Mirra Andreeva should have gone to specsavers quips Judy Murray
Madrid Open standout Mirra Andreeva has unintentionally sparked hysterics with an awestruck interview in the Spanish Capital.
Andreeva is enjoying a fairytale run at the 2023 Madrid Open. She defeated Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round to book a place in the third round, where she squared off against Magda Linette.
The Russian teenager celebrated her 16th birthday with a stunning victory over Linette at the WTA 1000 tournament. She defeated the Pole in a hard-fought 90-minute match, winning in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
Mirra Andreeva told the Tennis Channel after her victory that her favorite thing about competing at the Madrid Open was the atmosphere. She also praised three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, calling him “beautiful” and “amazing.”
“You know, the atmosphere here is so special. When you sit here and take in all the stars you see, like Andy Murray, you see his face. He is so beautiful in life,” Andreeva said.
“Sorry. He is so amazing. This atmosphere, between the players, just to be here is incredible, simply incredible,” she added.
Murray’s mum Judy immediately quipped that the upstart should have gone to Specsavers.
“Love this. Possibly needs a trip to @Specsavers,” Judy Murray tweeted.
Meanwhile the former No 1 also questioned the vision of the youngster.
“Imagine how good she’s going to be when she gets her eyes fixed,” he wrote.
Aryna Sabalenka, the second seed and the 2023 Australian Open winner, will be Andreeva’s opponent in the fourth round. Andreeva has won her previous 10 matches overall in ITF and WTA competition in April.
The Russian expressed confidence in her next match, adding that because she, unlike her opponent, had nothing to lose, she would just go there and play her best tennis.
“I have nothing to lose. I have to go there and show the best tennis I can. There is no pressure at all for me. There is just some pressure on her, I think. She will play a 16-year-old girl. Yes, I am pretty excited to play tomorrow,” Andreeva said.
“I did not expect to be here and playing Sabalenka in the round of 16. I am not really surprised with my level because I know the way I can play on the court. Yes, I cannot say I was surprised at my level, but I did not expect to be here, to go this far,” Mirra Andreeva added.
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