Mirra Andreeva

16-year-old Mirra Andreeva upsets sixth seed Ons Jabeur at Australian Open

Impressive 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva delivered a stunning performance at the Australian Open, overpowering sixth seed Ons Jabeur in a swift victory that lasted just 54 minutes. In her debut appearance at Melbourne Park, the Russian talent showcased electrifying tennis, securing a decisive 6-0, 6-2 win on Rod Laver Arena.

Ranked 47th, Andreeva achieved her first victory over a top-10 player, making a name for herself after a notable fourth-round appearance at Wimbledon last year as a qualifier. Expressing pre-match nerves due to her admiration for Jabeur, Andreeva reflected on her unexpected excellence in the first set, describing it as “amazing tennis.”

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Having played on the center court last year in the girls’ final, Andreeva noted her increased maturity and transformation over the past year. The first set unfolded as a 20-minute domination, with Jabeur struggling to find her rhythm and winning only eight points across six games.

Jabeur’s serve faltered, managing to win only 38 percent of first-serve points and a mere 13 percent on the second serve. While the Tunisian player celebrated a breakthrough by holding serve in the second set’s opening game, Andreeva continued her relentless performance, breaking again to secure a commanding lead.

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Andreeva, whose Grand Slam journey began at the French Open last year, progressed to the third round after qualifying and later impressed at Wimbledon. Her US Open campaign saw a second-round exit against eventual champion Coco Gauff. Before her remarkable Australian Open feat, she reached her first WTA Tour quarter-final at the Brisbane International, further solidifying her promising career.

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The victory against Jabeur marks a significant milestone for Andreeva, showcasing her exceptional talent and setting the stage for further accomplishments on the professional tennis circuit.

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