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Brady Wins First WTA Title in Lexington

Aug 16, 2020
Jennifer Brady (Photo: Getty Images)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Jennifer Brady captured the first Women's Tennis Association (WTA) championship of her career Sunday, defeating Jil Teichmann in the singles final round at the inaugural Top Seed Open.

The event marked the first on the WTA calendar since the start of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Brady, who played for Stella Sampras Webster's Bruins in 2014 and 2015, entered the tournament ranked No. 49 by WTA and figures to be seeded when play begins at the US Open on Aug. 31.

Brady did not drop a set throughout the tournament, which was headlined by top seed and 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams. Brady defeated Teichmann, 6-3, 6-4, in the longest of her five matches.

Play got underway on the singles side Aug. 10, when Brady made quick work of 51st-ranked Heather Watson of Great Britain, 6-2, 6-1. That set up a Round of 16 showdown with sixth-seeded Magda Linette of Poland, who Brady handed a 6-2, 6-3 defeat to earn a spot in the quarterfinal round.

Next up was Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic, who entered play ranked one spot ahead of Brady. Brady again prevailed convincingly, however, using a 6-1, 6-2 decision to earn a spot in the final four and date with Coco Gauff.

Gauff, who at 15 years old reached the quarterfinal round at the Australian Open earlier this year, knocked off the tournament's No. 2 (Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus) and No. 8 (Ons Jabeur of Tunisia) seeds before meeting Brady. Her run would end there, though, as Brady picked up a 6-2, 6-4 win despite having her serve broken for the first time in the four matches.

Brady finished the job Sunday, breaking the serve of Teichmann at 4-3 and never looking back. She would set the tone in the second set, breaking Teichmann for the initial game.

Brady, who was part of the 2014 UCLA team that captured the program's second NCAA team title, also starred for the Orange County Breakers of World Team Tennis earlier this summer.