After defeating the immense fighter Victoria Azarenka, the Biel finds Sloane Stephens, finalist at Roland-Garros 2018, in 8th place this Sunday afternoon. She expects a new fight.
Nobody will ask him about his missing Grand Slam results. At least not for a long time. At 24, Jil Teichmann had never set foot in the 3rd round of a major. She has already passed her Roland-Garros by reaching the 8th finalwhere on Sunday – around 5 p.m. – she will meet the American Sloane Stephens, 64th player in the world but finalist on Paris clay in 2018.
It was 9:15 p.m. when Jil Teichmann appeared at a press conference on Friday, a good two hours after she had defeated the outstanding winner Victoria Azarenka 4: 6, 7: 5, 7: 6 (10: 5) in a defeated Simonne-Mathieu enclosure. “I knew it was going to be a fight. One of Victoria’s greatest qualities is being a fighter like me, explained the Swiss player, who is currently being treated, after playing with a thigh bandage as a preventive measure – like twice the day before. But I’ve been playing matches on clay for a long time, so I knew that if I stayed calm and stuck to my game plan, I would have my chances.”
Broken at the very end of the first set, Jil Teichmann gave his team the thumbs up after losing the first set. “It was sarcastic,” she replied when asked. I was frustrated because I felt like it was the right tactic, but it didn’t work. Simply because we had the same thing with Victoria. Maybe that’s why we were in the super tiebreak, laughed the Barcelona native. We both hit heavy balls on our backhands. So sometimes I tried to change the speed of the rallies by varying the power of my shots and giving the ball different directions.
On the ropes in the third set with her late break, Jil Teichmann didn’t let go while she may have faltered before. Her win over the former world No. 1 and two-time Australian Open winner was all the sweeter. “I was happy with my match and felt like I was in control whether it was shots won or fouls,” she continued, happy at the affront of her dreadful loss to Victoria Azarenka in January at the Australian Open to have washed away. “I knew I had the level to go far in Grand Slams. I just had to confirm it and I do. So in that respect it’s not a surprise.”
With the women’s draw depopulated with every girl in the top 10 aside from the unbeatable Iga Swiatek, Jil Teichmann sees the golden opportunity in front of her. On Sunday, the 24th WTA player is called upon to challenge Sloane Stephens. The American lost at the start of the four gravel tournaments she played before Roland-Garros (Charleston, Madrid, Rome and Strasbourg) but has just passed three rounds at the Porte d’Auteuil. “We know each other very well because we often trained together. We even teamed up in doubles two years ago. She is a very high level player with a great forehand. It’s going to be very difficult.”
Jil Teichmann was not on the training schedule on Saturday either at the Roland Garros site or at the Jean Bouin Stadium. After spending the past two days on the courts at 6:40 am, she withdrew from her doubles match with Viktorija Golubic to enjoy the joys of Paris. Enough to recharge her batteries as much as possible before a Sunday meeting where she will need her stubbornness.
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