'Upset' 16-Year-Old Talent Andreeva 'Takes Only Positives' From Madrid Run

'Upset' 16-Year-Old Talent Andreeva 'Takes Only Positives' From Madrid Run

by Evita Mueller

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Mirra Andreeva is the name that was discussed by everyone over the past week at the 2023 Madrid Open, but now her journey ended.

In the fourth round of the tournament, the 16-year-old talent lost to the second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka, but it came after three victories against experienced opponents that she probably never expected to beat so early in her career.

Despite not being happy about her exit and especially the last match that she played at the WTA 1000 event in Madrid, the youngster knows that this is the moment that she will remember forever and so do also her fellow colleagues.

After the match, it was obvious that despite Andreeva's young age, Sabalenka was approaching her like any other player and she was fully aware of her qualities as she admitted that she had to focus on herself and not her opponent.

"I’m super happy with this win, especially against a young player. I was focusing on myself more than on her. I was just fighting for every point, and that makes the difference."

Despite losing, Andreeva can remember the 2023 Madrid Open as a breakthrough tournament for her and there is a lot to take from it. Certainly, many more positives if even some negatives and the teenager knows that.

"It’s been a positive week for me and I can take only positives from this week. Of course, I’m a little bit upset because in the beginning it was close and I had a lot of game points and break points so if I could, let’s say, realise them then the score could be 6-2 in the first."

Similarly to her opponent, the teenager also showed respect to her qualities and congratulated her on a victory.

"But I didn’t, she played really well, she’s playing aggressive tennis. She certainly did a good job today, so congrats to her. I think it’s her birthday today, so it’s a good present for her."


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