Mirra Andreeva is a Russian professional tennis player who at the age of 15 rose to prominence after a run to the Last 16 on her main tour debut at the Madrid Open. She has since reached the latter stages at both Wimbledon and Roland Garros.
Name: Mirra Andreeva
Born: 4 April 2007
Turned Pro: 2022
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At the age of 15, Andreeva made her WTA Main Tour debut losing out to Anastasia Potapova 3-6, 7-6, 3-6 against her compatriot after receiving a wildcard for the singles tournament Jasmin Open in Monastir.
But unlike Coco Gauff for instance, the fan fare wasn't immediately there for Andreeva who relocated from a young age to Cannes in France to pursue tennis. She reached the final of Junior Australian Open losing to doubles partner, Alina Korneeva.
But it was Andreeva out of that duo who starred going into the 2023 season albeit it took until clay for this to happen.
She received a wildcard for the Madrid Open ranked 194, a WTA 1000 and a daunting prospect for most, she took it in her stride.
Winning her first main draw match in the WTA against Leylah Fernandez, she went onto beat Beatriz Haddad Maia, Magda Linette before losing out and her dream run concluded by Aryna Sabalenka.
She would not play Rome with ITF tournaments weeks prior to her Madrid run meaning she would take a break, but she went on to qualify for the French Open seeing off Alison Riske, Diane Parry before being beaten fairly easily in the end by Coco Gauff.
Never playing grass due to her formative years and little junior pedigree, she was made to qualify for Wimbledon with no wildcard forthcoming likely due to her Russian nationality.
But again, she showed a touch way beyond her years reaching the main draw and winning six grass court matches in a row against Wang Xiyu, Barbora Krejcikova and finally Anastasia Potapova after a trio of qualifying wins.
She reached the Last 16 of a Main Draw Grand Slam for the first time in her fledgling career and has gained great acclaim for her personality off court as well as her superb style on it.
This included superb interviews at the Madrid Open where she called Andy Murray 'beautiful' as well as Coco Gauff with the former saying she needed her eyes tested. At Wimbledon, she finally met the former World No.1 but said she was too shy to speak to him.
Andreeva though will not be pushed too quickly with rules stating that she cannot play as many tournaments as she perhaps would like to but is certainly a star in the making.
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