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15-year-old Brenda Fruhvirtova wins Grand Slam qualifying debut at Australian Open

The Czech teen won eight titles on the ITF Tour last year and is currently ranked No 135 in the world

Brenda Fruhvirtova - UTS 2 (1) Brenda Fruhvirtova – UTS 2 (1)

Brenda Fruhvirtova, the younger of the Czech Fruhvirtova sisters, made a winning start to her pro Grand Slam career by winning her debut match in a Major event to advance to the second round of the Australian Open qualifying draw.

Ranked No 135 in the world, the Czech needed one hour and 51 minutes to defeat Natalija Stevanovic 6-0, 7-6.

She will next meet Daria Snigur, ranked No 148 in the world, after the Ukrainian defeated Fernanda Contreras Gomez 6-3, 6-7 6-4.

The 15-year-old went on a tear on the ITF circuit last year, winning 27 matches in a row which included 5 titles on the trot and ended the season with eight ITF titles.

Brenda’s 17-year-old sister Linda will also make her debut at the Australian Open and is directly into the main draw thanks to her world ranking of No 80.

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