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Bio Magda Linette is a Polish professional tennis player. She made her first appearance in a WTA Tour main draw at the Internationaux de Strasbourg in May 2013, where she also scored her first win at this level. The same year, she reached her first WTA semifinal in Baku, coming from qualifying. Linette won her first WTA Tour title at the 2019 Bronx Open, and her first WTA 125K title at the 2014 Ningbo International Women's Tennis Open. She won her first WTA singles title at the 2019 Bronx Open. Her best result in WTA Premier tournaments is quarterfinal of 2016 Toray Pan Pacific Open.

She was born to Tomasz and Beata and resides in Poznań. She likes all surfaces.

In May 2010, Magda Linette received a wildcard to the qualifying draw of Polsat Warsaw Open – part of WTA Premier series. She beat her doubles partner Paula Kania in straight sets but lost to Anna Chakvetadze (4–6, 6–4, 1–6). In June, she won her first professional tournament in Szczecin as a wildcard entrant. In July, she made it to the final of the ITF tournament at Toruń but lost to top seed Ksenia Pervak from Russia in straight sets.

Magda Linette won another two ITF titles in August, in Hechingen and Versmold, both in Germany. In Hechingen, as a qualifier, she defeated Sílvia Soler Espinosa of Spain, while in Versmold she beats Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets, 6–2, 7–5.

She continued to play $25,000 ITF tournaments and won her fourth title of the season in Katowice, where she defeated former top-100 player Eva Birnerová in three sets. The week after, she reached another final in Zagreb but lost to Renata Voráčová in three sets, after 21 consecutive wins on the ITF Women's Circuit. After some weeks of rest, she wasn't able to win her first matches in $50,000 ITF tournaments, in Athens and Ismaning; nevertheless she succeeded in reaching the final in Opole, but lost to Sandra Záhlavová in three sets.

In early February of 2011, Linette played for the first time as a member of Polish team in Fed Cup. She defeated Anne Kremer easily in straight sets, but lost her three other matches, including a close match against Olga Govortsova.

In May, for her first appearance in a Grand Slam tournament, she played the qualifying of the French Open and defeated Claire de Gubernatis in straight sets to reach the second round, where she lost to Mandy Minella.

In September, Linette played in the qualifying tournament of the US Open, losing a three-set match to Valeria Savinykh.

After some difficult months despite encouraging debuts on $50,000 and $100,000 ITF tournaments during the summer, Magda Linette surprisingly defeated Sorana Cîrstea in the first round of the tournament of Poitiers in October. The month after, she reached the semifinals of the ITF tournament of Opole in her home country, beating en route top seed Lesia Tsurenko.

Starting the 2012 season with several early exits after a notable straight sets win over Monica Puig in Andrézieux-Bouthéon, Magda Linette reached her first singles final in over 18 months at the $10,000 event of Florence in May but lost to Anaïs Laurendon (4–6, 4–6). After four first round losses, she finally competed again in a $25,000 final in Kristinehamn a month later after beating Elena Bovina by coming from a set down, but was defeated by Australia's Sacha Jones. In Ystad, she won her very first doubles title pairing up with her friend Katarzyna Piter.

Linette's performances during the summer were quite disappointing, exceeding the first round only once. Her next good run occurred in Dobrich where she finally qualified for the semifinals with victories over Irina Khromacheva and Jasmina Tinjić, losing to Anne Schäfer after a final set tie-break. The week after, she entered and won the $10,000 of Prague after beating Kateřina Siniaková and Zuzana Luknárová without dropping a set, lifting her fifth singles trophy in career and the first since September 2010.

In October and November, Linette got some of her best wins of the season by beating Eleni Daniilidou in Limoges, Monica Puig again in Nantes and Karolína Plíšková in Équeurdreville, but reached at best the quarterfinals in these tournaments. Nevertheless, she added two more doubles titles to her prize list, including her first $50,000 level trophy in Limoges with compatriot Sandra Zaniewska. In December, she ended her season by winning another tournament in doubles with Katarzyna Piter in Ankara.

In early 2013, Magda Linette hired Izo Zunić as her new coach and started to train in Split.

After a brief warm-up tournament in France in January where she won three matches, Linette spent some weeks in South America to play two WTA tournaments but suffered early losses in both Cali and Acapulco.

Back in Europe in late March, Linette reached the semifinals at the indoor hard court tournament of Tallinn, falling to Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Some days later, she beat Valeria Savinykh in the first qualifying round of the BNP Paribas Katowice Open but didn't manage to qualify for the main draw. At the end of the month, Linette entered the $25,000 event of Civitavecchia and reached the singles final by defeating successively Anne Schäfer, Arantxa Parra Santonja, Alizé Lim and Corinna Dentoni before losing to Anna Karolína Schmiedlová. The week after, she won at $50,000+H Johannesburg her biggest doubles title to date along with Chanel Simmonds.

At mid-May, Linette qualified for the first time for a WTA main draw in Strasbourg, not losing a set in qualifying. She scored her first win at this level against Olga Puchkova and, doing so, her second victory over a top 100 player, advanced to the second round and falling to eventual champion Alizé Cornet. Then she had some tougher weeks until mid-July as she reached the quarterfinals only once, in Toruń.

