World No. 143 Mirra Andreeva continues to soar this season following her latest feat. After winning her qualifier rounds, the 16-year-old Russian qualified for the 2023 French Open‘s main-draw. Her happiness of reaching the main-draw was short-lived as she was pitted against American veteran Alison Riske.
Riske’s experience was to be a big challenge but Andreeva wrapped up the match 6-2, 6-1 in just 56 minutes. In the process, she became the second player aged less than 17 to win a Roland Garros match conceding less than 4 games. The 16-year-old is now 21-2 across all competitions this season and is certainly making a name for herself.
Playing on the small Court-10 at the Stade Roland Garros, the newcomer had no shortage of fans. Fans, irrespective of nationality and age group, were in big numbers to watch the Russian wunderkind. Following the dismissal of Riske, Andreeva was seen caught in the crowd as she posed for pictures and gave out autographs.
The teen then went on to give a special gift to a fan from her kitbag before resuming her photo and autograph duty. While the exact item was not caught on camera, it certainly made the spectator happy to receive the souvenir. It also showed how compassionate Andreeva was towards the fan for taking the time despite recording a maiden win at the French Open.
Mirra Andreeva to take on Diane Parry in the second round
After the thumping victory over Alison Riske, Mirra Andreeva will now be taking on local girl Diane Parry. The Frenchwoman moves into the second round with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Anhelina Kalinina. The 20-year-old had stunned defending champion Barbora Krejcikova in the first round last year as well.
The two youngsters, separated by four years between them, will be looking to make the best of the draw to make a deep run. Parry has already broken into the Top-100 almost breaching the Top-50 as well. It will be a good battle between the two youngsters with the match expected to be an entertaining affair for the fans as well.
It was a clinical display by Andreeva which included 20 winners, 100% net points won and only 4 forced errors as compared to Riske’s 7 winners, 50% net points won, and 20 forced errors. With her performances only bringing in more fans for her, it could be a long and interesting fortnight for the Russian teen.
Sarthak Shitole is a tennis writer at FirstSportz having curated more than 2900 articles in two years. He's been following the sport for more than a decade and over the years, has developed a neutral perspective on the sport while having an unbiased liking to a lot of players for their playing style. His interest extends to other games as well with a fascination to know about the sports' history and statistics as well.
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