After beating the immense fighter Victoria Azarenka, Bienne finds Sloane Stephens, a finalist for Roland-Garros 2018, in the eighth, this Sunday afternoon. She expects a new battle.
No one will ask you about your lack of Grand Slam results. At least not for a while. At 24, Jil Teichmann had never stepped into the 3rd round of a Major. His Roland Garros is over reaching the eighth finalwhere he will meet on Sunday – around 5 pm – the American Sloane Stephens, player number 64 in the world but finalist of Paris clay in 2018.
It was 9.15pm when Jil Teichmann appeared at a press conference on Friday, two good hours after defeating the reigning champion Victoria Azarenka, by 4-6 7-5 7-6 (10 -5), in a conquered Simonne-Mathieu . closure. “I knew it would be a battle. One of Victoria’s greatest qualities is being a fighter, like me,” said the Swiss, who had just received treatment, after playing with a bandage on his thigh as a precautionary measure, such as day before double-sided. But before that I played long games on clay, so I knew I would have my chances if I kept my cool and kept my game plan. “
Broken at the end of the first round, Jil Teichmann gave his team a thumbs up after losing the first set. “He was sarcastic,” he replied when asked. It frustrated me because I felt it was the right tactic, but it didn’t work. Simply because we had the same thing with Victoria. Maybe that’s why we were at the super tie-break, laughed the Barcelona man. We both put heavy balls upside down. So sometimes I tried to change the pace of the rally, varying the power of my shots and giving the ball other directions.
On the ropes during the third set with his late break, Jil Teichmann did not let go while before, he could have stagnated. Her victory over the former world number one and double winner of the Australian Open was even sweeter. “I was happy with my game and I felt in control, whether it was a victory or a foul,” he continued, happy to have cleared the brunt of his heavy defeat against Victoria Azarenka in the Open in January. of Australia. . “I knew I had the level to go far in the Grand Slams. I just had to confirm it and that’s what I’m doing. So, bottom line is that we’re really looking forward to it. “
The depopulated women’s draw with all the top 10 girls – apart from the invincible Iga Swiatek – sees Jil Teichmann see the golden opportunity presented to her. On Sunday, the 24th WTA player is called upon to challenge Sloane Stephens. The American lost at the start of the four crushed brick tournaments he played before Roland-Garros (Charleston, Madrid, Rome and Strasbourg), but therefore has just spent three laps at the Porte d’Auteuil . “We know each other very well because we have often trained together. We even teamed up in doubles two years ago. She is a player of very high level, with a great right of right. It will be very hard. “
On Saturday, Jil Teichmann was not in training, neither at the Roland-Garros venue nor at the Jean-Bouin stadium. After spending 6:40 in the morning on the courts the previous two days, he retired from his doubles match with Viktorija Golubic to enjoy the joys of Paris. Enough to charge the batteries at best before a Sunday meeting where you will need your stubbornness.
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