On Sunday, Linda Fruhvirtova dominated her first WTA tournament when she triumphed in Chennai. Her sister, Brenda, who is two years younger, won her fifth ITF event in a row, extending her winning streak to 25.
On the same day, Kateřina Siniaková won her third singles title in her career after her triumph in Portorož. However, the positive news for fans does not end there. Czech tennis players hold several of them.
Seventeen-year-old Linda Fruhvirtová climbed to the 74th place in the world rankings after her triumph in Chennai, becoming the youngest player in the elite 100. The second youngest tennis player with such a high ranking is her compatriot Linda Nosková, who is ranked 105th.
“It is an unearthly force. The girls are great. We have eight players in the top 100 and in every youth category the best player in the world. It has never been better like this,” says the head of Czech tennis and Tennis Europe, Ivo Kaderka.
A look at the rankings confirms his words. Alena Kovačková leads the best tennis players under the age of 14, Tereza Krejčová is fourth, and Eliška Forejtková is also in the top ten.
There is even greater dominance in the year of female tennis players under the age of sixteen. The first three places were reserved for Brenda Fruhvirtová, Nikola Bartůňková and Tereza Valentová. Seventh Sára Bejlek and ninth Lucie Urbanová are also in the Top Ten.
And the best female tennis players under the age of eighteen? First Linda Fruhvirtová, second Linda Nosková, third Brenda Fruhvirtová, fifth Sára Bejlek and eighth Nikola Bartůňková completely confirm the words about Czech dominance.
The junior ranking is led by Lucie Havlíčková, who reached the final of the junior women’s singles at the US Open, triumphed in the doubles and is at the top of the WTA junior ranking.
“It’s unbelievable. You can say that Czech tennis reigns supreme in the women’s part of the world. Whether we talk to people from other associations, everyone asks how we do it. From 13 to 19 years old, we have the best female players in the world. It’s unique and it gives us great hope that Czech tennis will be at the top in future years as well,” confirms the golden times of Czech women’s tennis, head coach of the association, Jan Stočes.