A new wave of Czech teenagers affects Prague

The Czech Republic is notorious for hitting overweight in the Hologic WTA Tour. A population of just 10.7 million has produced seven of the top 100 players in the world today, including two Grand Slam champions, Petra Kvitova and Barbora Krejsikova. The Czech national team has won the Billie Jean King Cup six times since 2011, and their contemporary success comes against the backdrop of a slew of legends from Hana Mandlikova to Jana Novotna.

At this week’s Livesport Prague Open, a group of teens showed that the future of tennis in the country is in good hands – and perhaps even better. Get to know them here.

Linda Noskova

age: 17 (born November 17, 2004)
current arrangement: 112
High professional rank: 112
2022 Win/Loss Record: 28-9 (2-1 in the WTA main tie), as of Prague FC
WTA Highlights: She made her debut in the Tour-level main draw in 2022, Roland Garros, having qualified for the first time in a Grand Slam qualifier on her first attempt and leading Emma Raducano to three sets in the first round; She reached the Makarska 125 semi-finals the following week; She reached her WTA quarter-finals this week in 2022 Prague after upsetting Alizee Cornet for her first win in the Top 50.
ITF highlights: Six titles including 2021 Prerov W60, 2022 Croissy-Beauborg W60, 2022 Versmold W100.
Junior highlights: 2021 Roland Garros Girls’ Singles Champion, No. 5 in her career.
video: Noskova d. Cornet, 2022 Prague R2; Noskova d. Andreeva, Roland Garros 2021 girls final

Lucy Havelikova

age: 17 (born March 13, 2005)
current arrangement: 787
High professional rank: 758
2022 Win/Loss Record: 12-8 (1-1 in WTA Main Draws)
WTA Highlights: He made his debut in the WTA main draw in Prague 2021, losing to Anastasia Gasanova in three sets in the first round; As a substitute, she won her first WTA Main Draw match this week in 2022 Prague over Barbora Balikova.
ITF highlights: Round three of the 2022 CSKA Lipa W60.
Junior highlights: 2022 Roland Garros, singles and doubles champion (with Sarah Beglick), No. 2 of her career.
video: Jasanova d. Havelikova, 2021 Prague R1; Havelikova d. Balikova, 2022 Prague R1

Dominica Salkova

age: 18 (born June 28, 2004)
current arrangement: 421
High professional rank: 421
2022 Win/Loss Record: 20-9 (1-1 in WTA Main Draws)
WTA Highlights: Her second WTA playoff draw for her career (and her 16th tournament ever), she beat Astra Sharma and Natalia Viklyantseva this week to make her debut in the main draw in Prague 2022; She defeated Jelena In Albon 6-1 6-4 to reach the second round, where she lost to Marie Bozkova.
ITF highlights: 2022 Osijek W25 Champion (as qualifier).
Junior highlights: High career number 24.
video: Salkova d. In-Albon, 2022 Prague R1

Barbora Balikova

age: 18 (born March 11, 2004)
current arrangement: 373
High professional rank:
2022 Win/Loss Record: 37-16 (0-1 in WTA Main Draws)
WTA Highlights: won her first WTA qualifier in Prague 2020 over Elaine Perez; She defeated Victoria Kuzmova and Yanina Wickmayer in the Prague 2022 qualifiers to qualify for the first time in the WTA Championships, losing in the first round to Lucy Havlikova.
ITF highlights: Champion in the 2022 Antalya W15 Championship, and runner-up in the 2022 Glasgow W25 Championship.
Junior highlights: High career number 21.
video: Havelikova d. Balikova, 2022 Prague R1

Nikola Bartunkova

age: 16 (born February 25, 2006)
current arrangement: 353
High professional rank:
2022 Win/Loss Record: 20-8 (0-1 in the WTA Main Draws)
WTA Highlights: She won her first WTA playoff match in 2021 in Istanbul over Leoni Kong, falling to Anastasia Jasanova in three sets in the second round; She fought her first major WTA draw as a wildcard in 2022 Istanbul, where she fell to eventual champion Anastasia Potapova 6-1, 6-4 in the first round; This week in 2022 Prague, she fell in three sets to Oksana Selekhmeteva in the first qualifying round.
ITF highlights: Runner-up in the 2021 Milovice W25 and 2022 Istanbul W60.
Junior highlights: 2022 Roland Garros, who qualified for the women’s singles semi-finals and runner-up (with Celine Knife), reached the Wimbledon girls’ singles quarter-finals, number 8 of her career.

Watch this: A headshot of 16-year-old Fruhvirtova in Miami

2022 Miami

Remarkably, the players in Prague this week are not even scratching the surface of the young Czech talent at the moment. Several of them have had an impact on the WTA, ITF and entry-level level this year.

Linda Frohvitova

age: 17 (born May 1, 2006)
current arrangement: 155
High professional rank: 153
2022 Win/Loss Record: 17-14 (4-3 in the WTA Main Draws)
WTA Highlights: entered the WTA main draw for the first time in Prague 2020, falling to Kristina Pliskova in the first round; In her second WTA draw, she reached the 2021 Charleston 250 quarter-finals by defeating Alizee Cornet and Emma Navarro); As a wildcard at Miami 2022, she knocked out Denka Kovinic, Elise Mertens and Victoria Azarenka to reach the fourth round. He has five of the top 100 wins in total.
ITF highlights: Three titles including the 2022 Cancun ITF W25.
Junior highlights: 2021 Wimbledon singles women’s singles semi-finalist, No. 2 of her career.
video: L.Fruhvirtova Dr. Covinic, 2022 Miami R1; L.Fruhvirtova Dr. Mertens, 2022 Miami R2; L.Fruhvirtova Dr. Konjuh, 2022 Charleston R1; Bencic d. L.Fruhvirtova, 2022 Charleston R2

Sarah Bjlick

age: 16 (born January 31, 2006)
current arrangement: 196
High professional rank: 181
2022 Win/Loss Record: 9-28 (0-0 in the WTA main tie)
WTA Highlights: She made her round-table qualifier debut at Wimbledon 2022, losing 7-6 (3), 6-3 to Emina Bektas in the first round.
ITF highlights: Champion in the 2021 Olomouc W60, 2022 Santa Margherita di Pula W25, 2022 Ceska Lipa W60 and 2022 Olomouc W60.
Junior highlights: 2022 Roland Garros women’s doubles champion (with Lucy Havlikova) and women’s singles semi-finalist, number 43 in her career.

Brenda Frohvitova

age: 15 (born April 2, 2007)
current arrangement: 322
High professional rank: 322
2022 Win/Loss Record: 22-5 (0-1 in the WTA Main Draws)
WTA Highlights: reached the second round of the 2021 Seoul 125 on her professional debut; In her first round qualifying debut in 2022, she beat Sara Irani and Leonie Kong for the main draw, falling to eventual champion Sloane Stephens in the first round.
ITF highlights: Champion in the 2022 Tucuman W25 (x2) and 2022 Klosters W25 Championships.
Junior highlights: High career number 3.

Linda Klimovikova

age: 18 (born June 18, 2004)
current arrangement: 876
High professional rank: 876
2022 Win/Loss Record: 13-8 (0-0 in the WTA main tie)
WTA HighlightsShe made her WTA qualifying debut in 2021 Prague, losing to Anastasia Zakharova in the first round.
ITF highlights: Three times in the W15 semi-finals in 2022.
Junior highlights: 2022 Wimbledon women’s singles semi-finalist, number 11 in her career.

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