Jil Teichmann: The Story of the Cincinnati Revelation

Jil Teichmann: The Story of the Cincinnati Revelation

Jil Teichmann (76 °) He became the sensation of Cincinnati after starring in one of the hits of the WTA 1000 of that city. Is that the Swiss, who came with a very irregular year, eliminated Naomi Osaka (2nd) and got among the best eight of the tournament.

Although its nationality says Switzerland, the third best racket in that country was not born there. Su place of origin was the city of Barcelona. The reason? His parents (Jacques and Regula), from the country of watches, went on their honeymoon to Spain in 1996 and stayed there.

In her youth, the Barcelona player played various sports but the racket was stronger than the rest. And at just 13 years old, he made his debut on the ITF circuit at the Swiss Junior Trophy. His participation in these tournaments began to be very prominent (he won five trophies in this category) and became N ° 3 in the world at youth level.

His appearance on the professional circuit occurred in 2016, at the WTA 250 in Strasbourg. There he won in his debut, being a Top 400, against Kurumi Nara, a Top 100. And between that year and 2019 his ranking oscillated between 130 and 225. In addition, he still could not make the leap, not only among the best positions, but he could not enter the main tables of the Grand Slam.

For those years, despite not being among the best ranked in the world, she was summoned by Switzerland to represent the Swiss women in the Billie Jean King Cup. And although she was born in Spain, she did not reject the call. “I am Swiss and that is how I feel. At home we speak Swiss and I was soaked in their culture” He declared in 2018 to the Blick medium.

His debut came in the series against the Czech Republic for the quarterfinals of the World Group. In that match she played the doubles with Timea Bacsinszky and, despite the victory, the Czechs took the series. Under the Swiss flag he played two more qualifiers and lost to Romania (2018) and won to Canada (2021). He also competed in the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games and won gold in the mixed double with Jan Zielinski.

The explosion would come in 2019. With 22 years he won the WTA 250 in Prague (eliminated two Top 60) after coming from qualifying and being out of the best 140 in the world. Two months later, in Palermo, he raised a WTA trophy again and surprised the world by beat Kiki Bertens, number one in the tournament at the time and five in the world, in the grand final.

That victory earned him being Top 60 and establishing himself, despite his young age, among the best in the world. But his performances did not reach that level again (despite having some victories against Top 10 like Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova) until the WTA 1000 from Cincinnati.

In tournaments in this category, he had only played twice: Cincinnati 2020 and Madrid 2021. In the Spanish tournament, he was surprisingly a semifinalist. And in the city of Ohio he gave another hit: beat world number two Naomi Osaka and be among the top eight in the tournament.

Her youth and her “physical and unexpected” game as she describes it, earned her a wake-up call to the other players in the contest she is contesting and in those to come.. The thing is Teichmann, with his young 24 years, will surely continue to give surprises on the circuit and why not, fulfill your dream of winning a Grand Slam tournament.

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