Mirra Andreeva, 16, of Russia, beat sixth seed Ons Jabeur in less than an hour on Wednesday, knocking the Tunisian out of the Australian Open in the second round. In her first tournament at Melbourne Park, Andreeva defeated the three-time major runner-up 6-0, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena in only 54 minutes.
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Ranked 47, it was her first win against a top-10 player after making the fourth round of Wimbledon as a qualifier last year.
The opening set was a 20-minute demolition job that left 29-year-old Jabuer completely out of touch. She gained only eight points in six games, three from the baseline, and made 10 unforced mistakes. Her serve was disappointing, with only 38 percent of first serve points won and 13 per cent on second serve.
Jabeur, who has reached the Wimbledon final twice and once at the US Open, eventually held serve in the opening game of set two and raised her finger in the air in celebration.
But the young Russian fought and broke for 2-1, then 4-1, as Jabeur’s shoulders dropped, knowing it was done.
“I was really nervous before the match because I am really inspired by Ons and the way she plays,” said Andreeva. “Before I started to play on the WTA tour I always watched her matches. She added, “In the first set I showed amazing tennis, I honestly didn’t expect that from myself. I just wanted to play on this big court for the second time and just to enjoy the tennis and the time, and I did.”
She also said, “I feel like I am a bit more mature than I was before. Over this year I think I have changed a lot of and I think you can see that on the court.”