Madison Keys makes Wimbledon sensation Mirra Andreeva 'cry' as she reaches quarters
The look on Mirra Andreeva‘s face shows that she is a different kind of tennis player.
At 16 years and 78 days old, the Russian was two games short of becoming the youngest player to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals since Anna Kournikova.
Her compatriot achieved the feat in 1997, at the age of 16 years and 29 days.
Mirra isn’t bothered who her opponent is. In the last 16 she faced the experienced Madison Keys, who had recently won on grass at Eastbourne.
Andreeva was leading by a set and 4-1 until she lost her nerve and was unable to counteract the greater power of her opponent’s shots.
She ended up losing 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2, in 2 hours and 3 minutes. Keys registered 39 winners to her opponent’s 14.
Mirra looks to be a born winner, and she doesn’t care about the type of surface she’s playing on.
That’s why when she saw her seventh win in the tournament slip away (she made it through the qualifiers) she started crying on the sidelines. She covered her face with a towel.
For any junior it would be considered a success to qualify for the fourth round of Wimbledon. Not for Andreeva.
Racket abuse point
Match point for Keys came after the chair umpire had taken away a point from Andreeva for throwing her racquet to the ground.
The American now awaits the winner of the match between Aryna Sabalenka and Ekaterina Alexandrova.
“I didn’t throw it, I slipped and it went out of my hands,” Andreeva said in her defence. The fans who filled the court believed her version and whistled the umpire’s decision.
Andreeva is a diamond in the rough found by Monegasque tennis player Jean-Rene Lisnard. She lives and trains in Cannes, far from the cold of her native Krasnoyarsk.