Second seed Strycova battles through to Linz second round
By Jake Davies
- Barbora Strycova  defeats Madison Brengle 7-5 6-3
- The No.2 seed was pleased to discuss just how far apart her personality off the court is to the expressive personality on tour.
LINZ, AUSTRIA – Barbora Strycova continues her momentum as she eases on in Linz.
Czech No.3 and World No.25 Barbora Strycova continued the good form that she carried through Asia into the tournament in Linz as she overcame the scrappy American Madison Brengle in a straight-sets affair at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz event.
Last week, Strycova won her first ever match against a World No.1 player when she defeated Garbiñe Muguruza in the China Open and she talked about, not just her form recently, but how solid her season has been overall:
“Being in Asia, I played some very good matches. I beat Johanna Konta and I beat Muguruza, so it was a good three weeks there and good matches over there. And coming back to Europe I feel very well. I think it was a pretty solid season, so I played some good matches and some tough matches that I didn’t make. I think it was a good season overall and a healthy season, which is important.”
Strycova needed three separate break advantages in order to get the first set, but the biggest challenge would come in the second set in the sixth game, where Brengle could not convert on five break points. The World No.26 would then go on to win the next 3 games, but faced a late surge from Brengle in the final game. Strycova held on to win her first match as the No.2 seed in Linz.
Strycova was in good spirits in her post-match press conference. After talking about her season as a whole, she also talked about the major differences between the personality that we see on the court compared to the rather contrasting personality from the softly-spoken Strycova off the court:
“Barbora on the court is totally different to Barbora outside the court. This is me. I’m transferring to a very aggressive and fighting person on the court. This is how I was always since I was small. And I am talking to myself ‘Be calm, be calm, Barbora. Be the Barbora outside of the court.’ I am a very emotional player and I am also very emotional outside of the court. I feel sadness and I feel happiness a lot.”
Playing as the No.2 seed, you could argue that the Czech had a lot of pressure and expectation on her side. She has a very good opportunity to bag an International title at WTA level this week and judging by her season and her résumé, there is no reason why she cannot fight for the title on Sunday.
Strycova will bid for a place in the quarter-finals on Thursday.
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