Tennis news 2023, Russian teenager Mirra Andreeva beats Magda Linette at Madrid Open to reach round of 16



Russian teenager Mirra Andreeva found the perfect way to celebrate her 16th birthday by continuing her breakthrough at the Madrid Open with a straight-sets win over Magda Linette.

Andreeva raised her arms after winning a long rally that ended with her fourth time breaking Linette’s serve to secure the decisive point in her 6-3, 6-3 win.

Australian Open semi-finalist Linette has become the latest player to be upset by upstart Andreeva.

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Earlier this week, then 15-year-old Andreeva surprised 2021 US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez by becoming the third-youngest player to win a main draw match at a WTA 1000 tournament. chained beating Beatriz Haddad Maia, 14th.

His next challenge? None less than world No.2 Aryna Sabalenka in the round of 16.

“I didn’t expect to be here and play against Sabalenka in the round of 16,” said Andreeva.

“I’m not really surprised at my level, because I know how I can play on the pitch. But of course, I didn’t expect to be here and go this far.

In the men’s draw, second-seeded Daniil Medvedev advanced to the third round after beating qualifier Andrea Vavassori 6-4, 6-3 in the opener of the Russian tournament.

Medvedev, third in the standings, leads the men’s circuit with four titles this season, all on hard courts. He’s 32-4 for the year.

Medvedev is considered the best challenger to defending champion Carlos Alcaraz, who fought back to beat Emil Ruusuvuori in three sets in his opener.

The 15-year-old continues his Madrid run

Medvedev, however, said he was keeping his expectations in check given the surface was not at its best.

“I will do my best, as always,” Medvedev said.

“Today I felt very good on the court, and in the rallies I was in control and that’s very important on clay.”

Vavassori, 164th, surprised two-time Madrid winner Andy Murray in the previous round.

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