Czech teenager Linda Fruhvirtova advanced to the first WTA Tour final of her career as she produced a late comeback to defeat former French Open semi-finalist Nadia Podoroska at the WTA Chennai Open on Saturday.
In a thrilling match that produced some of the best tennis of the week in front of a packed stadium, the 17-year-old came from 2-4 down in the final set to beat Podoroska 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and 53 minutes.
Her dream run continues 🤩
Linda Fruhvirtova digs deep and moves past Podoroska for a spot in the final!#ChennaiOpen pic.twitter.com/dYpJzJddjm
— wta (@WTA) September 17, 2022
Speaking in her on-court interview, Fruhvirtova, who is projected to break into the world’s top 100 for the first time next week, said it was the best atmosphere she had ever played in.
She will take on third seed Magda Linette, a former world top-35 player, in Sunday’s final as the Pole advanced when her opponent Katie Swan was forced to retire while trailing 3-0 in the first set. Heat illness was the reason the Brit had to pull out. She was involved in a late-night thriller a few hours back, with her quarterfinal ending just short of 3 am.
Linette, a two-time WTA singles champion, will be competing in…