Linda Fruhvirtova in no rush to become tennis’ next teenage star

We reside in an on the spot age, the place we get and anticipate issues on the click on of our fingers. We wish children to become champions immediately and after they do, we’re prepared to deliver them down simply as rapidly.

However there’s a well-known quote that goes, “Slowly is the fastest way to get to where you want to be”. And 17-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova appears very nicely conscious of that as she takes a long-term view when it comes to her tennis profession.

Ever since she received Les Petits As in 2020, the elder of the 2 Fruhvirtova sisters – sure there’s a youthful one, Brenda, and sure, she’s a fairly darn good participant herself – has had the label of a possible Grand Slam winner and high participant thrust on her. 

“Since I used to be actually younger, we at all times had plenty of consideration, even when it was the nationwide U-10 event,” Fruhvirtova said. “I’m type of used to individuals watching how I’m going to do. 

“Nevertheless, in tennis, as quickly as you lose two matches, individuals say, ‘Oh, she’s happening’ and you then win two matches and so they go ‘She’s a star.’ You’ll be able to’t actually concentrate on what different individuals are saying. That’s not the place my focus goes.”

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“Of course, you want to win the Grand Slams as soon as possible but I don’t care whether I win one when I’m in 19 or 20.”

This week, the Fruhvirtova sisters took one other step in direction of their dream of competing side-by-side on the worldwide stage. On Saturday, Linda defeated 2020 French Open semifinalist Nadia Podoroska 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 in Chennai to attain her first Hologic WTA Tour last.

Fruhvirtova fought again from 4-2 down in the ultimate set to seize the win, and she or he is now projected to make her Prime 100 debut in the WTA singles rankings on Monday.

At 17 years, 140 days previous, Fruhvirtova is the youngest finalist at a Tour-level occasion since Coco Gauff received the title at 2021 Parma at 17 years, 70 days previous. Fruhvirtova can also be the youngest Czech finalist since Nicole Vaidisova received the title at 2006 Strasbourg at 17 years, 34 days previous.

Fruhvirtova will face Poland’s Magda Linette in Sunday’s last. Linette superior after her opponent Katie Swan retired whereas trailing 3-0.

Midway the world over, Brenda received her twenty fourth match in a row on the ITF Circuit to make a last in Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy. Her current run places her heading in the right direction to make the lower for the Australian Open qualifying draw. 

Linda, who described her combating spirit and her giving-it-her-all angle as her largest power, does a fairly good job of tuning out the noise. She insists she hasn’t set any particular rating targets for the yr forward. She would moderately concentrate on steady enchancment.

“I don’t assume I’m in the place but to assume that I’ve to be Prime 50 or Prime 60 by finish of the season or by the tip of the summer time,” Fruhvirtova said. “I would love to be in the place the place I can play the primary attracts of the large tournaments and the Grand Slams.”

A self-confessed Serena Williams and Roger Federer fan, Fruhvirtova has been lucky sufficient to meet each the icons and says she has nothing however respect for the 2. And at the same time as she is gloomy to see each cling up their racquets over these previous few weeks, she says it’s a signal of a altering of the guard.

“This day had to come although we wish it didn’t,” she stated. “It’s like the tip of an period. And now the generations are altering. New gamers are coming, like Alcaraz. I feel now’s the time of a technology change.”

With youthful sister Brenda already ranked contained in the Prime 200 earlier than her sixteenth birthday, the Fruhvirtovas are among the many main candidates to fill in a number of the void left by the departure of the GOATs. Linda is in no rush.

“We can see that it (winning a Grand Slam as a teenager) is possible but I don’t think it is possible to dominate and win many Slams at age of 15 or 16 like it was in the past,” Fruhvirtova said. “Of course, you want to win the Grand Slams as soon as possible but I don’t care whether I win one when I’m in 19 or 20. I am just going to try my best and we will see.”

Just like the Williams sisters, the Fruhvirtova sisters are additionally tremendous shut and Linda can’t wait to journey alongside her fast-rising sister to the identical tournaments.

“It looks like we are going to go together to Australia which is really exciting,” she said. “She has been playing unbelievably well. She’s a very tough opponent for any player and I think she will be fine even at the bigger tournaments.”

And though they’ve dreamed of enjoying Grand Slam finals between themselves, Linda was a bit stumped after I requested her if she would favor beating her youthful sister in a primary Grand Slam last for each or one other participant. 

“It has two sides but I wouldn’t reject it,” Fruhvirtova stated, laughing. “If we each get to the ultimate collectively and it is our first time, if one would win, I imagine the opposite would have an opportunity to win one other one for certain. 

“It would be pretty unbelievable. Especially for our parents, they wouldn’t care who wins.” 

Whereas the tennis world can’t look forward to its next Sister Act on the high of the sport, the Fruhvirtovas are in no hurry. However relaxation assured that after they do get there, they are going to be prepared.

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