Teenage Prodigy Andreeva Withdraws From Miami Open After A Tearful Indian Wells Exit

Teenage Prodigy Andreeva Withdraws From Miami Open After A Tearful Indian Wells Exit

by Nurein Ahmed

Mirra Andreeva's debut appearance at the Miami Open will have to wait for at least another year.

The 16-year-old sensation was participating in this year's Sunshine Swing for the first time, thanks to her incredible rise in the rankings since the start of 2023. Andreeva has been punching above her height and is part of the WTA's Top 50.

Although she made her WTA main draw debut in 2022, it was last season that she demonstrated her talent level, finishing as runner-up in the Australian Open junior's tournament. A few months later, Andreeva's cameo at the Madrid Open turned heads.

Having been granted a wild card, she impressed, notching a trio of high-quality wins over Leylah Fernandez, Beatriz Haddad Maia, and Magda Linette. During the European summer, Andreeva reached the third round of the French Open and the round of 16 at Wimbledon as a qualifier.

Those results helped establish her presence in the Top 100, which she never left. This year, on her return to Australia, she continued in a similarly rich vein of form. She was a quarterfinalist at the WTA 500 tournament in Brisbane and later advanced into the second week of the Australian Open.

Because of her age, Andreeva is limited to playing just 12 WTA events, which is why she did not play the full Middle East swing. But her form has taken a hit in recent weeks.

She has lost three matches in a row, including a tearful defeat to Katie Volynets in Indian Wells, in which she lost leads in both the first and second sets.

The young Russian has now pulled out from next week's Miami Open, reportedly due to a wrist injury. Her spot in the main draw will go to Italy's Camila Giorgi. This will also mean that Andreeva's return will be on clay courts, where she thrived last year.


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