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Australian Open: Teenager Mirra Andreeva beats No. 6 Ons Jabeur

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: Mirra Andreeva celebrates defeating Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in the women's singles second round match on Day 4 of the 2024 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)

Mirra Andreeva is making her Australian Open debut in style, beating 6-seed Ons Jabeur in straight sets.

The 16-year-old’s first career top-10 victory came in decisive fashion, as Andreeva won 6-0, 6-2 in just 54 minutes. Afterwards, the 47th-ranked Russian player had nothing but great things to say about her opponent, who she considers one of her idols.

“It was one of my dreams to play against her because I really like the way she plays,” she told reporters afterwards. “As I said before, I’m inspired by her, so it means a lot. Today, it meant a lot, this match that I won.

“Now, after the match, she came to me, she wished me luck. I just know that she is who she is and she never changes. That’s what I like about her.”

Andreeva dominated from the beginning to the end, facing just one break point throughout the match. She hit 13 winners and only 10 unforced errors. Jabeur, in contrast, hit just nine winners to 24 unforced errors.

According to the WTA, Andreeva is just the second-youngest player in the Open era to concede three games or fewer against a top-10 seed at a grand slam. Jelena Dokic is the youngest, having beaten Martina Hingis at Wimbledon in 1999.

The teenager called it “probably the best match” of her career thus far.

“The first set, I didn’t expect that I would play this good. Second set was also not bad,” she said. “For me, it was an amazing match. I’m super happy with the level that I showed today on the court.”

She’s the first player aged 17 or younger to defeat a top-10 player at the Australian Open since Coco Gauff beat then-defending champion Naomi Osaka in the 2019 tournament’s third round. Gauff won her second round match in straight sets on Tuesday, extending her winning streak at Grand Slams to nine matches.