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Mirra Andreeva has funny reaction to Maria Sharapova question at Wimbledon

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Mirra Andreeva, 16, had a bit funny reaction when asked if Maria Sharapova inspired her 2023 Wimbledon run, acknowledging she wasn’t even born when Sharapova won it all The Championships as a teenager. In 2004, a 17-year-old Sharapova won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. 19 years later, 16-year-old Andreeva reached the Wimbledon round-of-16 as a qualifier before losing to Madison Keys. After exiting Wimbledon, Andreeva was asked if she drew any Wimbledon inspiration from Sharapova or Anna Kournikova. 

“Honestly, when Sharapova won Wimbledon, I think she was 16 or 17. I’m not sure. I was not born yet, so… I didn’t see this historical moment. But, of course, it’s amazing what they both have done for the tennis. I wish I could see that moment, but I couldn’t. So, yeah, that’s it,” Andreeva said.

Andreeva taking positives from her Wimbledon run

After winning three qualifying matches, Andreeva also made some noise in the main draw. In the Wimbledon second round, Andreeva had a 6-3 4-0 lead over Barbora Krejcikova when the 2021 French Open champion retired their match. In her next match, Andreeva defeated world No 23 Anastasia Potapova 6-2 7-5. After big wins over Krejcikova and Potapova, Andreeva was also close to beating world No 18 Keys. Andreeva won the opening set of her Wimbledon round-of-16 match but then Keys won a tight second set before completing a 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-2 win. After concluding her Wimbledon run, Andreeva was only interested in looking at the positives.

“Well, it’s a lot of positives to take from this week. Obviously it’s my first time on grass. I kind of didn’t expect to go that far in Wimbledon because first time on grass, I had no experience at all. I passed quallies. It gave me a lot of confidence. It’s a good experience for me, for sure. I hope that next year I will do better here. We will see if I really can,” Andreeva said.

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