In the footsteps of Sharapova. And soon there is a sister, says Fruhvirt to the world

Linda Fruhvirt flew fearlessly through the carousel of great tennis and made a strong impression on world pundits. The defeat at the World Cup in Miami against the Spaniard Paula Badosa did not change anything. The 16-year-old Czech player is referred to in foreign media with superlatives.

“Just as I was getting used to players born at the turn of the last century, Linda Fruhvirt suddenly came along. Born in 2005,” said Steve Tignor, a renowned publishing expert at Tennis.com.

The performance of the 16-year-old Czech greatly impressed him. Fruhvirt received a wild card for the Florida “mile” and on the first lap she took one step after another.

First, for the first time in her career, she beat top-100 player Danka Koviničová of Montenegro, then stepped on the world’s 24th tennis player, Belgium’s Elisa Mertens, to escape the court in the third state 6:2, 3:0 Belarusian star Victoria Azarenková.

“Maybe her opponent’s youth may have bothered her as much. Azarenka debuted on the WTA Tour in the same year, almost the same week that Fruhvirt was born,” Tignor noted.

After a lifetime of success, the young Czech crew were nabbed by Tennis Channel staff and seated in the studio outside the local Hard Rock Stadium.

“I don’t know if you know this, but you’re the youngest eight finalist here in Miami since 2004. How are you feeling?” asked its popular Indian moderator Prakash Amritraj.

“I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of. A dream has come true,” Fruhvirt replied in his confident English.

The host wondered what a great experience she had had in Miami as a newcomer to the elite scene. The tennis player did not hesitate for long.

“Playing against Vice was amazing. She’s one of the players I grew up with. I watched her and it was an honor to be with her on the same court,” she said.

Fruhvirt even reminds Tignor of Azarenka’s playroom. Especially because of the flowing and confident two-handed backhand. “Vika also knew him as a teenager, she could perfectly control the exchanges with him,” he said.

He also praised the Czech Republic for a quick forehand, solid first serve and, above all, complete fearlessness. The same characteristics of Fruhvirt were also highlighted by his conqueror in eight Badosa finals.

“Linda has a bright future ahead of her. She is playing absolutely fearless,” said the world number six after the 6:2, 6:3 win, but at least world number three after the Miami tournament. And Badosa has the position of second Barbora Krejčíková close at hand.

Discover the great exchange between Badosa and Fruhvirt:

The Spaniard is often referred to as the new Maria Sharapova, but comparisons to the Russian superstar don’t seem to be avoided by Fruhvirt going forward. “Czech miracle child follows in Sharapova’s footsteps,” server Essentially Sports wrote in the headline.

In 2004, the year in question, in Miami, a player under the age of seventeen had qualified for the last time among the first sixteen. In addition to Sharapova, Tatiana Golovin, a Frenchwoman nine months her junior, was able to do so at the time.

By the way, Linda Fruhvirtová reminded her then Sparta Prague coach, Daniel Filj, of the famous Russian tennis player, winner of five Grand Slam tournaments, four years ago. When asked in an interview with Aktuálně.cz which player would he compare her style to, he replied: “Maria Sharapova. That’s why I went there.”

Fruhvirt’s foreign media also point to his confident statements after the Miami ride.

“When I asked what my goals were, I always answered the same way. I want to be number one in the world and win Grand Slams. That hasn’t changed,” said the girl, who will steal almost 279 from 279th place. in the WTA ranking after Miami.

The official website of the Women’s Tennis Organization called Fruhvirt the latest product “an incredible Czech system that has produced countless champions and brought the country six Fed Cup titles in the past eleven years.”

“Eight top 100 Czech players may soon have company,” the server wrote, also drawing attention to Linda’s sister Brenda, who is two years younger. She is already in the top four in the world at the age of fourteen and could very soon embark on an equally steep climb. Linda Fruhvirt is sure of it.

“We train together, I know how good it is. I can’t wait to play these big tournaments together. Yes, I think it will be here in a while,” the Czech hopeful told the tennis world .

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