MADRID (AP) — Russian teenager Mirra Andreeva found the perfect way to celebrate her 16th birthday by continuing her breakout showing at the Madrid Open with a two-set win over Magda Linette on Saturday.
Andreeva thrust her arms high after winning a long exchange that ended with her breaking Linette's serve for a fourth time to secure the decisive point of her 6-3, 6-3 victory.
Linette, the Australian Open semifinalist, became the latest player to be upset by the upstart Andreeva.
Earlier this week, the still-15-year-old Andreeva stunned 2021 U.S. Open finalist Leylah Fernandez to become the third youngest player to win a main-draw match at a WTA 1000 tournament. She followed that up by beating 14th-ranked Beatriz Haddad Maia.
Her next challenge? Nothing less than world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka in the round of 16.