Chennai Open: Czech girl Linda Fruhvirtova wins maiden WTA title | Tennis News

CHENNAI: Linda Fruhvirtova sealed the WTA Chennai Open beating third seed Magda Linette 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a thriller at the SDAT Stadium here Sunday night. In a clash that lasted two hours and 40 minutes, the 17-year-old Czech showed great composure and fighting spirit to pocket her first WTA crown.
From the first set, Linda was under pressure from her 30-year-old opponent. The girl was able to defend herself the first two times she was pushed into a corner. Magda had a triple break point in game three of this set, but Linda fended off the challenge to hold serve for a 2-1 lead. If that wasn’t enough, in game five — Magda had a break point but Linda held on again for a 3-2 lead. However, Magda finally broke her opponent in the 9th game to lead 5-4. Magda then concluded the first set on her first set point in 57 minutes.

The second set saw Linda return to the contest in style. Linda stepped on the gas in Game 8 as she smashed her opponent for a 5-3 lead. She held serve in the 9th game to win the second set 6-3 as the match entered the tiebreaker. It was the first time Magda had lost a set in the tournament.
Linda was under pressure again in the third set as her opponent took a 4-1 lead. After the fifth game of this set, Magda took a 7-minute medical time-out, which seemed to have slowed her down. Linda kept her serve in the 6th game and made a comeback in the competition by breaking Magda in the 7th. Linda tied the third set 4-4 after winning the 8th game. Linda took a big step towards the title when she broke Magda in Game 9 for a 5-4 lead. Linda then closed the contest on her first match point. “It’s never easy to take a loss. I felt Linda was playing more aggressively and very well at the end. I congratulate her on her victory,” Magda said after the match.

Linda was happy to have fought throughout the contest. “I’m pretty much in shock and can’t find the right words to express how I feel. I didn’t expect (to win). The crowd support was amazing. I owe the crowd a lot and it’s something I will remember forever,” said an emotional Linda.
Earlier in the evening, the best seeds Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and its Brazilian partner Luisa Stefani picked up a comfortable 6-1, 6-2 win in 58 minutes over Russia’s Anna Blinkova and Natela Dzalamidze of Georgia to clinch the doubles crown. It was their third WTA title. The tournament ended a year-long layoff for Stefani who suffered a knee injury in the 2021 US Open doubles semi-finals and had to be transported in a wheelchair. “It’s great to be back and to be able to win this tournament with my good friend Gaby. The tournament was made special because we had the support of the fans throughout,” Stefani said after the win.

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