17-Year-Old Prodigy Fruhvirtova Stuns Teichmann In Charleston

17-Year-Old Prodigy Fruhvirtova Stuns Teichmann In Charleston

by Zachary Wimer

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Linda Fruhvirtova is the name that we may be seeing for years to come on the WTA Tour.

The teenage prodigy from the Czech Republic is the youngest player in the Top 100 of the WTA Rankings. In 2023, Fruhvirtova won six of the twelve matches that she played and ahead of the 2023 Charleston Open, she was certainly looking for a deep run at the first WTA 500 clay-court event of the season.

In the first round, the Czech player was drawn against the fourteenth-seeded Jil Teichmann from Switzerland. The Swiss player won already nine matches this season and as her seeding suggests, she was the favourite against the teenager.

But Fruhvirtova isn't afraid of the favourites and she showed it right from the off. The Czech was broken twice in the first set, but she showed a super level on return, breaking Teichmann on each one of her service games.

Thanks to that, and especially a great break point conversion rate, which reached 67%, Fruhvirtova won the first set 6-2 in just 42 minutes.

But Teichmann has her qualities and she showed it in the second set. The Swiss improved her serve massively and it showed. She was broken only once and thanks to three breaks of her opponent's serve, she won the second set 6-3 to force a decider.

Yet, in the third set, Teichmann was back to serving misery. Fruhvirtova broke her opponent three times out of four break point chances that she had, and despite giving up her serve once, she won the match 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to advance to the second round of the 2023 Charleston Open.

The Czech will now focus on her second-round meeting against either home player Caroline Dolehide or qualifier Sabine Lisicki, who is the 2013 Wimbledon finalist.

But remember, it's not only about Linda. Fruhvirtova surname may appear in the Top 10 of the WTA Rankings even twice. Linda has a sister, Brenda, and many predict them great future.


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