LEXINGTON, Kentucky, USA
Jennifer Brady claimed her first WTA title on Sunday by winning the Top Seed Open champion, coping with a fragile serve and taking advantage of a five-game run to win 6-3, 6-4 Jil Teichmann in the final.
It was the first professional tennis tournament in the United States since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and no public was allowed.
Brady, a 25-year-old American who started the week as 49th in the rankings, did not give up a single set throughout the week in the hard surface tournament. He just lost 25 games in total to catch up for the US Open, which kicks off Aug. 31 in New York.
Against Teichmann, a 23-year-old from Switzerland, Brady was not precise with the serve, one of his best weapons. Her effectiveness was 33% with the first serve during the first set.
But with the match tied 3-3 in the first set, she lifted four break balls and broke serve in the next game to go up 5-3 after a poor return from the world No. 63. It was Brady’s best moment of the game, one he extended to take a 2-0 lead in the second set.
Brady reached the first final of her career after beating Coco Gauff, the 16-year-old American prodigy, in the semifinals. Teichmann already has a couple of WTA titles, both obtained last season in brick dust.