Getting through another WTA qualifying draw on the occasion of the Baku Cup, Linette made her second appearance in a main draw at this level. She defeated Julia Cohen, runner-up of the previous edition, then Kristýna Plíšková to reach the quarterfinals where she benefited from a controversial retirement of Ons Jabeur. She lost in her first WTA semifinals to Shahar Pe'er. Thanks to her deep run in Baku, she returned to the top 200 for the first time since August 2011 and got a new career-high in rankings of No.159.

Trying to enter the US Open main draw, she fell in the first qualifying round to Turkey's Çağla Büyükakçay.

After fruitless tournaments in September, Linette started to compete in successive indoor hard events in France and got more success. She reached the semifinals at $50,000 Joué-lès-Tours with victories over Valeria Savinykh, Ana Vrljić and Marta Domachowska, only losing to Mirjana Lučić-Baroni. The week after, she won her eighth doubles title, pairing up with Viktorija Golubic. Finally, she competed in her very first $50,000+H singles final in Nantes beating en route Sofia Arvidsson and Claire Feuerstein but falling to in-form player Aliaksandra Sasnovich (6–4,4–6,2–6). This performance made her advance to No. 148 in singles.

In December she came back to play a $25,000 tournament in Pune, which she won as the top seed.

Linette started the 2014 season slowly with a few wins in Australia before falling into a seven-match losing streak from January to April, combining WTA and ITF events. She finally reached the quarterfinals at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.

Preparing for the French Open, she had mixed results at two European $100,000 tournaments and failed to pass the first qualifying round in Paris where she lost to Ksenia Pervak. She launched her grass season with two ITF tournaments in Great Britain but lost twice to Estonia's Anett Kontaveit in straight sets. She sustained an ankle injury from her first qualifying match at Wimbledon and had to stop playing for a month.
Linette returned to the competition in August but failed again to get through the first qualifying round at the US Open. In September, she flew to Asia to play a serie of WTA events. Winning one match each time in Suzhou, Hong Kong and Guangzhou (losing to Timea Bacsinszky in three sets), she reached in the latter her very first WTA doubles final, partnering Alizé Cornet. After two losses in Beijing and Tianjin, she was top seed in a $25,000 event in Goyang and won it.

In late October two weeks later, she entered another WTA 125 tournament in Ningbo, China. Defeating seventh seed Shahar Pe'er and Xu Yifan in the first two rounds, she came back from a 1–6, 0–4 deficit to beat second seed Zheng Saisai in the quarterfinals before taking out fellow Pole and friend Paula Kania to qualify for the final. She defeated 6th seed Wang Qiang in the final (3–6, 7–5, 6–1) to win the tournament, the biggest title of her career and her first WTA trophy of any kind until then.

She ended her season with a quarterfinal appearance in the WTA 125 event of Taipei the week after, beating again Wang Qiang but losing to top seed Anna-Lena Friedsam. She reached the 109th position in the singles rankings at the end of November 2014.

In 2015, Linette won a Grand Slam match for the first time when she beat her compatriot Urszula Radwańska at the US Open, but then she lost to the latter's famous sister. The player from Greater Poland reached the Japan Open final, peaking at a ranking of 64 and ending the season at 89.

In 2016, at the Miami Open, Linette won two matches, but lost to the eventual champion Victoria Azarenka. Then the Pole reached the quarterfinals of the Katowice Open. Later she won an ITF tournament in Cagnes-sur-Mer. At Wimbledon, the player from Poznań played a tight match with Samantha Stosur. In Stanford she won a set against Venus Williams. In the first round of the US Open, she met a top player again, losing to Dominika Cibulková. Linette reached the quarterfinals at the Pan Pacific Open where she took seven games from Caroline Wozniacki. At the end of the year, she was ranked 96.

In 2017, Linette posted third consecutive top-100 season finish in 2017. Her season was highlighted by third tour-level semifinal of her career at Kuala Lumpur. She also reached quarterfinals at Bogotá and produced her best Grand Slam showing at Roland Garros, where she reached third round, playing a tight match with the best player of the season Elina Svitolina.

Next Linette appeared in her third career WTA doubles final at Bogotá (with Cepede Royg), having also been runner-up at 2014 Guangzhou (with Cornet) and 2016 Hong Kong (with Xu). With Lucie Šafářová in 2017 Hungarian Ladies Open she lost a third set tiebreaker. Then she reached the semifinals at the 2017 Malaysian Open.

In 2018, for the first time in her career Linette advanced to the third round of the Australian Open, after she beat world No. 22 Daria Kasatkina. Linette, seeded 74th, started the match strongly, but at 5–2 injured her foot, giving Kasatkina a chance to catch up. With a bandaged foot, Linette took out the first set and dominated the second, winning in an hour and 43 minutes. In the third round she lost to Denisa Allertová.

