Brenda Fruhvirtova becomes second 16-year-old to qualify for Roland-Garros women’s draw

This is the second consecutive Grand Slam that Fruhvirtova has qualified for

Brenda Fruhvirtova at the 2023 Madrid Open Brenda Fruhvirtova at the 2023 Madrid Open

Czech teen Brenda Fruhvirtova became the second 16-year-old to qualify for the women’s singles draw at Roland-Garros after winning her third round qualifying match on Friday.

The younger of the two Fruhvirtova sisters, Brenda, defeated Alice Robbe 6-3, 6-0 to join another 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva, who qualified on Thursday, in the 128-player draw.

In her first match, Fruhvirtova saved a match point to defeat Antonia Ruzic 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (12-10) while she scored a more comfortable win in the second round, 7-6, 6-1 over Kathinkavon Deichmann.

This is the second Grand Slam in a row that the 146th ranked Czech will be playing in the main draw. She also qualified for the Australian Open in January to become the fifth-youngest qualifier in the history of the Melbourne event.

Brenda’s older sister, Linda Fruhvirtova, earned a direct entry into the main draw thanks to her ranking of No 56.

17-year-old Sara Bejlek also qualifies for first French Open

Later on Friday, 17-year-old Sara Bejlek, also from the Czech Repiblic, booked her spot into the main draw with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Viktroria Hruncakova.

Bejlek won the girls doubles title here in Paris 12 months ago and played her first Grand Slam main draw at the WTA level at the Australian Open in January, where she also came through the qualifying draw.

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