Linda Frohvitova is in no hurry to become the next teenage star in tennis

We live in an instantaneous age, where we get and anticipate things with the flick of our fingers. We want the guys to become heroes right away and when they do, we are ready to bring them down just as quickly.

But there is a famous quote that says, “Slowly is the fastest way to get where you want to be.” And 17-year-old Linda Frohvitova seems to know this well as she takes a long-term view when it comes to her tennis career.

Since winning Les Petits as in 2020, Fruhvirtova’s two older sisters – yes, there is a younger sister to her, Brenda, and yes, she’s a very good player herself – have earned the title of potential Grand Slam winner. player paid on them.

“Since I was really young, we always had a lot of interest, even if it was the U-10 national championship. I’m used to people watching what I’m going to do,” Frohvitova said.

“However, in tennis, once you lose two games, people say, ‘Oh, she’s going down’ and then you win two games and they go ‘She’s a star.’ You can’t really focus on what other people are saying. That’s not where my focus is going.”

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“Of course, you want to win Grand Slam titles as soon as possible, but I don’t care if I win one when I’m 19 or 20.”

This week, the Fruhvirtova sisters took another step towards their dream of competing side by side on the world stage. On Saturday, Linda beat 2020 French Open semi-finalist Nadia Podorowska 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 in Chennai to reach the Hologic WTA Tour final.

Fruhvirtova battled 4-2 in the final set to win, and is now expected to make her debut in the WTA singles rankings on Monday.

Fruhvirtova, at 17 years and 140 days old, is the youngest finalist in a tour-level event since Coco Gauff won the title in 2021 Parma at the age of 17 years and 70 days. Frohvitova is also the youngest Czech team to qualify for the final since Nicole Fedisova won the title in 2006 in Strasbourg at the age of 17 years 34 days.

She will face Poland’s Magda Linet in the final on Sunday. Lynette led after rival Katie Swan’s retirement 3-0.

Halfway across the world, Brenda won her 24th straight match on the ITF circuit to reach the final in Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy. Her last run puts her on her way to the Australian Open qualifying draw.

Linda, who has described her fighting spirit and attitude of giving it everything as her biggest strength, does a very good job of tuning out the noise. It insists it has not set any specific rating targets for the next year. Prefer to focus on continuous improvement.

“I don’t think I’m in a position to think I should be in the top 50 or top 60 by the end of the season or by the end of the summer,” Fruhvirtova said. “I would really like to be in the position where I can play the main draws in the major tournaments and major tournaments.”

Fruhvirtova, a self-confessed fan of Serena Williams and Roger Federer, has been lucky enough to meet both icons and says she has nothing but respect for the two. And even as she’s sad to see both of them hanging up their rackets over the past few weeks, she says it’s a sign of a change of guard.

“This day should have come even though we wish it hadn’t,” she said. “It’s like the end of an era. And now generations are changing. New players are coming, like Alcaraz. I think now is the time for a generation change.”

With younger sister Brenda already ranked in the top 200 ahead of her 16th birthday, Fruhvirtovas is among the prime candidates to fill some of the void left by the goats’ departure. Linda is in no hurry.

“We can see that[winning a major championship as a teenager]is possible, but I don’t think it is possible to master and win as many four-slams at the age of 15 or 16 as it was in the past,” Frohvitova said. Of course, you want to win Grand Slam titles as soon as possible, but I don’t care if I’ll win one when I’m 19 or 20. I will do my best and we will see. “

Like the Williams sisters, the Fruhvirtova sisters are also very close and Linda can’t wait to travel alongside her fast-rising sister to the same tournaments.

She said: “It looks like we are going to Australia together which is really exciting. She has played incredibly well. She is a very strong opponent for any player and I think she will do well even in the bigger tournaments.”

And although they dreamed of playing a Grand Slam final amongst themselves, Linda was a little perplexed when I asked her if she would rather beat her younger sister in her first Grand Slam final for both of them or another player.

“It has two sides, but I wouldn’t reject it,” Frohvitova said with a laugh. “If we both reach the final together and it’s our first time, if one of them wins, I think the other will have a chance to win another for sure.

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

While the tennis world can’t wait for the next Sister Law at the top of the game, Fruhvirtovas are in no hurry. But rest assured that when they get there, they will be ready.

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