Teichmann beats Kerber to advance at Ostrava Open

Unseeded Jil Teichmann of Switzerland upset sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the second round.

Jil Teichmann plays a forehand in her Round of 32 singles match against Angelique Kerber from Germany during Day 2 of the J&T Banka Ostrava Open 2021 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.   -  Getty Images

Unseeded Jil Teichmann of Switzerland upset sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the Ostrava Open on Tuesday.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Kerber struggled with her serve, dropping it three times in each set in the first meeting between the two players on the circuit.

Teichmann will play Alison Riske of the United States or Fiona Ferro of France in the next round.

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Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan saved a match point before rallying from a set down to beat China’s Zhang Shuai 5-7, 7-6 (7), 6-4.

Putintseva won in three hours, 24 minutes to set up a second-round match against top-seeded Iga Swiatek of Poland.

Fifth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Ana Konjuh of Croatia 7-6 (3), 6-1. Her next opponent is Tereza Martincova, who beat Katerina Siniakova 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7) in an all-Czech wild card match that also lasted more than three hours.

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