Shelby Rogers and Jil Teichmann are surprise semifinalists in the 2020 Lexington Open and they will go head to head on Saturday, August 15. The match is scheduled to begin at 9.30 am local time (4.30 pm BST). Get the live streaming options of this Shelby Rogers v Jil Teichmann match along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Shelby Rogers v Jil Teichmann Head to Head
This will be the first time Rogers and Teichmann will face off in a competitive match.
Rogers Shocks Serena
Ranked 116th in the world, Shelby Rogers had already outperformed her own self this year by getting to the final. Which is why when Serena Williams pouched the first set of their quarterfinal 6-1, she would have probably been hoping for a better second set before the inevitable.
Or at least that’s what most thought.
Rogers is made of sterner stuff though and she showed why. She did that by controlling the controllables, as she explained after the match, trying to get her serves in and attacking the Williams serve when she had the chance.
The tactic paid off beautifully as Rogers became the first player from outside the top 100 to defeat Serena since 2012.
In the second set, she kept in touch with Serena by holding serve till 5-4 and while she wasted a couple of set-points off Serena’s serve, Rogers got a third chance and levelled things off.
The third set saw very little leeway given by either player, with only Serena facing break-points in a game early on. The set went into a tiebreaker, where Rogers overturned a 3-1 deficit again to take a 5-3 lead. She finally took the tie-breaker 7-5 to make it to the semifinal.
Teichmann Turns Around Ordinary Season
A two-time WTA title winner last year, Teichmann has had a struggle this season. A second round loss at the Auckland in the first competition of the year, was followed by three successive first round losses at the Hobart International, Australian Open and Qatar Open.
And while she won both her Fed Cup encounters, Teichmann lost in the qualifiers in Dubai.
Just before the season was called off because of the pandemic, Teichmann finally won an opening round match in Lyon before she lost to Oceane Dodin in the second.
Even during the break, when Teichmann featured in two tournaments, she didn’t have a great time, finishing 2-3 on win-loss record.
Which is why when she took to court to play Ana Kalinskaya in the first round of this competition at Lexington, not too many expected her to go too far. As it’s turned out, she beat Kalinskaya in the opener, crushed Yulia Putintseva in the second and then, facing up to Cici Bellis in the quarterfinals yesterday, won 6-2, 6-4 to march into the semifinals – winning all those matches in straight sets.
Shelby Rogers v Jil Teichmann Prediction & Tip
Rogers is 4/6 to win this after having dismantled Serena Williams in her previous match but will she be able to keep up with that kind of a momentum. Typically lower-ranked players find it tougher to do that after beating a player of that class, and Teichmann could have a chance here.
Tip: Tiechmann to win: 6/5 (bet365)