That’s the debut! 16-year-old Andreeva managed to squeeze racket number 139 in the world at the start of the US Open
Kirill Veyovich Aug 29, 2023 04:56 UTC Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
In New York, the young Russian scored a decided victory over a little-known rival. For Mirra, this is the first American college course for adults.
On Monday, August 28, the US Open began, the last Grand Slam tournament of the season. Russian fans were looking forward to the match of one of the main hopes in the competitive women’s category: 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva first reached the Major directly by rating and began her debut duel at the US Open without the major. status. adversary. In rivals, the young star got racket number 139 in the world, the representative of Australia, Olivia Gadeki, who reached the base of the tournament through qualifying.
The current US Open has become for Mirra the third tournament for adults in the Grand Slam series. Her debut took place at Roland Garros. Andreeva then became the youngest tennis player since 1995 to qualify at the French Open. In the third round, Mirra lost to world No. 6 Corey Gauff (7:6, 1:6, 1:6), who recently won the women’s thousand in Cincinnati.
Andreeva is the main hope of Russian tennis. But it’s time for Mirra to beat the stars.
Despite her young age, Andreeva has already established herself on the adult circuit. Access to the fourth round of Wimbledon allowed the athlete to climb into the top 70 of the WTA ranking. After the grass court major, the 2023 Australian Open junior finalist played just two tournaments. She at the Lausanne clay tournament she reached the round of 16, where she lost sensationally to the Hungarian Anna Bondar. Then Mirra went to the tough competitions in Cleveland, which take place on the eve of the US Open. True, Andreeva failed to show a good result at this tournament – the 63rd racket in the world sheathed her racket in her second match, losing to the owner of the courts, Sloane Stevens.
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At the start of her first US Open for adults, the young Russian had the chance to meet little-known Australian Gadeki. The girls had never played with each other before. At the same time, an amazing fact was the following circumstance: this season, Olivia met with Mirra’s sister, Erika Andreeva. She succeeded in the second qualifying round of Roland Garros. In that match it was Andreeva Sr. who celebrated the victory in three sets. On the eve of the Battle of Myrrha in New York, a reasonable question arose: could she repeat the success of her sister?
It is worth noting that the athletes’ match was moved to the 8th court due to protracted matches on the 15th court. The debut journalistic showdown clearly began under Olivia’s dictation. If the initial game took it with difficulty, allowing some doubles, the Australian easily broke 2-0. The world number 139 racket was literally unstoppable: she was active on the reception, sometimes not allowing her opponent to even leave the serve phase. On the contrary, Mirra was literally unsuccessful on the court, because she simply couldn’t cope with her opponent’s strong attacks. In the end, after 19 minutes of the match, Andreeva went on with a score of 0-5, winning only one point on her serve during this time. However, the Russian was still able to take the prestige game in the opening game, not allowing her opponent to hang up the “shuttle”. Mirra failed to dominate the set: Gadeki easily outclassed him 6-1.
After a mistake in the first half of the game, the young talent decided to leave the court to get some air and tune in to continue the fight in the future. At first, however, this did not pay off for racket number 63 in the world: the Russian allowed herself to be broken early in the second game, even though she led 40-15 on her serve. The Australian did not even think to relax and give her rival the slightest chance of a comeback: 2-0. But Olivia, fortunately for the Russian fans, did not manage to maintain concentration and attention for so long. She allowed herself to make several mistakes, and as a result, Andreeva first evened the numbers on the scoreboard, and then went completely ahead 3-2. Naturally, Mirra was not going to stop there: after her opponent’s misses, she took the third game in a row (although it must be said that another double error by Gadeka helped the Russian on the third break point), and held her serve. – 5:2. The racket number 63 in the world managed to close the game in the ninth game of the second set by 6:3.
The start of the third installment resulted in a different scenario. The girls traded breaks, but Olivia was unable to hold her second game of the set. Mirra went ahead 2-1 and then managed to survive in the most difficult game, setting up several break points for 3-1. The girls then took their serves, not allowing themselves to break serve. As a result, taken by someone else’s submission in the middle of the set, Andreeva was enough for the final victory. 1: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4 – with such a score, the young Russian left the fight for you, having won the first victory of her career at the US Open.
Next, Mirra will play the winner of the showdown Laura Siegemund (Germany) – Corey Gauff (USA).