Mirra Andreeva is WTA’s rising teenage star

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16-year-old Russian tennis player Mirra Andreeva is a rising star in the WTA.  Andreeva made the biggest ranking leap of all WTA players between 2022 and 2023. She finished 2023 (as of November 6, 2023) ranked 46th, 359 spots above her 2022 finish at No. 405.

In addition to being the youngest player in the WTA Top 100, Andreeva has spent the least time on tour.  At the beginning of 2023, she was still playing junior events.

There are no weaknesses in her game. She has the serve, strokes, and tennis IQ to contend in 2024 and beyond.  The maturity and match experience gained in 2023 makes her a genuine threat.

Mirra Andreeva already has Grand Slam experience

She is not afraid of the bright lights and attention, and her game thrived in the 2023 Grand Slams.  Her career record in Grand Slams is 6-3. She lost in the second round of the US Open to eventual champion and fellow teenager Coco Gauff. Andreeva’s best finish was in the fourth round of Wimbledon.

Andreeva will play her first career Australian Open at the senior level in 2024. She finished as the 2023 Junior Australian Open runner-up.

Her older sister Erika is also a professional tennis player.  Erika Andreeva is 19 years old and in the Top 150.  The pair train in Cannes, France where fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev used to train.

In addition to her tennis skills, Mirra possesses a natural charisma that appeals to the fans and the media.  That is not to say she is not a fiery and emotional competitor.

No one would call her the next Coco Gauff or the Andreeva sisterly duo the next Williams sisters pair, but Mirra Andreeva is a rising star of the WTA who could challenge the comebacks of veteran Grand Slam champions such as Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber. And in the 2024 Olympic year, she is also a player to keep an eye on for the Russian tennis team.

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