Top-ranked Barty powers past Teichmann to Cincinnati WTA title

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Ashleigh Barty with the WTA Cincinnati trophy. (Photo: Ashleigh Barty’s Twitter account)
CINCINNATI, United States— Ashleigh Barty won her fifth title of the season on Sunday, dominating Swiss wild card Jil Teichmann 6-3, 6-1 at the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters.اضافة اعلان

The Australian, who will keep a firm grip on the number one ranking as the August 30 start of the US Open approaches, took control mid-way through the opening set and was never truly threatened.

Teichmann, ranked 76th, reached the final with defeats of three Top 12 players including four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka, fourth seed Karolina Pliskova and Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

But she had no answers as Wimbledon champion Barty stretched her WTA Tour-leading match win tally this season to 40.

Barty played a near-impeccable match against a first-time Masters-level finalist, losing serve only once as she served for victory.

The top seed quickly corrected course, breaking Teichmann back in the final game to clinch the title in 71 minutes.

Barty, who didn't drop a set all week, said she hadn't expected her run to the title to be so seamless after she had played only the Olympics since Wimbledon.

"I think being able to come through and play a really clean week and walk away with the title is probably not what I really expected of myself, but (it's) certainly nice," she told Tennis Channel after a match in which she fired eight aces and broke Teichmann five times, facing just two break points herself.

The double Grand Slam champion will on Monday start her 83rd consecutive week in the number one spot.

The win in her 19th career singles final gave Barty a 13th trophy, including seven from her last eight finals appearances.

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