Fanny Stollar wants to be a recognizable player on the WTA and started her trek at the 2017 Volvo Car Open, just 18-years-old and defeated fourth seed Elena Vesnina in the third round with two tiebreaking intense sets 7-6, 7-6.
But Charleston is magical to many players and Vesnina was a finalist twice at the South Carolina event. She couldn't get past Stollar who played court-smart tennis taking two hours to accomplish her goal. Then this past February Stollar might have bailed out of the Hungarian Open in Budapest losing to Dominika Cibulkova, but she won the doubles title with her partner Georgina Garcia-Perez, her first WTA title.
Stollar was very happy to win the title and in her own country of Hungary, where she has a good record with the Hungarian Fed Cup team of 7 wins and 2 losses. In order to rise in the rankings at 19, Stollar knows that she has to start digging deep into the WTA pool of players gathering wins.
She did just that with this year's Volvo Car Open. The first round the young Hungarian defeated Francesca DiLorenzo of Italy, 7-5, 6-1, but kept focused and hopeful as her second round would be with the Brit's Johanna Konta, whoherself is trying to climb back up the WTA scale ranked now at no.
22, a far cry from no. 4 in 2017. Konta has captured 3 WTA singles titles but the road to more seems a bit dodgy as to when another trophy will be in her hands again. Stollar and Konta faced off at Charleston's second round but for the 19-year-old, she managed to stay focused and determined.
The first set Konta used a bit of slices and spins to blast the teen but she'd come back at her with sharp cross court cuts that Konta seemed perplexed in handling. Stollar did a good job keeping Konta behind the baseline and often coming up to put away shots.
The teen had confidence in her gameplay and found the open court and put away winners, while Konta's valiant effort to spill some points went missing as she had pairs of unforced errors that caused her to lose the first set 6-3.
As the second set quickly went to 2-all, the Brit looked worried and frustrated at not being able to dismantle the Hungarian's game. Konta had earned another hard-fought few games, but Stollar had the victory as more mis-hits and hitting long and wide plagued Jo Konta's lackluster play.
The efforts were there but the results were missing and Konta went down in the second round to a qualifier-teen of 6-3, 6-4. Stollar says of Konta that "She is really tough to play against so I was comig here expecting nothing, I was just going to play my game and focus on every point".
She did just that and it worked to grab the win. Will she find that magic touch on her next Charleston opponent? If she plays in the third round, the way she did with Jo Konta, Fanny Stollar will have all eyes on her and wondering who she will upset next?