Jill Teichmann Ousts World No.2 Naomi Osaka at Cincinnati Open 2021

Published 08/19/2021, 9:26 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Round 3 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Naomi Osaka of Japan walks off after losing her third round match against Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic REUTERS/Mike Segar


Second seed Naomi Osaka was yet to find her best self on the tennis courts at the Cincinnati Open 2021. Consequently, she paid the price in the third round, losing to Swiss professional Jil Teichmann 6-3, 3-6, 3-6.

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Before this match, the Japanese World No.2 had battled past 17-year-old American Coco Gauff. Without any question, it was clear then that Osaka needed to spend more time on the court.

Although she got the perfect start, the reigning Australian Open and US Open champion failed to hold her lead. As a result, the 24-year-old Swiss player registered the biggest win of her career.

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Unquestionably, Osaka got off to an impressive start in the match. She not only got two early back-to-back breaks in the opening set, but found herself get going into the rallies.

Despite losing her service at 3-0, the 23-year-old Japanese star booked the first set at 6-3. In some ways, she made a statement that she is back on the Tour again.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Naomi Osaka of Japan in action during her second round match against Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland REUTERS/Mike Segar

However, from the start of the second set, Osaka’s level dropped. And across the net, Teichmann, who got really pumped up in the opening set, took advantage of it.

Notably, the Japanese star looked out of rhythm for the first time in this match. Although she saved three breakpoints earlier and then a set point, she could not hold her service game. It allowed Teichmann to take the second set 3-6.

Ultimately, both the players got into the third set to fix a seat in the quarterfinals in the 2021 Cincinnati Open. After losing one service game each, Osaka and Teichmann found themselves level at 2-2 in the decider.

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Following that, Naomi Osaka gave her opponent a crucial break at 2-3; however, she recovered the loss immediately in the next game. Yet, the twists were not over in this toe-to-toe battle between Osaka and Teichmann.

Aug 18, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Naomi Osaka (JPN) reacts after returning a shot against Cori Gauff (USA) during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

At 3-4, the Swiss professional got another break of serve and then closed the match 6-3, 3-6, 3-6. Indeed, she provided Osaka with a much-needed wake-up call ahead of the US Open 2021 event.

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In the quarterfinals, Teichmann will either meet compatriot and Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic or Karolina Muchova. Can she go on to create a dream run in Cincinnati?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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