16-Year-Old Andreeva Sets Up Anticipated Rybakina Clash At China Open

16-Year-Old Andreeva Sets Up Anticipated Rybakina Clash At China Open

by Evita Mueller

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Tennis phenom Mirra Andreeva keeps adding wins to her tally as she easily outplayed her compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the 2023 China Open.

The 16-year-old was slightly favoured coming into the match, but certainly didn't expect it to come so easily. There was an obvious matchup problem for Pavlyuchenkova here, especially after the teenager smashed Barbora Krejcikova in the previous round.

The Russian and the Czech play somewhat similarly because they both like to attack and play aggressively but are quite prone to missing a lot of balls, which is what happened to both. Andreeva is really good at putting you in uncomfortable positions on the court, aiding the propensity to commit mistakes, and it's worked super well so far.

The opening set was a really interesting one because, judging by the result, you'd say that Andreeva crushed her opponent, and she kind of did, but not really. She was just incredibly precise, winning every single crucial rally. She saved both break points she faced while converting her chances on return, resulting in a 6-2 score line.

Pavlyuchenkova wasn't that bad, but she lost every crucial rally, and that's what happens when you do. Things didn't improve in the second set as, in many ways, they got even worse for the veteran. She dropped her serve early and then dropped it once more to give Andreeva a 4-1 lead.

The final score was 6-2 6-1 for Andreeva which is just amazing. Some of these scores are pretty hard to comprehend but she's a 16-year old tennis phenom who will make her Top 50 debut after this event.

Up next is her toughest challenge yet as she will face Elena Rybakina who is playing amazing tennis right now. Now that would be a major upset if she manages to pull it off. We'll see tomorrow.


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