In a battle of first-time WTA finalists, Swiss qualifier Jil Teichmann outlasted wildcard Karolína Muchová in nearly three hours to win the J&T Banka Prague Open. For the Swiss tennis player practicing in Spain, this is the first ever title on the WTA circuit.
The Swiss needed six set points to win the opening set, as wildcard Muchová saved three on serve at 5-6, after twice being a break up, and saved two more set points before succumbing in over an hour of play.
Teichmann later rallied from a break down twice in the decider. The third set was disturbed by the rain, Muchová took twice the advantage, but Teichmann managed to win four of the last five games and denied the home crowd an opportunity to see its fourth Czech champion on home soil in five years.
"Jil played well. I had a lot of chances in the decider, but I wasn’t able to keep my serve. It hurts a lot. I hope it's not my last final on WTA circuit,” Muchová said after the match.
"I'm just speechless, honestly. I just fought and fought. It was a great battle and I'm just relieved that it's done," Teichmann said. "I'm exhausted, but Kaja played a great match as well. I knew it was going to be a battle, but in the end, one has to win."
KAROLÍNA MUCHOVÁ (106.) [WC] - Jil Teichmann (SUI, 146.) [Q] 6-7(5), 6-3, 4-6