Mirra Andreeva, 15, wins the opening round of the Madrid Open over Leylah Fernandez.
Wildcard Mirra Andreeva defeated Leylah Fernandez in the Madrid Open to become the third 15-year-old to win a WTA 1000 main-draw match.
Andreeva, ranked 194 in the world, defeated the Canadian in the first round on Wednesday, winning 6-3, 6-4.
Andreeva, who turns 16 on Saturday, saved five of the six break points she faced against Fernandez, the world number 49.
On Thursday, she will face Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round.
CiCi Bellis of the United States and Coco Gauff of France accomplished the same feat at the Miami Open in 2015 and 2019, respectively.
Andreeva is the youngest player in the top 300 of the WTA world rankings, despite playing without a flag due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.