Getting to know... Miranda Frost
A winter fairytale
It was 0:07 on 1st January 1996, one of these cold winter nights in the deepest Swedish winter, when the girl of Emma and Olle Frost saw the light of the day. They named her Miranda which means the Wonderful
in Latin. The mother was a famous Swedish figure skater before a stress fracture ended her career at the young age of 23 and the father is still active as a lawyer.
The young Miranda started playing tennis at the age of 7 but it was only in 2008 at the age of 12, when her father took her to the Wimbledon final between Cornetsson and Whitten, that she dreamed of becoming a professional tennis player. She joined a local tennis school in Stockholm and her promising talent was quickly discovered.
Despite only being 16 years old Miranda Frost is quickly turning into a glamour star. The teenager who is interested in fashion and design has been described as the best dressed junior player by the medias. The green eyed girl with the curly blonde hair has been entitled "Fairy Miranda" by Svenska Sportsblad
in one of there December editions. Recently she made a photoshooting which was entitled "A winter fairytale" and shot in studios in Malmö.
"It was great fun doing that photo shooting and it was also a good distraction from the every day tennis business. I am aware of how hard the model business can be and that's why I will just stay a part time model with a photoshoot from time to time. I am very interested in fashion and design too and it's one of my dreams to study it on a University."
Miranda Frost is following her high school courses in correspondance and is a very ambitious student.
"I know that it is very important to have a good education. My mother is a former figure skater and she chose to break up with school at the age of 16. When her career ended because of a stress fracture she didn't have a graduation. I don't want to be in the same situation one day."
Miranda Frost has developped into one the most promising juniors behind Xhaka Saikikimbondwe and Zaelly Ircha. She is currently ranked number 3 and has reached her 10th singles final last week in Monastir. However her mental toughness in these finals is far from good as she has only won 3 of them. She scored her biggest success by winning the Junior Championships last December.
"I definitely had the chances to win more titles, that's true. I am very consistent in making finals but then don't have the needed luck on my side. My coach still has to work on my stamina in these crucial matches. The Junior Championships were a big step forward for me and it helped me getting new sponsors."
The Swedish junior is also known for critizing the tough schedule: "The road map is really insane. You are supposed to play week in week out and often the big junior events are placed rather badly. I am injury prone and don't want to risk a major injury. That's why I need a break from time to time."
Miranda Frost's biggest weapon is her first serve which also gave senior players some trouble as recently to Cornelia Du Preez at the Australian Open where she didn't face any break points in her two tiebreak loss. At the doubles competition she and Xhaka caused the upset of the strong Fellivitch/Mesane and were 2 tiny points away from making the doubles quarterfinals.
"That was some amazing showdown from both of us. It's really unfortunate that we couldn't score the second win. I really hope that the offer from Xhaka of becoming a permanent doubles team on the juniors tour still stands."
In Doha Miranda Frost is using one of her six senior exempts to breath again a bit of the senior air. She seems to take these senior events really seriously and it does look like she wants to start on the senior tour one day.
"I don't need to hide the fact that I got some serious offers to play as a senior tour in one or two years. However for that to happen Siri needs to retire from the tour and only two weeks ago at the Fed Cup she revealed to me that she won't retire until she has won a singles Grand Slam and completed the doubles Grand Slam with partner Harper. I am respecting her decision but of course I can't await the day when I finally can compete on the senior tour."
In the meantime Miranda Frost is trying to win her first junior Grand Slam and work on her all around game. Her backhand is still a bit too error prone and she looks insecure at the net. She plans on playing doubles regularly from now on as her singles game will profit from it too. The season 2012 has started promising as she has reached 3 finals already.
The winter is Miranda's favourite season and she loves Christmas: "I am a typical Nordic girl, you know, who loves Christmas and snow. I don't like scorching heat at all as it gives me headaches quickly. When playing in hotter regions I also have to protect my skin from the sun."