New wave of Czech youngsters makes have an effect on in Prague

The Czech Republic is famend for punching above its weight at the Hologic WTA Tour. A inhabitants of simply 10.7 million has produced seven of the sector’s present Top 100 avid gamers, together with two Grand Slam champions, Petra Kvitova and Barbora Krejcikova. The Czech staff have taken house the Billie Jean King Cup trophy six occasions since 2011, and their modern day good fortune comes towards the ancient backdrop of a slew of legends from Hana Mandlikova to Jana Novotna.

At the Livesport Prague Open this week, a squad of youngsters has proven that the way forward for the rustic’s tennis is in just right fingers — and perhaps even higher. Get to grasp them right here.

Linda Noskova

Age: 17 (born 17 Nov. 2004)
Current rating: 112
Career-high rating: 112
2022 win-loss document: 27-9 (1-1 in WTA leading attracts), as of Prague R2
WTA highlights: Made Tour-level main-draw debut at 2022 Roland Garros, coming thru her first Grand Slam qualifying at her first try and taking Emma Raducanu to a few units within the first spherical; reached the Makarska 125 semifinals the next week; posted her first WTA main-draw win this week in Prague over Natalia Vikhlyantseva.
ITF highlights: Six titles together with 2021 Prerov W60, 2022 Croissy-Beauborg W60, 2022 Versmold W100.
Junior highlights: 2021 Roland Garros women’ singles champion, career-high No.5.
Video: Noskova d. Andreeva, 2021 Roland Garros women’ ultimate

Lucie Havlickova

Age: 17 (born 13 Mar. 2005)
Current rating: 787
Career-high rating: 758
2022 win-loss document: 12-7 (1-0 in WTA leading attracts), as of Prague R2
WTA highlights: Made WTA main-draw debut at 2021 Prague, dropping to Anastasia Gasanova in 3 units within the first spherical; as a wildcard, gained her first WTA main-draw fit this week at 2022 Prague over Barbora Palicova.
ITF highlights: Third spherical of 2022 Ceska Lipa W60.
Junior highlights: 2022 Roland Garros women’ singles and doubles (with Sara Bejlek) champion, career-high No.2.
Video: Gasanova d. Havlickova, 2021 Prague R1; Havlickova d. Palicova, 2022 Prague R1

Dominika Salkova

Age: 18 (born 28 Jun. 2004)
Current rating: 421
Career-high rating: 421
2022 win-loss document: 20-9 (1-1 in WTA leading attracts)
WTA highlights: Contesting the second one WTA qualifying draw of her profession (and sixteenth professional event ever), beat Astra Sharma and Natalia Vikhlyantseva this week to make her main-draw debut at 2022 Prague; defeated Ylena In-Albon 6-1, 6-4 to succeed in the second one spherical, the place she fell to Marie Bouzkova.
ITF highlights: 2022 Osijek W25 champion (as a qualifier).
Junior highlights: Career-high No.24.
Video: Salkova d. In-Albon, 2022 Prague R1

Barbora Palicova

Age: 18 (born 11 Mar. 2004)
Current rating: 373
Career-high rating:
2022 win-loss document: 37-16 (0-1 in WTA leading attracts)
WTA highlights: Won her WTA qualifying debut at 2020 Prague over Ellen Perez; defeated Viktoria Kuzmova and Yanina Wickmayer in 2022 Prague qualifying to make her WTA main-draw debut, dropping within the first spherical to Lucie Havlickova.
ITF highlights: Champion at 2022 Antalya W15, runner-up at 2022 Glasgow W25.
Junior highlights: Career-high No.21.
Video: Havlickova d. Palicova, 2022 Prague R1

Nikola Bartunkova

Age: 16 (born 25 Feb. 2006)
Current rating: 353
Career-high rating:
2022 win-loss document: 20-8 (0-1 in WTA leading attracts)
WTA highlights: Won her first WTA qualifying fit at 2021 Istanbul over Leonie Kung, falling to Anastasia Gasanova in 3 units in the second one spherical; made her WTA main-draw debut as a wildcard at 2022 Istanbul, falling to eventual champion Anastasia Potapova 6-1, 6-4 within the first spherical; this week at 2022 Prague, fell in 3 units to Oksana Selekhmeteva within the first qualifying spherical.
ITF highlights: Runner-up at 2021 Milovice W25 and 2022 Istanbul W60.
Junior highlights: 2022 Roland Garros women’ singles semifinalist and doubles runner-up (with Celine Naef), 2022 Wimbledon women’ singles quarterfinalist, career-high No.8.

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Remarkably, the avid gamers in Prague this week do not even scratch the outside of Czech teenage skill at this time. Several extra had been making an have an effect on at WTA, ITF and junior point this 12 months.

Linda Fruhvirtova

Age: 17 (born 1 May 2006)
Current rating: 155
Career-high rating: 153
2022 win-loss document: 15-13 (4-3 in WTA leading attracts)
WTA highlights: Made her WTA main-draw debut at 2020 Prague, falling to Kristyna Pliskova within the first spherical; in her 2nd WTA leading draw, made the 2021 Charleston 250 quarterfinals with wins over Alizé Cornet and Emma Navarro); as a wildcard in 2022 Miami, took out Danka Kovinic, Elise Mertens and Victoria Azarenka to succeed in the fourth spherical. Owns 5 Top 100 wins in general.
ITF highlights: Three titles together with 2022 Cancun ITF W25.
Junior highlights: 2021 Wimbledon women’ singles semifinalist, career-high No.2.
Video: L.Fruhvirtova d. Kovinic, 2022 Miami R1; L.Fruhvirtova d. Mertens, 2022 Miami R2; L.Fruhvirtova d. Konjuh, 2022 Charleston R1; Bencic d. L.Fruhvirtova, 2022 Charleston R2

Sara Bejlek

Age: 16 (born 31 Jan. 2006)
Current rating: 196
Career-high rating: 181
2022 win-loss document: 28-9 (0-0 in WTA leading attracts)
WTA highlights: Made Tour-level qualifying debut at 2022 Wimbledon, dropping 7-6(3), 6-3 to Emina Bektas within the first spherical.
ITF highlights: Champion at 2021 Olomouc W60, 2022 Santa Margherita di Pula W25, 2022 Ceska Lipa W60 and 2022 Olomouc W60.
Junior highlights: 2022 Roland Garros women’ doubles champion (with Lucie Havlickova) and ladies’ singles semifinalist, career-high No.43.

Brenda Fruhvirtova

Age: 15 (born 2 Apr. 2007)
Current rating: 322
Career-high rating: 322
2022 win-loss document: 22-5 (0-1 in WTA leading attracts)
WTA highlights: Reached the second one spherical of 2021 Seoul 125 on her skilled debut; on her tour-level qualifying debut at 2022 Guadalajara, defeated Sara Errani and Leonie Kung to make the primary draw, falling to eventual champion Sloane Stephens within the first spherical.
ITF highlights: Champion at 2022 Tucuman W25 (x2) and 2022 Klosters W25.
Junior highlights: Career-high No.3.

Linda Klimovicova

Age: 18 (born 18 Jun. 2004)
Current rating: 876
Career-high rating: 876
2022 win-loss document: 13-8 (0-0 in WTA leading attracts)
WTA highlights: Made her WTA qualifying debut at 2021 Prague, dropping to Anastasia Zakharova within the first spherical.
ITF highlights: Three-time W15 semifinalist in 2022.
Junior highlights: 2022 Wimbledon women’ singles semifinalist, career-high No.11.

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