Fruhvirtova Wins Chennai Open

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Czech Republic Linda Fruhvirtova beat Poland's Magda Linette to win the Chennai Open in her first WTA Tour-level final on Sunday.

Linette, 30 and number 67 in the world, took the first set 6-4 in the sweltering Indian heat but Fruhvirtova won the second 6-3 and came from behind to clinch the decider 6-4.

"(I have) nothing but love for Chennai. I left my heart out during these matches and it is something I will remember forever," Fruhvirtova said in a post-match interview.

Fruhvirtova, last year became, at 16, the youngest player to enter the top WTA 400 rankings and in March reached the last 16 of the Miami Open.

In the semifinal in Chennai, she came back from one set down to beat Argentina's Nadia Podoroska 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

Linette reached the final after Britain's Katie Swan threw in the towel after just three games, exhausted from a three-hour quarterfinal against Japan's Nao Hibino that lasted until 3 am.