Brenda Fruhvirtova, 14 years of age, claims ITF title in Argentina
14-year-old Brenda Fruhvirtova picked up her first professional title and first top-200 win this weekend.
Brenda Fruhvirtova, of the Czech Republic, has become the youngest player to win a title on the ITF circuit in over six years.
The 14-year-old, younger sister of promising Linda, claimed the WTA title at Tucaman, Argentina on Sunday.
Fruhvirtova, ranked 1078 and playing in her third professional event, defeated world No 177 (former world No 59) Paula Ormaechea in three sets in the semi-finals, then capped her title run with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over world No 240 Carolina Alves in the final.
Fruhvirtova – part of a select group of 14-year-old champions
According to the ITF, Fruhvirtova is the first 14-year-old to win a professional title since 2015 (Claire Liu of USA), and one of just 21 players to have achieved the feat in the last 25 years. The list includes Justine Henin and Dinara Safina, both former world No 1 players.
She was presented the trophy by former WTA legend Gabriela Sabatini.
Fruhvirtova is still active on the junior circuit – she is the current junior world No 4.
She was also a part of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in 2020. Then 13, she battled with France’s Alizé Cornet.
“[Brenda] definitely plays really amazing for a 13-year-old player,” Cornet said after facing her. “She has a bright future ahead, that’s for sure. I can’t wait to see her in three, four, five years. She’s going to be amazing.”
Older sister paves the way
Fruhvirtova trains at the Patrick Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Nice, along with her older sister Linda (now 16).
Linda picked up her maiden WTA victory last spring in Charleston, defeating Alizé Cornet before reaching the quarterfinals. She is currently ranked 300.