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“Sabolenka should be afraid of Mirra, she has nothing to lose.” Andreeva goes to the “RG” semifinals

Date: July 14, 2024 Time: 13:10:08

The youngest Roland Garros quarterfinalist since 2005 against the two-time TBS champion. The signage is impressive and the match is one of the most anticipated at this point. This is because the 17-year-old Russian is not her favorite and the Paris stands will support her. Arina needs to face the pressure again.

At the official level, the second in the world Sabalenka and the 38th Andreeva faced each other twice; Both matches in Madrid were for the Belarusian: in the fourth round in 2023 (6-3, 6-1) and in the quarterfinals of this season. 6:1, 6:4. The Russian won only nine games, but the main thing for her was that she gave up the initiative, did not break the rhythm, was slower and less aggressive. But she also impressed her competitor.

“An incredible tennis player. When I was 16, I went crazy and hit targets off the court instead of on it. And she is at a very high level. I played with her in Madrid. She is an excellent tennis player and she fights for every point. Very soon she will definitely become one of the best. I am very impressed with her game and what she does for women’s tennis. This is great”.

Mirra Andreeva

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Then a completely inexperienced girl played almost in the first WTA tournament against one of the leaders of the circuit. This season the balance of power is a little different: more confidence and game practice, support and Conchita Martínez in boxing. During this time, Mirra beat Victoria Azarenka, Ons Jabeur, Lyudmila Samsonova, Barbora Krejcikova twice, and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. And I’m quite optimistic.

“I know exactly what to expect from her. I know she has changed her game, which is now getting shorter too. It doesn’t always simply shock, she adds something new. But of course she also knows how I play. I want to win even more games than last time. I want revenge, win another game here. I don’t see it as something that was supposed to happen. I am always very happy with every victory: the first round, the fourth, the quarterfinals. I can’t say that I didn’t expect it, that’s why I train and work: to win games like this, to advance further. On the other hand, maybe I wasn’t expecting it. But it happened, so why not,” Mirra shared at a press conference.

The only Russian in the quarterfinals is worried, but she doesn’t have much pressure. “There is a little pressure. I saw how the boys played. When Elina took the first set, she thought, “Wow, this is great.” However, Paolini apparently crushed her with the experience. Yes, I am the last one left, there is a pressure, she is always there,” Andreeva said.

Arina Sabalenko

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On the way to the quarterfinals, Mirra beat Emina Bektas, Victoria Azarenka, Python Stearns, who took the title against RG, and Varvara Grachev; she only dropped one set for the tournament. Sabalenka’s path is much simpler: she outplayed Eric Andreev, Moyuk Uchizhima, Paulo Bados and Emma Navaro, giving up 18 games.

“I am very happy with the level I played today and with this victory. Mirra is a very strong player, even though she is very young. “I am very happy with everything here and I hope to continue achieving victory in the tournament,” Sabalenka said after the match.

“There is always a chance to win, but Sabalenka is now on the move, second in the world. Sabalenka plays even harder. Due to the fact that Mirra is a growing young athlete, Sabalenka will naturally have an advantage. But if Mirra manages to start a match, Sabalenka’s nerves may interfere. If a fight occurs, Sabalenka will not play fair and there will be a marriage. In this case Sabalenko should be more afraid of Mirra, because Mirra has nothing to lose and she will play bravely,” suggested FTR President Shamil Tarpishchev.

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