Next Linette, seeded at No. 7, defeated Johanna Larsson to advance to the quarterfinals of the Taiwan Open, ultimately prevailing in three hours and seven minutes. Sitting at a career-high ranking of world No. 60 she lost to No. 4 seed Timea Babos in the quarterfinals.

In April Linette participated at the Copa Colsanitas in Bogota. Seeded at No. 2, she defeated Evgeniya Rodina and María Fernanda Herazo to reach the quarterfinals where she lost to Dalila Jakupović in three sets.

In 2019, on August 24th, Linette won an epic final against Camila Giorgi to triumph in the first edition of the Bronx Open, sealing her first WTA Tour title. Linette had to fight through three rounds of qualifying to reach the main draw in the Bronx. On her way to the final - her eighth match of the week - she had to fight past Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Karolina Muchova and Kateřina Siniaková before her clash with Giorgi. The following week, Linette continued at Flushing Meadows where she lost to defending champion Naomi Osaka in the second round of the US Open. Linette cracked the Top 50 for the first time in her career after reaching the second round of the US Open.

Linette reached the quarterfinals at the Jiangxi International Women's Tennis Open, where she twice served for the match against eventual champion Rebecca Peterson. She recovered swiftly from that disappointment by dismantling Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round at the Korea Open. To reach her third WTA final she battled past Anastasia Potapova, Kirsten Flipkens and Ekaterina Alexandrova. In the final Linette lost to Karolina Muchova.

In February of 2020, Linette won the Thailand Open, rising to a career-high ranking of No. 33. In December, she was honoured by the WTA with the Fan Favorite Shot of the Year, which she performed in round two of the Thailand Open against Peng Shuai.

Linette started the 2021 season at the end of March due to a knee injury. In May, she advanced to her first semifinal since triumphing at the Hua Hin Championships last February. At Strasbourg, she defeated Yulia Putintseva in the quarterfinal before losing a three-set semifinal match against Sorana Cîrstea.

On May 21, Linette posted on Instagram that she started a new coaching partnership with Dawid Celt, who was previously coaching Agnieszka Radwańska.

At the French Open, Linette defeated Chloé Paquet, and No. 1 seed Ashleigh Barty after Barty retired with injury. In the third round, she lost to Ons Jabeur in three sets. At the same tournament in doubles, she reached the semifinals, partnering with American Bernarda Pera, for the first time in her career.

Linette continued at Wimbledon, where she defeated Amanda Anisimova and No. 3 seed Elina Svitolina to advance to the third round, where she lost to Paula Badosa in three sets.

She lost her opening match at the US Open to Coco Gauff.

In April of 2022, Linette won two three-set matches in one day to reach the Charleston Open quarterfinals, upsetting No. 7 seed Leylah Fernandez in the second round in 2 hours and 36 minutes, before returning to defeat Kaia Kanepi in the third round in 2 hours and one minute. In the quarterfinal, she lost to Ekaterina Alexandrova in two sets. At the same tournament in doubles, Linette won her first doubles title, partnering with Andreja Klepač.

At the French Open, she defeated Ons Jabeur in the first round before losing to Martina Trevisan in the second round. In June, Linette and Aleksandra Krunic were crowned Eastbourne International doubles champions.

At the Chennai Open, she reached her fifth WTA Tour final, losing to Linda Fruhvirtová, in three sets.

In her first tournament of the 2023 year, Linette represented Poland at the United Cup in Brisbane, and defeated Zhibek Kulambayeva, Jil Teichmann and Lucia Bronzetti on the way to the semifinals before she lost to Madison Keys in straight sets.

At the Australian Open, Linette defeated Mayar Sherif, 16th seed Anett Kontaveit, 19th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova and fourth seed Caroline Garcia reaching the quarterfinals, her best career result at a major tournament. She went on to defeat 30th seed Karolína Plíšková to enter the semifinal where she lost to the eventual champion Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets. As a result she reached the top 25 at world No. 22 on January 30, 2023.

Linette started out as a defensive player, whose game was primarily built around her strong movement and consistent ball striking from the baseline. The Pole has, however, began finding an increasing amount of success after altering her game style away from being a counter-puncher, to actively creating opportunities to hit winners on the court. Ever since partnering with Mark Gellard, Linette also worked on improving the mental aspect of her game.

Her strengths on court are her speed, footwork, court coverage, and anticipation. Her strongest groundstroke is her two-handed backhand, which is hit flat and with depth, and which is responsible for many of the winners she accumulates on court. Her forehand is also strong, and is hit with topspin, making it a safe and reliable shot.

Having spent a significant time on the doubles circuit as well, Linette has developed solid volleying skills and often looks to finish points off at the net. She is capable of introducing drop shots and sliced backhands into points, constantly breaking up an opponent's rhythm, and to attempt to draw unforced errors out of aggressive players.

Linette's serve is not particularly strong, with her first serve averaging 95 mph (153 km/h) and her second serve averaging 80 mph (130 km/h), but is reliable, meaning that, whilst she does not ace frequently, double faults are also uncommon. She is a strong player on return, also, effectively neutralising strong first serves with a backhand down-the-line or a cross-court forehand.
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