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Chennai Open: Czech girl Linda Fruhvirtova wins first WTA title | tennis news

CHENNAI: Linda Fruhvirtova sealed the WTA Chennai Open defeats third seed Magda Linette 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a thriller on the SDAT Stadium here on Sunday night. In a clash that lasted two hours and 40 minutes, the 17-year-old from the Czech Republic showed great composure and fighting skills to take home her first WTA crown.
From the first set Linda was under pressure from her 30-year-old opponent. The youngster fought back the first two times she was pushed into a corner. Magda had a triple breakpoint in the third game of that set, but Linda held off the challenge to hold the serve for a 2-1 lead. As if that wasn’t enough, in the fifth game — Magda had a breakpoint, but Linda again held out for a 3-2 lead. However, Magda eventually broke her opponent in the 9th game to lead 5-4. Magda then completed the first set on her first set point in 57 minutes.

In the second set Linda came back into the game in style. Linda pressed the accelerator in the 8th game when she broke her opponent for a 5-3 lead. She held the serve in the 9th game to take the second set 6-3 when the game decided. This was the first time Magda had lost a set in the tournament.
Linda was again under the pump in the third set as her opponent had taken a 4-1 lead. After the fifth game in that set, Magda took a 7-minute medical timeout that seemed to slow her down. Linda held her serve in the 6th game and made a comeback in the game 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 for a 5-4 lead in the 9th game. Linda then closed the match on her first match point. “It is never easy to take a loss. I felt Linda ended up playing more aggressively and really well. I congratulate her on the win,” Magda said after the game.

Linda was glad she had fought herself during the match. “I’m pretty shocked and can’t find the right words to express what I’m feeling. I didn’t expect (to win). The support from the public has been incredible. I owe the public a lot and this is something I will remember forever,” said an emotional Linda.
Earlier in the evening, top seeds Gabriela Dabrowski from Canada and its Brazilian partner Luisa Stefanic scored a comfortable 6-1, 6-2 victory in 58 minutes against Russia’s Anna Blinkova and Natela Dzalamidze of Georgia to win the double crown. This was their third WTA title. The tournament ended a one-year hiatus for Stefani, who suffered a knee injury during the 2021 US Open doubles semifinals and had to be removed 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 all the time,” Stefani said after the win.



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