Czech teen Linda Fruhvirtova makes WTA Chennai Open final | Tennis News

CHENNAI: Linda Fruhvirtova played out of her skin to get the better of Nadia Podoroska 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and 53 minutes to make the Open WTA Chennai final at SDAT Stadium here on Saturday. In a meeting that pushed both players to their limits, it was the 17-year-old Czechoslovakia who had the guts to book a place in Sunday’s top clash. She’s Linda’s young daughter WTA final. In the other semifinal, Katie Swan will face third seed Magda Linette late Saturday.
The slug-fest began when Linda, ranked 130th in the world, won the opener despite two consecutive double faults in the opening set. Linda had a break point in the second but couldn’t continue converting it. The teenager held serve in the third game for a 2-1 lead. After holding serve in the fourth game, Nadia broke her opponent in the fifth for a 3-2 lead. Nadia saved two break points from Linda to hold serve in Game 6 and go up 4-2. She then beat Linda in the 7th for a 5-2 lead. At this point Linda took her first medical time out which lasted 8 minutes. This break seems to have upset Nadia’s rhythm. After the match restarted, Nadia was broken in the 8th game. Subsequently, Nadia had two set points on Linda’s serve in the 9th but failed to close it. Linda then beat Nadia to tie the proceedings at 5-5. Nadia quickly regrouped to break Linda in the 11th game for a 6-5 lead, then finished the first set 7-5 on her fourth set point in an hour and 17 minutes.
The next 39 minutes saw Linda comeback winning the second set 6-2 as the encounter headed towards the decider. In the final set, the two players maintained the tempo before Nadia who obtained the break in the 5th game to lead 3-2. Linda again took a 7 minute medical time out. When the game started, Nadia managed to stay ahead at 4-2. However, Linda held her serve in the 7th game before breaking Nadia in the next to tie the set 4-4. Linda then held serve and broke her opponent and crossed the finish line on her fourth match point. β€œIt was definitely one of the toughest matches I’ve played. She was just spectacular and I just wanted to hang in there to go deeper into the match,” Linda said after the match.
About her state of mind when trailing 2-4 in the third set, Linda said: β€œI had negative thoughts myself, but I wanted to give my best. She’s a very good player and I wanted to make sure I stayed in the game.
In the first match of the day, top seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Luisa Stefani reached the doubles final with a clinical 6-3, 6-3 win over Peangtam Plipuech and Moyuka Uchijima in just 61 minutes.

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