Te­ich­mann wins in Prague for her first WTA ti­tle

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

Swiss qual­i­fier Jil Te­ich­mann ral­lied in the de­ci­sive set to de­feat Karolina Mu­chova 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4 in the Prague Open fi­nal on Satur­day for her first WTA ti­tle.

The 21-year-old Te­ich­mann was 2-0 down, and bro­ken again by her 22year-old Czech op­po­nent for 3-2, but came back once more be­fore con­vert­ing her first match point.

It was the first WTA fi­nal fea­tur­ing two first­time fi­nal­ists since July last year.

The 146th-ranked Te­ich­mann and No. 106 Mu­chova, a wild card en­try at the clay-court tour­na­ment, will make the top 100 in the rank­ings for the first time.

In the open­ing set, Te­ich­mann wasted three set points at 6-5 be­fore pre­vail­ing in the tiebreaker.

Mu­chova broke to lead 4-2 in the se­cond set be­fore serv­ing it out with an ace.

Chilean out­sider Cris● tian Garin ex­tended his re­mark­able run at the Mu­nich Open by reach­ing the fi­nal af­ter beating third-seeded Marco Cecchi­nato 6-2, 6-4.

Garin saved both break points he faced af­ter rain de­layed play twice in the se­cond set on the out­door clay.

Ranked No. 47, he claimed the big­gest win of his ca­reer in de­feat­ing No. 3 Alexan­der Zverev – the two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion – the day be­fore.

Garin will face Mat­teo Ber­ret­tini or the fourth­seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in Sun­day’s fi­nal. The se­cond semi­fi­nal was put back to Sun­day morn­ing due to per­sis­tent rain in Mu­nich.

Garin, win­ner of his maiden ATP ti­tle in Hous­ton last month, has never played ei­ther on the tour.


Red Bulls 3, Galaxy 2: Marc Rza­tkowski and Der­rick Eti­enne scored in the se­cond half to rally the New York Red Bulls, end­ing the LA Galaxy’s se­v­engame un­beaten streak.

Rza­tkowski made it 2-2 for the Red Bulls (3-4-2), fin­ish­ing Con­nor Lade’s cross in the 59th minute with a left-footed shot from a yard be­hind the penalty spot. Eti­enne scored on a sim­i­lar setup from Daniel Royer eight min­utes later.

Amro Tarek gave New York a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. Rza­tkowski’s free kick was de­flected and Tarek drilled a left-footed shot back into the mid­dle of the net. Uriel An­tuna tied it for LA ( 7-2-1) with a close-range shot in the 39th minute, and Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic gave the Galaxy a 2-1 lead with a div­ing header in the 43rd. Toronto FC 2, Orlando City 0: Jonathan Osorio and Jay Chap­man scored se­cond-half goals for vis­it­ing Toronto FC.

Osorio gave Toronto (5-2-1) the lead in the 65th minute, drib­bling past Lamine Sane and cut­ting back to evade Oriol Rosell be­fore curl­ing home a right-footer into the side net­ting.

Chap­man made it 2-0 in the 77th minute, bring­ing down Ale­jan­dro Pozuelo’s pass with an out­stretched leg and fin­ish­ing be­tween goal­keeper Brian Rowe’s legs from a nar­row an­gle.

Quentin West­berg had two saves for his first MLS shutout.

Rowe had seven saves for Orlando (3-4-3) for an MLS-lead­ing 37 this sea­son.

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