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Czech teenager Linda Fruhvirtova makes WTA Chennai Open final | tennis news

CHENNAI: Linda Fruhvirtova went wild to beat Nadia Podoroska 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and 53 minutes to win the WTA Chennai Open final at the SDAT stadium here on Saturday. In an encounter that pushed both players to their limits, it was the 17-year-old from the Czech Republic who kept her nerve to secure a place in Sunday’s top game. This is Linda’s girl WTA last. In the other semi-final, Katie Swan will face Magda Linette in third place late on Saturday.
The brawl started when Linda, in 130th place in the world ranking, won the first game despite two back-to-back double faults in the opening set. Linda had a breaking point in the second, but was unable to convert it further. The teen held onto serve in the third game for a 2-1 lead. After holding the 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 on to serve in the 6th game and lead 4-2. She then broke Linda in the 7th for a 5-2 lead. At that point, Linda took her first medical time-out which lasted 8 minutes. That pause seemed to have disrupted Nadia’s rhythm. After the match started again, Nadia was broken in the 8th game. Next, Nadia had two set points on Linda’s serve in the 9th but failed to close it. Linda then broke Nadia to bring the proceedings to 5-5. Nadia quickly regrouped to break Linda in the 11th game for a 6-5 lead, then rounded out the first set 7-5 at her fourth set point in an hour and 17 minutes.
The next 39 minutes saw Linda make a comeback by taking the second set 6-2 as the encounter went to the decider. In the last set, both players kept the pace high for Nadia who got the break in the 5th game and led 3-2. Linda again took a 7-minute medical time-out. When the game started, Nadia managed to keep the lead at 4-2. However, Linda held onto her serve in the 7th game before breaking Nadia in the next to tie the set 4-4. Linda then held the serve and went on to break her opponent, crossing the finish line on her fourth match point. “It was definitely one of the hardest games I’ve played. She was just spectacular and I just wanted to keep going to get the game deep,” Linda said after the game.
About her way of thinking when she was 2-4 down in the third set, Linda said: “I had some negative thoughts myself, but wanted to do everything she could. She is a very good player and I wanted to make sure that I the game would continue.”
In the first game of the day, the best seeded Gabriela Dabrowski and Luisa Stefani advanced to 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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