Madrid opener Mira Andreeva has inadvertently sparked hysteria in a shocking interview in the Spanish capital.
Andreeva is enjoying a fairytale run at the 2023 Madrid Open. In the second round, Beatrice Hadad defeated Mia to secure a place in the third round, where she faced Magda Lynette.
The Russian teenager celebrated her 16th birthday with a stunning win over Lynette at the WTA 1000 tournament. In a hard-fought 90-minute match, she won the Pole 6-3, 6-3.
Mira Andreeva told Tennis Channel after her victory that her favorite thing about competing at the Madrid Open was the atmosphere. She also called three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray «beautiful» and «amazing».
“You know, the atmosphere here is special. You sit here and see the faces of all the stars you see, just like Andy Murray. He is very beautiful in life,» Andreeva said.
«I’m sorry. It’s amazing. This atmosphere among the players, just being here is unbelievable, just unbelievable,» she added.
Murray’s mum Judy immediately said the upstart should go to Specsavers.
«Love it. She might need a trip to @Specsavers,» Judy Murray tweeted.
Meanwhile, the former No. 1 also questioned the young man’s vision.
«Imagine how good she would look when she fixed her eyes,» he wrote.
Second seed and 2023 Australian Open winner Aryna Sabalenka will face Andreeva in the fourth round. Andreeva won a total of 10 matches at the ITF and WTA tournaments in April.
The Russian said she is confident in her next match, saying she will go out there and play her best tennis as she has nothing to lose unlike her opponent.
“I have nothing to lose. I have to go out there and play the best tennis I can. There is no pressure on me. I think there is some pressure on her. She plays a 16-year-old girl. Yes, I am very excited to play tomorrow,” Andreeva said.
«I didn’t expect to play Sabalenka in the round of 16. I wasn’t surprised at my level because I know how to play on court. Yes, I can’t say I was surprised at my level, but I didn’t expect to be here, to go this far,» added Mira Andreeva.