Barty makes short work of Teichmann in Cincinnati final

MASON, Ohio (AP) – Top-ranked Ash Barty won her fifth title of the season, winning eight of wild card Jil Teichmann’s last nine games to a 6-3, 6-1 victory in the final of the Western and Southern Open on Sunday.

Barty, who won his first Wimbledon title in July before getting angry in the first round of the Tokyo Olympics, now has a lot of momentum for the US Open, which begins August 30 in New York City.

Teichmann had a surprising run to the final, upsetting Naomi Osaka, second, Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic and Karolina Pliskova, fourth.

“This is where you belong,” Barty told Teichmann at the post-match ceremony. “You played exceptional tennis this week.”

Barty of Australia broke Teichmann’s serve to take a 5-3 lead in the first set, then won the next six games.

In the second set, the Swiss player received medical treatment on her right foot which was badly taped during a change.

Men’s Olympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev faced Andrey Rubliv in the men’s final later on Sunday.

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