Controversial Racket Call Ends Mirra Andreeva’s Run at Wimbledon: Mirra Andreeva, the 16-year-old Russian tennis player, experienced the end of her remarkable Wimbledon journey after a controversial call during her match against American Madison Keys. Mirra Andreeva’s Cinderella Run at Wimbledon Andreeva, who had been riding a wave of momentum with nine wins in her last ten games, initially dominated the match, winning the first set and leading 3-0 in the second. However, Keys managed to shift the momentum in her favor, causing frustration for Andreeva.
During the match, Andreeva received a warning from the chair umpire, Louise Azemar Engzell, for throwing her racket after relinquishing a 4-1 lead in the second set. Andreeva admitted that she deserved the warning. However, the turning point came when Andreeva received an unsportsmanlike penalty for another racket toss. In this instance, Mirra Andreeva claimed that she slipped, causing her racket to accidentally hit the grass court.
Mirra Andreeva vehemently protested the call, asserting, “I slipped. I didn’t do it. I slid, and I fell.” She expressed her disagreement with the decision and pleaded with the umpire, questioning if she understood the impact of her ruling.
As a result of the second code violation, Keys was awarded match point, ultimately securing a 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory. Andreeva’s hopes of becoming the youngest player to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals since Anna Kournikova in 1997 were dashed.
In the postgame press conference, Andreeva maintained her defense, stating, “For me, it’s a controversial point.” She explained that she had no intention of throwing the racket and insisted that she had slipped and was anticipating a fall forward. Andreeva mentioned that she had not yet seen any videos of the incident.
Although her Wimbledon journey ended on a contentious note, Andreeva’s talent and performance at such a young age have captured attention, leaving a promising future ahead for the young Russian player.
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