Chennai Open: Czech girl Linda Fruhvirtova wins maiden WTA title | Tennis News – Times of India

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 on Sunday evening. In a clash that lasted two hours and 40 minutes, the 17-year-old from Czech Republic showed great composure and fighting skills to pocket her maiden WTA crown.
Right from the first set, Linda was under pressure from her 30-year-old opponent. The youngster was able to fight back the first two times she was pushed to a corner. Magda had a triple break point in the third game of that set but Linda staved off the challenge to hold serve for a 2-1 lead. If that wasn’t enough, in the fifth game — Magda had a breakpoint but Linda once again held her ground for a 3-2 lead. However, Magda finally broke her opponent in the 9th game to go 5-4 up. Magda then went on to wrap up the first set on her first set point in 57 minutes.

The second set saw Linda get back into the contest in style. Linda pressed the accelerator in the 8th game as she broke her opponent for a 5-3 lead. She held serve in the 9th game to take the second set 6-3 as the match entered the decider. This was the first time Magda had lost a set in the tournament.
Linda was once 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 medical timeout for 7 minutes which seemed to have slowed her down. Linda held her serve in the 6th game and made a comeback into the contest by breaking Magda in the 7th. Linda levelled the third set 4-4 after winning the 8th game. Linda took a big step towards the title when she broke Magda in the 9th game for a 5-4 lead. Linda then closed out the contest on her first match point. “It’s never easy to take a loss. I felt Linda played more aggressively and very well in the end. I congratulate her on the win,” Magda said after the match.

Linda was pleased to have fought through the course of the contest. “I am pretty much in shock and not finding the right words to put forth what I am feeling. I didn’t expect (to win). The support from the crowd was unbelievable. I owe the crowd a lot and this is something I will remember forever,” said an emotional Linda.
Earlier in the evening, top seeds Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and her Brazilian partner Luisa Stefani scored a comfortable 6-1, 6-2 win in 58 minutes against Russian Anna Blinkova and Natela Dzalamidze of Georgia to clinch the doubles crown. This was their third WTA title. The tournament ended a one-year layoff for Stefani who suffered a knee injury during the US Open doubles semifinals in 2021 and had to be carried off on a wheelchair. “It is great to be back and be able to win this tournament with my good friend Gaby. The tournament was made special as we had support from the fans right through,” Stefani said after the win.

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