Mission number 1: accomplished
"Reaching number 1 felt like climbing a mountain. It's a great feeling to finally be on the top."
It was the long journey for Swedish junior Miranda Frost ever since she won her first Championships title in 2011. Xhaka Saikikimbondwe had a 3900 points lead to the Swede and with winning her fourth Grand Slam trophy in a row looked like totally untouchable in the ranking. In 2012 Miranda was a regular guest in finals where the meeting with her doubles partner became a season classic. Despite winning 12 titles and reaching 2 Grand Slam finals mission number 1 couldn't be accomplished in 2012. Would it ever be accomplished?
- as we knew the world would end on 21st December 2012 as the Maya calendary teached us.
Somehow the world didn't end though. At the Australian Open 2013 Xhaka enters her final junior tournament with a 800 points lead to Miranda, the first one has a title to defend, the second one a quarterfinal. The Swede sees the cross on the 7000 meter
summit already but the last meters are rocky, with Tomic and Middleton two adversors are awaiting she lost against to recently. The tennis gods are crual. They make the 17 year old play some tiebreaks to prove her mental toughness. Miranda remains fearless and makes the last important step with a three set victory over local star Saville which enables her to reach the glamourous number 1 position in singles as in doubles. She raises her arms in the air and breathes the fresh air of the summit. Finally the reward for the efforts of the last months.
"Swedish tennis is booming right now. We have already written tennis history as on Mondays ranking there will be a Swedish player on top of senior and junior rankings. It makes me proud to have contributed to this. But the mission isn't over - it's time to confirm it with the first ever Grand Slam singles title for a Swede."
In 2012 Miranda has already had two big chances to win her first Grand Slam. But the nerves got to her at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Neither Siri Cornetsson (Wimbledon 2008) nor Alina Patersson (Wimbledon 2012 and US Open 2012) could prove the cliché wrong that Swedes are bridesmaids.
"I am very focused on my next match against Manon Arcangioli. I'm now the new number 1 which is even more motivation for me to win this final on Sunday."
Whereas in doubles Miranda lost with Xhaka in the doubles final of the Australian Open missing to repeat what they did at Roland Garros for the first time ever she was playing mixed doubles partnering Daniel Appelgren. Swedish tabloids seem to have found the solution about this sudden love for mixed doubles: Miranda was seen hugging Siri's brother and mixed doubles partner Göran on the practice courts. Is there some love affair going on between the 17 year old and the 27 year old married man?
"No way. He was just giving me some tipps for mixed doubles."
Siri hasn't commented yet on this but all we know the "tipps" seem to have worked as Frost/Appelgren won the mixed Grand Slam.