Teen tennis prodigy Mirra Andreeva stuns idol Jabeur at Australian Open

Posted : 17 January 2024

In a stunning upset at the Australian Open, 16-year-old tennis sensation Mirra Andreeva expressed that defeating her idol, Ons Jabeur, was "probably" the highlight of her burgeoning career. The 47th-ranked Russian showcased her remarkable talent by dismantling Jabeur in a convincing 6-0, 6-2 second-round victory that lasted just 54 minutes. Andreeva, who had dreamed of facing Jabeur due to her admiration for the player's style, emphasized the significance of winning the match, marking a pivotal moment in her young career.

 

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki faced a disappointing exit from the Melbourne Grand Slam, surrendering a lead against Russian qualifier Maria Timofeeva. The 20-year-old Timofeeva, ranked 170th, secured a memorable victory with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 comeback, leaving Wozniacki's return to major events in the balance. Timofeeva, in her first main-draw match at a Grand Slam, expressed being "speechless" after defeating the 2018 champion, highlighting the unexpected joy and accomplishment of the moment.

 

Meanwhile, US Open champion Coco Gauff advanced to the third round with a solid 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 win over compatriot Caroline Dolehide. The victories of Andreeva and Timofeeva unfolded indoors on the main show courts due to heavy rain in Melbourne, causing a delay of more than four hours in the start of play on the outside courts.

 

Mirra Andreeva, a standout among the emerging generation of talented young players, has consistently defied expectations since her debut last year. Despite age restrictions limiting her participation in WTA tournaments, Andreeva has displayed remarkable fearlessness on the Grand Slam stage.

 

With a history of making headlines, including reaching the last 16 at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, Andreeva recorded her first top-10 win against Jabeur. She expressed her joy at the exceptional level of play in what she considers "probably the best match" of her career, setting the stage for her next challenge against France's Diane Parry.

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