The seemingly-perpetual Polish No.2, Linette spent a decade of her career trailing fellow Pole Agnieszka Radwanska, the country’s first Grand Slam finalist and former second-ranked player in the world. This weekend, Linette became the first Polish player since Radwanska’s retirement to win a WTA title – but she already finds herself eclipsed by the next big thing in Polish tennis: current top-ranked Pole Iga Swiatek, the teenage wunderkind who reached the fourth round at Roland Garros earlier this year.
“I’m so happy [for them] because I know how tough it is,” Linette said of her fellow Polish players success, adding, “And you know, in our country Agnieszka was everything. Now, Iga is everything. I’m always in the shadow of somebody.
“So I’m glad that I’m having this moment, because I worked for it so hard. I don’t have sponsorships, I don’t have a lot of media around me. We all do it with my team and the people who believe in me. It’s a family business, in a way for us.
“So maybe that’s why it was so emotional for all of us, because in a way so many people told us it’s not going to happen, or doubted us, or tried to cheat us. But we always pushed through, and the guys always stayed with me for so many moments, especially [my coach] Izo [Zunic].”