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Teichmann beats Muchova to claim first WTA title

By Opta
Teichmann - Cropped

Prague, May 4: Qualifier Jil Teichmann won her first WTA Tour title by edging out Karolina Muchova in a thrilling final to win the Prague Open.

Teichmann, ranked 146 in the world, triumphed 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-4 in two hours and 44 minutes on Saturday to disappoint the crowd, who were backing home favourite Muchova.

The 21-year-old champion also beat a Czech star in the semi-final, topping Barbora Strycova on Friday.

Teichmann needed six set points before taking the opener in a tense tie-break, but only needed one match point to win it in the third after wildcard Muchova – also playing her first WTA final – had hit back in the second.

"I'm just speechless, honestly. I just fought and fought. It was a great battle and I'm just relieved that it's done," said Switzerland's Teichmann after Saturday's triumph.

"I'm exhausted, but Kaja played a great match as well. I knew it was going to be a battle, but in the end, one has to win."

There have now been 20 different winners in the 21 WTA Tour events so far this season.

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Story first published: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 19:00 [IST]
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