Wimbledon 2023 on BBC
Location: All England Club, Dates: July 3-16
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Mirra Andreeva, at just 16, may come across as a typical teenager. To illustrate, she unabashedly declares her bedroom to be an utter chaos.
Yet, on the tennis court, she embodies a discipline and skill that most teenagers can only aspire to.
This Sunday saw Andreeva securing a place in Wimbledon’s fourth round, remarkably her first time playing on a grass court since she arrived for the qualifiers at SW19.
Her journey thus far has underscored why she is seen as one of the most promising talents in the world of tennis. Fellow Russian and top male player, Daniil Medvedev, has praised her remarkable progress as “exceptional.”
The 2021 US Open champion noted, “Being able to play good tennis is one thing. But it’s quite another to consistently win matches and make a deep run.”
The All England Club is now abuzz with excitement surrounding the young talent.
Despite her youth, Andreeva isn’t afraid to aim high. Last month, she expressed her ambition to secure 25 Grand Slam titles at the French Open. However, she is currently focused on a more pragmatic goal.
Upon defeating the 22nd seed Anastasia Potapova, she was queried about possibly following in the footsteps of Britain’s Emma Raducanu as a teenage Grand Slam champion emerging from qualifying.
“I’m avoiding thinking about that. I feel that such thoughts could distract me,” said the world’s number 102, who will face American 25th seed Madison Keys in the last 16.
Andreeva added, “I simply concentrate on each match, disregarding how far I’ve come, the round I’m playing, or my opponent. I just play my game. I maintain my mental and physical approach and play to the best of my ability.”
Even as she dismisses parallels to Raducanu, Andreeva does admit to being inspired by another British player, Andy Murray, a seasoned major title winner. Her admiration for Murray is such that she found herself “too shy to talk” when they crossed paths at Wimbledon.
In the past, after an exchange of text messages, Andreeva confessed to considering Murray an “inspiring” and “wonderful” person. She has credited one of his texts for fuelling her motivation to win her first Grand Slam match at the French Open last month.
Despite her progression to the third round at Roland Garros where she was eventually defeated by Coco Gauff, another teenage prodigy who reached the Wimbledon fourth round at 15, Andreeva used this experience to better understand herself.
She reflected, “After Paris, I spent a considerable amount of time in self-contemplation. I understood some things and made choices that I believe are now critical for me.”
When pressed on what she had learned, Andreeva noted, “Everything, ranging from on-court decision making to mental resilience.”
As a typical teenager, Andreeva occasionally exhibits fits of temper, spends her downtime watching TV, and despises chemistry while navigating schoolwork along with her tennis career.
Her momentary outbursts during the game against Gauff at Paris, or her self-directed frustration at Wimbledon, are reminders of her youthful exuberance. Off the court, she balances her schoolwork with relaxation, often preferring solitary activities depending on her mood.
“But most of the time, if I’m honest, I watch Netflix,” she adds with a smile.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mirra Andreeva Wimbledon 2023
Who is Mirra Andreeva?
Mirra Andreeva is a 16-year-old Russian tennis player who is considered one of the most promising talents in the sport. In Wimbledon 2023, she advanced to the fourth round.
What is her world ranking?
As of the Wimbledon 2023 tournament, Mirra Andreeva is ranked 102 in the world.
Who did Mirra Andreeva defeat in Wimbledon 2023 to get into the fourth round?
Mirra Andreeva defeated 22nd seed Anastasia Potapova to secure her place in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2023.
Who is she going to play against in the last 16?
In the last 16 of Wimbledon 2023, Mirra Andreeva is set to play against the American 25th seed, Madison Keys.
Who are some of the key figures who inspired Mirra Andreeva?
Mirra Andreeva has mentioned drawing inspiration from British player Andy Murray, a seasoned major title winner.