over the No 2 Sabalenka presently extended to a momentous 3,175 points.