Madrid tournament records Andreeva’s historic descent

Russian youth Mira Andreeva made history in a thousand tennis tournaments on Wednesday during her participation in the Madrid tournament by defeating Canada’s 2021 Flushing Meadows runner-up Layla Fernandez.

The Russian won 6-3, 6-4 and advanced to the second round of the tournament.

Andreeva, a wild card player playing in a neutral position, became the third 15-year-old player to advance to the second round of the 1000 tournament, after Americans Katherine Bellis in 2015 and Coco Gauff in 2019, both of whom have done so. at a tournament in Miami.

The player put up huge resistance in World No. 49 Fernandez as she saved 5 of the 6 break opportunities the Canadian got on her way to becoming the second player only 15 years old to win these tournaments. over one of the first 50 club players in the WTA classification, after Pelis, who defeated Kazakh Zarina Diaz in 2015, when the latter was ranked 32nd in the world rankings.

World No. 194 Andreeva, who turns 16 next Saturday, will face Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round on Thursday.

Andreeva is considered the youngest player currently among the top 300 seeds, and recently made her way into the top 200 club for the first time in her career.

This is the second time Andreeva has qualified for the main draw of a WTA tournament since the Tunisian tournament in Monastir last October when she was eliminated by compatriot Anastasia Potapova.

Of Wednesday’s other results, the most notable is Egypt’s Mayar Sheriff, who missed the first round of one of the 1,000 tournaments for the second time in her career, taking advantage of Italy’s Camila Giorgi’s withdrawal early in the decisive third set.

Source: “Wakalat”

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