Source: China State Council Information Office
Sixth seed Ons Jabeur from Tunisia crashed out of the Australian Open on Wednesday, losing in straight to Russian 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva in the second round.
Jabuer, a three-time Grand Slam finalist, had no answer for a red-hot Andreeva, who continued her eye-catching debut at Melbourne Park with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at Rod Laver Arena in just 54 minutes.
“I’m really inspired by Ons, by the way she plays,” Andreeva, world No. 47, said on-court right after her win. “In the first set, I showed amazing tennis. I honestly didn’t expect that from myself. I just wanted to go and play on this big court for the second time, just to enjoy tennis and I did.”
It was the second consecutive year that the 29-year-old Tunisian fell at the Australian Open in the second round as she was undone by 24 unforced errors compared to Andreeva’s 13.
In her first win over a top-10 player, Andreeva produced the biggest result of her fledgling career and continued her rise on the circuit, having reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last year as a qualifier.
Later at the post-match conference, the 16-year-old revealed that she felt considerably nervous ahead of her second-round clash.
“But I saw that she was nervous too. I know I’m not the only one who is nervous before the match. I just decided to just enjoy, because it’s Rod Laver Arena, I’m playing against the person that I like. I decided just to play, and I think I played okay,” Andreeva said in smile.
“I knew that she was going to do a lot of slices and drop shots, so since yesterday I was working on it,” she added.
In her third round, Andreeva will face either her countrywoman Kamilla Rakhimova or Diane Parry of France.