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Myrrh is flint! The young Russian showed character and did not allow Sabalenka to go bankrupt.

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 05:13:18

Mirra Andreeva, 17 years old, obtained the main victory of her life, managing to eliminate the second racket in the world, the Belarusian Arina Sabalenka, in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros, 5:7, 6:4, 6:4. Thanks to this success, Mirra reached the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career and achieved a series of interesting achievements. This victory was a great feeling, because Sabalenka was the clear favorite of the match.

The 26-year-old Belarusian started the season with a victory at the Australian Open and demonstrated an excellent level of tennis in Melbourne. There he achieved seven consecutive victories, without losing a single set in the entire tournament. Sabalenka was in similar form in Paris, beginning his performance in the French capital with four straight-set wins. Thus, before the start of the match with Andreeva, he had a phenomenal streak of 22 won sets on TBS.

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But from the middle of the first set it was clear that this was not Sabalenka’s day. The Belarusian was in a frankly disorganized state and with all her appearance it showed that she was physically ill. Arina called a doctor to the court several times during the match, but she never took a full medical timeout. She was simply given pills, she took them and then she continued participating in the match.

Arina Sabalenko

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Despite the obvious poor conditions, the Belarusian champion won the first set in a tiebreaker. The enormous experience of big games helped, which Mirra, in turn, so lacked. On several occasions the young Russian made wrong tactical decisions, without being able to take advantage of her opponent’s problems at that moment.

But the further the match progressed, the more and more Mirra found the necessary tactical options, which again and again baffled Sabalenka. Arina made a large number of mistakes in movement, did not always run after shortened ones, and in general made a notable bet on completing rallies as quickly as possible. For Mirra it was vitally important to extend the match until it became a prolonged marathon and avoid a quick defeat.

At the beginning of the second set, Andreeva lost her serve, but showed character and instantly made a reverse break. After a few games she took a 4-2 lead, then immediately lost serve again, but again did not break the break, but continued the tenacious battle. In the tenth game, Mirra broke the Belarusian’s serve and took the set.

Arina continued to suffer openly on the court and, in the current situation, the Russian did not have to look at her opponent, but rather continue to think exclusively about her game. We have seen many cases, even in men’s tennis, where the great champion Novak Djokovic himself showed how bad he was and then transformed like a phoenix and heroically won in five sets. Taylor Fritz is certainly willing to subscribe to these words. And Francisco Cerundolo probably now has big questions about how he managed to lose the fourth-round match against Novak in Paris, given the injury the Serbian finished the match with.

Mirra Andreeva

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Sabalenka played clearly better in the third set than in the second game. Arina noticeably increased the level of his game, although she was still very far from the best examples of him, and here Mirra again had to resist and stay in the game. Halfway through the game she lost her serve and started losing 2:3. It seemed that now Arina, with her enormous championship experience, could extend the ending, but Mirra held on to her opponent and did not allow her to take advantage of his success.

An instant reverse break and then a repeat of the second set scenario with another custom break in the tenth game. Yes, Sabalenka was sick, she had obvious stomach problems, but this in no way nullifies the heroism of Mirra, who knew how to stay focused on her game and did not wait for her opponent to retire or for the moment when she herself left the game.

“It was clear that Aryna Sabalenka was very worried about something today and was having a very hard time on the court. But this does not take anything away from the success of Mirra Andreeva, who contained the attack at the beginning of the game and withstood the pressure when it became clear that victory was close,” assessed Alexey Selivanenko, vice president of the FTR. The victory of Mirra.

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“I just watch the game and play the way I want. I don’t even have a plan (laughs). When I see an open space on the court, I try to play there. Or, if I think she’s going to run there, I try to throw the ball behind her back. My coach and I had a plan for today, but I don’t remember anything! I tried to play how I felt.

I need Conchita Martínez. She supports me a lot. Sometimes I can still remember something. Having her with me gives me an incredible advantage. I am very glad that she still works with me,” Andreeva commented happily about the victory.

In tomorrow’s semi-final, 17-year-old Mirra will compete with another heroine of Wednesday: the Italian Yasmin Paolini, who today also sensationally broke the resistance of the representative of Kazakhstan Elena Rybakina. It is worth noting that Yasmin, along with her compatriot Sara Errani, also reached the semi-finals in doubles.

Thus, on Thursday Yasmin and Mirra could have faced each other twice, because the Russian herself also played doubles in Paris and today she had to play another quarterfinal, but after defeating Sabalenko, Mirra and Vera Zvonareva refused to take the court. . An absolutely logical and correct decision.

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