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    Madrid: Linette defeats Olympic runner-up

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    Magda Linette kicked off the WTA 1000 tournament in Madrid with a hard-fought win over 2019 French Open finalist and Tokyo Olympic vice-champion Marketa Vondrousova. After an intense match, Linette emerged victorious, defeating Vondrousova 6:7 (1:7), 6:4, 4:6 on Thursday.

    Linette played against Vondrousova for the first time in her career in Madrid, setting tough conditions for her Tokyo Olympics vice-champion and 2019 French Open finalist opponent. The first set saw the two rivals breaking serves successively, leading to a tie-break where the Pole only dropped one ball, giving her the edge in the match.

    The second set of the match saw an exciting shift in momentum. Both players strategically used their services, but it was the Czech who eventually won 6:4, breaking the service at the end of the set. 

    The third set was even more intense, with neither player able to hold their service. Linette was broken twice, but her success in three games on the Czech’s serve decided the match, culminating in a two-hour and 45-minute victory.

    Linette will face Russian Mirra Andreyeva in the next round. 

    “VERY IMPORTANT WIN FOR MAGDA LINETTE! She beats Marketa Vondrousova 7:6(1), 4:6, 6:4 and advances to the R3 of WTA 1000 in Madrid. On Saturday Magda will play against Mirra Andreeva, who will celebrate her 16th birthday that day,”

    Tennis News wrote on Twitter.

    Magda Linette – Marketa Vondrousova 2-1 (7-6, 4-6, 6-4)

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