- 17-year-old Czech player bags first WTA title in Chennai.
- Fruhvirtova defeated Liang En-Shuo, Rebecca Peterson, Varvara Gracheva, and Nadia Podoroska en route to winning Chennai
The promising 17-year-old Czech player Linda Fruhvirtova expressed confidence in her abilities and a notion that Chennai would be an excellent place to succeed. To win her maiden WTA title in Chennai on Sunday, Fruhvirtova overcame third-seeded Magda Linette 4-6 6-3 6-4.
Fruhvirtova defeated Liang En-Shuo, Rebecca Peterson, Varvara Gracheva, and Nadia Podoroska en route to winning Chennai. According to the WTA website, Fruhvirtova commented after winning the title, “I was feeling good in my game, and I knew that I could do a good result here, but it was much better than we all probably expected.”
In the ninth game, her opponent, Linette, secured the opening break of the match to take a 5-4 lead before serving out the first set in the next game.
In the second set, Fruhvirtova recovered, earning her maiden break in the eighth game to take a 5-3 advantage. Fruhvirtova consistently served out for the second set in the ninth game. Linette dropped the second set, but she quickly broke the third set and was up 4-1 after the opening five games.
With a break advantage and a 4-1 score, Linette had a break point that might have made it 5-1 in her favour. In a bid to overcome the deficit and secure a three-set victory, Fruhvirtova saved those break points and won the final five games of the match.
Fruhvirtova was up against Yanina Wickmayer in the opening round of the Seoul tournament. At the Hana Bank Korea Open, former World No. 12 Yanina Wickmayer won her second tour-level match since returning from maternity leave, snapping Chennai champion Linda Fruhvirtova’s five-match winning streak.