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Mirra Andreeva becomes second youngest female player to reach French Open quarterfinals since 2000

Published at :June 4, 2024 at 5:58 PM
Modified at :June 4, 2024 at 5:58 PM
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Shashank Tripathi

Mirra Andreeva defeated two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka in the second round of the French Open.

Russian prodigy Mirra Andreeva has become the second-youngest female tennis player to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open in the 21st century.

On Monday, Mirra Andreeva defeated France’s Varvara Gracheva in straight sets at Court Suzanne Lenglan to secure a spot in the quarterfinals of the French Open 2024. On her route to the last eight, Andreeva defeated Peyton Stearns, Victoria Azarenka, and Emina Bektas.

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In addition to that, she only dropped a set against former WTA World No. #1 Victoria Azarenka in the second round. The young Russian tennis star has been in great form, and she’ll be facing two-time Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals.

However, being 17 years and 27 days old, Mirra Andreeva has become the second youngest player in the 21st century to reach the last eight of the French Open. Former WTA World No. #35 Sesil Karatantcheva holds the record as she reached the French Open quarterfinals in 2005 when she was 15.

Last month, Mirra Andreeva also managed to reach the quarterfinals of the 2024 Madrid Open, where WTA World No. #2 Aryna Sabalenka eliminated her. Thus, the Russian prodigy will have a great chance to complete redemption over Sabalenka at the clay court Grand Slam.

However, Aryna Sabalenka is also in stellar form. She started her Roland Garros campaign with a win over Mirra Andreeva’s sister, Erika Andreeva. She later defeated Japan’s Moyuka Uchijima, Spain’s Paula Badosa, and the United States’ Emma Navarro to book a berth in the quarterfinals.

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In addition to that, the Belarusian tennis star is currently on an 11-match unbeaten streak in Grand Slams in 2024. Sabalenka has won all the matches in straight sets. Thus, the 26-year-old would be Mirra Andreeva’s biggest challenge in the competition yet.

Andreeva’s backhand has been her biggest strength in the competition, while Sabalenka’s ability to play shots down the line has helped her maintain a perfect record. Thus, the French Open quarter-final between the two tennis stars is expected to be a worthy contest.

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