Melbourne, January 17, 2024 – In a dazzling display of skill and composure, 16-year-old Russian tennis prodigy Mirra Andreeva delivered a breathtaking performance at the Australian Open, dismantling the sixth-seeded Ons Jabeur in a swift 54-minute encounter on Rod Laver Arena.
Playing in her first main draw at Melbourne Park, Andreeva showcased her immense potential by securing a resounding 6-0, 6-2 victory over the three-time Grand Slam runner-up. The win marks Andreeva’s first triumph against a top-10 player, signaling her ascent in the competitive world of professional tennis.
Reflecting on her nerves before the match, Andreeva shared,
“I was really nervous before the match, but I saw that she was nervous too. It kind of helped me because I know I’m not the only one who is nervous before the match. I decided to just enjoy, because it’s Rod Laver Arena, I’m playing against the person that I like. I decided just to play, and I think I played OK.”
This victory comes on the heels of Andreeva’s impressive run at Wimbledon last year, where she reached the fourth round as a qualifier. The Russian teenager, currently ranked 47th in the world, had previously faced disappointment at Melbourne’s center court in the girls’ final but channeled that setback into motivation against Jabeur.
“I feel like I’m a bit more mature.”
You’re only 16.
“Well, last year I was 15” 😂
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 17, 2024
“I was super upset last time, so when I saw that I play on Rod Laver, I said that this time I have to take my chance and I have to win on the big court for the first time, and so I did,” Andreeva remarked.
Andreeva, who juggles her burgeoning tennis career with school commitments, expressed her dedication to both pursuits. Making her Grand Slam debut at the French Open last year and later competing at the US Open, she continues to chase her dream of a successful tennis career while navigating the challenges of academics.
With this emphatic victory, Mirra Andreeva advances to the third round of the Australian Open, setting the stage for a potential showdown with either compatriot Kamilla Rakhimova or French player Diane Parry. As the tennis world watches her meteoric rise, Andreeva stands as a formidable force and a promising figure in the future of women’s tennis.