16-Year-Old Prodigy Andreeva Surprisingly Eliminated In Fourth Round Of Australian Open

16-Year-Old Prodigy Andreeva Surprisingly Eliminated In Fourth Round Of Australian Open

by Erik Virostko

Mirra Andreeva is an incredible talent, and she wanted to prove it at the 2024 Australian Open, but she was eliminated by Barbora Krejcikova.

The 16-year-old is without a doubt the biggest 16-year-old talent on the WTA Tour at the moment, and after showing it at Wimbledon last year, she reached the fourth round also at the Australian Open this year.

However, the young Russian aimed much higher than that, but she faced the ninth-seeded Barbora Krejcikova, and as crazy as that sounds, she was clearly the favourite in their match.

The 16-year-old bested Krejcikova twice before, and it was a dominant win each time, and her results in Melbourne also put her into a position, where she was favoured despite playing a much higher-ranked opponent.

However, Andreeva's ranking also doesn't correspond to her true qualities, since, as a 16-year-old, she can't enter the same number of tournaments as her much older opponents due to WTA's rules.

But Grand Slams seem to be enough for her to show her true talent and potential, and she did so again in the first set of the match against the Czech player, breaking her three times, while losing her own serve only twice, winning the opening set 6-4.

But the rest of the match proved to be more challenging for the teenager. Krejcikova increased the intensity in the second set, and after breaking the Russian's serve twice again, she was able to win the set 6-3, as she lost her own serve only once this time.

Andreeva clearly couldn't keep pace with her opponent, as she struggled a lot in the third set, and the result was Krejcikova's three-set loss, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, which set her up for a quarterfinal clash with Aryna Sabalenka, who is yet to lose a set.

Mirra Andreeva vs Barbora Krejcikova Match Stats:

Mirra Andreeva Barbora Krejcikova
3 Aces 1
5 Double Faults 6
68% First Serve % 63%
57% (31/54) Points Won After First Serve % 64% (35/55)
36% (9/25) Points Won After Second Serve % 56% (18/32)
44% (4/9) Break Point Conversion 55% (6/11)
19 Winners 32
34 Unforced Errors 39


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