No.12 seed Jessica Pegula of the United States and Jil Teichmann of Switzerland completed the semifinal lineup at the Mutua Madrid Open with straight-sets victories on Wednesday evening.
Pegula eliminated the last Spanish hope in the singles draw, Sara Sorribes Tormo, 6-4, 6-2. Pegula notched her first win in three meetings with 47th-ranked Sorribes Tormo, as she moved into her second straight WTA 1000 semifinal, having also reached this round in Miami in March.
Teichmann took her semifinal slot with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina. With her fourth straight-set win in a row, Teichmann is the only player to make it into the semifinals without the loss of a set.
Pegula and Teichmann will have their first meeting in Thursday’s semifinals.
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Teichmann: “I really like the conditions here in Madrid. It’s perfect. It’s a mix between the Spanish clay, which I practice a lot, and a little bit altitude like I’m used to from Switzerland. So it’s actually great for me here.”#MMOPEN pic.twitter.com/F771DkX1qh
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The earlier of the top-half quarterfinals was a battle between two players separated by very little in the rankings, with World No.35 Teichmann taking a 90-minute victory over 37th-ranked Kalinina.
The pair had played twice previously, both times on clay below tour-level, and they had split those two meetings. Coincidentally, both of those matches were won by identical 6-4, 6-1 scorelines.
Teichmann modified the scoreline a bit this time to take the 2-1 lead in their rivalry. Teichmann finished the match with 17 winners to 15 unforced errors, taking command with aggressive play, particularly from the forehand side on key moments.
The Swiss player is still in the mix to win her third Hologic WTA Tour singles title. Her previous titles also came on clay, in Prague and Palermo in 2019.
Teichmann has now brought her clay-court expertise to her career-best result at a WTA 1000 event on the surface. Teichmann is a win away from reaching her second final at WTA 1000-level, following a runner-up showing to then-No.1 Ashleigh Barty on the Cincinnati hard courts last year.
“Last year, the thing is I missed out almost all the clay season,” said Teichmann. “I came to Madrid with no matches. … Rome and Strasbourg, I got injured as well.
“I didn’t really get many chances on clay last year, so that’s why I would say, yeah, I had a better run on hard court, which I’m really happy as well. But I think I’m a player that can play on all surfaces, I’m showing it now, and just need to confirm it.”
More to come….