- 14 Apr 2021
15-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova displayed a menacing ground game and a killer instinct on Tuesday night as she claimed her maiden WTA victory (6-2, 6-7(7), 4-4 RET) when Alizé Cornet retired in the third set in Charleston on Tuesday. The Czech talent had the chance to close the match earlier but failed to convert a match point at 6-5 in the second-set tiebreaker, not long after failing to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set.
MUSC Health Women’s Open: Draw
But eventually the teenager wore down Cornet, who was hobbled throughout the match by a right thigh injury but fought through it valiantly until 4-4 in the third. Fruhvirtova, ranked 499, will face American Emma Navarro in the second round.
A first WTA main draw victory for the 15-year-old! 🇨🇿
— wta (@WTA) April 14, 2021
Top-seeded Jabeur moves through
Top seed Ons Jabeur advanced to the last 16 at the MUSC Health Women’s Open, while Magda Linette was a casualty on Tuesday.
Jabeur – who reached the semi-finals of the Volvo Car Open – made a winning start at the WTA 250 event after toppling Stefanie Vogele 6-4 6-1.
The Tunisian won 88.9 per cent of her first serves to set up a clash with qualifier Alycia Parks – the latter eased past fellow American Grace Min 6-1 6-4.
However, second seed Linette crashed out at the hands of in-form Colombian Maria Camila Osorio Serrano.
@Ons_Jabeur isn’t slowing down!
— wta (@WTA) April 13, 2021
Osorio Serrano, who claimed her maiden singles title at the Copa Colsanitas in Bogota last week, upstaged Linette 6-3 4-6 7-5.