Young, precocious and competitive: the astonishing rise of the Fruhvirtova sisters

Linda, 17, and Brenda, 15, are the nice guarantees of girls’s tennis and are already taking part in the ultimate draw of the primary main of the season. The oldest has already received a WTA title and the youngest, who misplaced this Monday within the first spherical, is strolling in the identical path.

Linda and Brenda Fruhvirtova, on the Orange Bowl.

“Once we have been youthful, we all the time inspired serene Y Roger. At the present time needed to come, despite the fact that we wished it hadn’t. It is like the tip of an period. And now there’s a generational change. New gamers arrive, like alcaraz. I believe now’s the time for a altering of the guard.” These are the phrases of Linda Fruhvirtova, Czech, 17 years outdated, assessing the withdrawals of Serena Williams and Roger Federer. Linda is the older of two gamers prepared to energise the ladies’s tour. she and her sister brenda15, have a spot within the remaining draw of the Australian Open, another instance of their dizzying projection.

At an age typical of impulsive attitudes, Linda, now 80 on the planet, winner of her first WTA title final September in Chennai, manages a temperate speech, unimpressed by the great outcomes. She doesn’t set short-term targets for promotion within the rating and he or she prefers to isolate herself from the logical stir that each she and her sister have aroused within the circuit.

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In a rustic steeped in tennis custom, Linda and Brenda draw each logical and hasty analogies with the Williams sisters. It’s true that they stroll rapidly and that they have already got the scaffolding that corresponds to the celebrities. They put on Nike, play with Wilson and practice on the academy of Patrick Moratogloua real guru with the air of a media star, the person who took Serena’s nook within the second and likewise sensible stage of his profession.

collectively in a giant

Linda is already 80 on the planet and has entered the image straight. Brenda wanted three earlier video games, the final one in opposition to the Spanish Jessica Bouzas. Linda fell in opposition to the Spanish Anne Mintegi within the 2021 Wimbledon junior semifinals, earlier than beginning to stand out with the majors. The next spring she was already eighth finalist on the WTA 1000 in Miami and months later she appeared at america Open, stopped for Garbie Muguruza within the second spherical.

Brenda, the fifth youngest participant to play within the remaining draw of the Australian Open, received six ITF titles final yr, decrease than the WTA, stringing 25 consecutive victories. Final morning she misplaced within the first spherical in opposition to the Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnvich (7-5 ​​and 6-2).

Quick, younger and combative, they’ve traveled collectively to Melbourne. “It is all the time been a aim to go to tournaments collectively. She’s been taking part in extremely effectively. She’s a troublesome opponent for any participant and I believe she’ll do effectively within the large tournaments,” Linda says of her little sister. Up to now the sequence is ideal: in 2019 it was Linda who received the title in Les Petits As, an unofficial junior world championship. A yr later, Brenda adopted in her footsteps, setting an uncommon precedent.