16-Year-Old Phenom Andreeva Fails To Serve Out Set Twice And Loses In Indian Wells

16-Year-Old Phenom Andreeva Fails To Serve Out Set Twice And Loses In Indian Wells

by Zachary Wimer

Mirra Andreeva amazed the tennis world last year with her play, but she's yet to achieve a big result this year, losing early in Indian Wells.

Andreeva had a really tough job at the WTA 1000 tournament in Indian Wells: taking on a native player, Katie Volynets, who knows the courts very well and has played on them.

It was the first time Andreeva herself was on these courts, and there were some growing pains. Still, Volynets is not a player who should have given her too many problems, at least not at the level she had last year.

The American played a really solid match, relentlessly fighting in every rally, which ultimately proved the key. Andreeva wasn't bad by any means, but she didn't have the patience to close out the sets when she had the chance.

In the opening set, Andreeva threw away a break twice, failing to close out the set when serving 5-4. Ultimately, she lost the set 5-7, which is exactly what happened in the second set as well.

Andreeva was once more on top, taking an early 3-1 lead. She then lost it but broke her opponent once more for the 5-3 lead. She then had a 40-0 lead on Volynets's serve to close out the set but failed to do so. She couldn't convert four set points in that game.

Then she stepped up to try and serve out the second set, but just like in the first, she couldn't do it. Then she lost the next two games and the match as well.

She served for the opening set at 5-4 and served for the second set at 5-4 but failed to close it out both times. She would ultimately lose both sets 5-7, in what was just a very disjointed performance from the youngster.


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