Andreeva, 16, says Murray ‘maybe’ helped her French Open breakthrough
AFP | Paris
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Russian teenager Mirra Andreeva said yesterday that a good luck message from Andy Murray “maybe” helped her win on her French Open debut.
The 16-year-old made headlines with a run to the fourth round at the Madrid Open last month and came through qualifying at Roland Garros to make her Grand Slam tournament debut, beating Alison Riske-Amritraj 6-2, 6-1 in the first round.
Andreeva also attracted attention in Madrid for comments about Murray being “beautiful” in real life, with the former men’s world number one remarking about “how good she’s going to be when she gets her eyes fixed”.
Murray is sitting out Roland Garros to prepare for the grass-court season, but he did wish Andreeva the best for her campaign.
“After he won a Challenger, I texted him. I said, ‘Congratulations’,” said Andreeva. “He actually answered me, so I was really happy about it.
He said, ‘Thank you, and good luck in Roland Garros’. Maybe that’s why I’m playing that good now.”