There are not many more talented players on the WTA Tour right now than Mirra Andreeva. The 16-year-old tennis phenom keeps proving every day that she may be the next thing, and it was no different in qualifying for the 2023 China Open, the last WTA 1000 tournament on the calendar.
In the first round of the qualifying, the teenager took on Kimberly Birrell and cruised through the match, and in the second round of the qualifying, also the final round, Andreeva played against fellow compatriot Anna Kalinskaya.
Kalinskaya has struggled with her form recently, and that's why it presented a great opportunity for the 16-year-old to advance. In the first set of the match, Andreeva was super efficient, almost incredibly.
She lost only two points on her serve in the entire set, hitting 71% of her first serves in. On top of that, Andreeva used three of her four break point chances, and all of that resulted in a dominant performance and a 6-0 win.
The second set saw the teenager's dominance continue. Despite giving Kalinskaya a chance to win a game, Andreeva then won eight consecutive points to build a 3-1 lead, when her opponent was forced to retire from the match.
Now, the 16-year-old will await to see who will be her first-round opponent in Beijing. It can be anyone from another qualifier, to the tenth-seeded Barbora Krejcikova, or another Grand Slam champion, Jelena Ostapenko.
Participation in the WTA 1000 tournament will also give Andreeva a chance to reach her new career high in the WTA Rankings, as she was previously ranked highest 57th, and a good showing in China can make her jump into the Top 50.