Maria Sharapova reveals her admiration for Mirra Andreeva and makes big prediction

Sharapova thinks Andreeva certainly has a bright future in tennis.

by Dzevad Mesic
Maria Sharapova reveals her admiration for Mirra Andreeva and makes big prediction
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Maria Sharapova is tipping fellow compatriot Mirra Andreeva to have a breakthrough 2024 season and "a bright future" as the Russian tennis icon reveals she has been following the talented 17-year-old Russian and admires her game and attitude toward tennis.

Andreeva, who turned 17 on Monday, has been competing on the main-level for a year now and it is pretty safe to say that she is already an established WTA player. 

Exactly a year ago, Andreeva - who was 15 when the 2023 Madrid Open started - made the round-of-16 as a wildcard in her WTA debut - and it came at the WTA 1000 level. Then as a qualifier, Andreeva made the French Open third round as a qualifier in her Grand Slam debut and she also reached the Wimbledon round-of-16 as a qualifier in her Wimbledon debut.

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Now, Andreeva is widely considered one of the most talented and promising players in the game and widely tipped to do big things in the future.

Sharapova backs Andreeva to have a bright future 

"This is a tough one. I want to say Mirra Andreeva will have a phenomenal year. I followed a little bit of her matches in 23’ and I think she has a strong attitude [and] she has the game to back it up. Genuinely, just like her approach and her sensibility in the game. And I think she has a very bright future ahead of her," Sharapova said in a video for the WTA.

So far this season, 17-year-old Andreeva is 12-6. In her return to the Madrid Open, Andreeva impressed again as she reached the quarterfinal before losing to Aryna Sabalenka. 

En route to making the Madrid quarterfinal, Andreeva clinched a few very impressive wins as she defeated reigning Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova, as well as world No. 13 Jasmine Paolini. 

Now, Andreeva will turn her focus to next week's Rome Open, where she is set to make her debut.

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