16-Year-Old Prodigy Mirra Andreeva Starts 2023 Roland Garros Qualifying With A Bang

16-Year-Old Prodigy Mirra Andreeva Starts 2023 Roland Garros Qualifying With A Bang

by Kadir Macar

Mirra Andreeva became the first player to win a qualifying match at the 2023 Roland Garros as she looks to enter the main draw for the first time in her career.

Over the past few weeks, no name shone brighter than Mirra Andreeva on the WTA Tour. The teenager entered the 2023 Madrid Open draw as a 15-year-old and caused some big upsets. She then turned 16 during the tournament but kept on winning regardless.

Her journey was stopped only by the eventual champion Aryna Sabalenka, but the young Russian learned a lot in the Spanish capital. After what can be considered a successful event, she played a lower-tier WTA event in Paris, where she lost in the second round to Kamila Rakhimova.

But it wasn't a very important event for Andreeva as she looked to accustom to playing conditions in the French capital, before she enters the 2023 Roland Garros qualifying. She did that with a match against fellow compatriot, Polina Kudermetova.

Kudermetova is also a talented Russian teenager, seeded 31st on the Parisian clay. But seeding doesn't mean much in the match and Andreeva showed it. The 16-year-old was superb in the first set, breaking her opponent twice while dominating on her serve.

Thanks to that and 66% success rate on break points, she won the first set 6-1. The second set included many more breaks, with both players breaking for a total of seven times.

Yet, Andreeva got the important one extra break and thanks to that, she was able to win the match 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the second round of the 2023 Roland Garros qualifying. Up next, she will meet Emiliana Arango from Colombia.


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