Australian Open 2024: Andreeva beats Jabeur, Sabalenka through

Teenager Mirra Andreeva says knocking her idol Ons Jabeur out of the Australian Open was “probably” the best display of her fast-developing career.

The 16-year-old showed once again why is she is one of the sport’s rising stars by demolishing an out-of-sorts Jabeur in a 6-0 6-2 second-round win.

“It was one of my dreams to play against her because I really like the way she plays,” said the 47th-ranked Russian, who won in 54 minutes.

“It means a lot to win this match.”

Andreeva is the last remaining 16-year-old in the Melbourne draw after Brenda Fruhvirtova and Alina Korneeva were unable to cause shocks against their illustrious opponents.

Defending champion Aryna Sabalenka won 6-3 6-2 against Czech Fruhvirtova, eventually overwhelming her teenage opponent with her power after a competitive start.

“For someone who is 16 years old, Brenda is doing an incredible job and I wish I was this level at that age,” said Sabalenka, who reached at least the semi-finals in each of the four majors last season.

“I didn’t think about Mirra winning on this court earlier – I just didn’t want to let this young lady win.”

Brazilian 10th seed Beatriz Haddad Maia saw off Korneeva – who is best friends with her fellow Russian Andreeva – in a 6-1 6-2 win.

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