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Noskova leads three Czech teenage qualifiers into women’s draw at US Open
The 17-year-old was joined by Sara Bejlek and Linda Fruhvirtova
Czech tennis is coming again in the women’s game, and quickly.
Three Czech teenagers – Linda Noskova, Sara Bejlek and Linda Fruhvirtova – booked their places in the main draw of the US Open with good wins in the final round of qualifying, ensuring that 10 Czechs will start the women’s event at Flushing Meadows.
Noskova, aged 17 and the highest-ranked of the three, beat Anastasia Zakharova 6-2, 7-5, ensuring she’s qualified for the main draw at three Grand Slams in a row. She beat former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard in round two of qualifying and her reward is a clash with another Czech, Marie Bouzkova, in round one.
The 16-year-old Bejlek qualified for a main draw at a slam for the first time with a hard-fought 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory over experienced Briton Heather Watson. She’ll take on Ludmila Samsonova in round one.
And Fruhvirtova, aged 17 and the best known of the trio thanks to a superb junior career and her presence at the Mouratoglou Academy, saw off Chloe Paquet 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach her first Grand Slam main draw.
Fruhvirtova will take on Xinyu Wang of China in the opening round.