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Mira Andreeva, 16, loses to Madison Keys at Wimbledon after being controversially deducted a point


teen tennis sensation Mira Andreeva’s Dream wimbledon The race ended controversially on Monday after the Russian player was given a point for throwing a racket.

Was serving after trailing 2-5 in the third and deciding set. Andreeva She tripped when she was attempting to return a shot from opponent Madison Keys. 16-year-old Andreeva’s foot slipped and as soon as her hand came down, she threw her racket on the grass.

Umpire Louise Azemar Engel deemed the incident so serious that Andreeva was awarded a point for “unsportsmanlike conduct” – she had already been warned for throwing her racket in the second set – giving Keys the match point, which was The American rebounded to reach the quarterfinals.

“No, it’s the wrong decision,” Andreeva pleaded with Engel. “Do you understand what you are doing? I didn’t throw the racket, it slipped.

“It is a wrong decision. I didn’t throw the racket, I fell. I tripped and fell again.”

When Andreeva insisted that she had lost control after sliding, Engel waved her hand over her head to signal that the Russian had thrown the racket.

Andreeva told reporters after the match, “For me, it is a controversial issue because… I don’t know which decision was the right one.” “He’s the umpire. It is she who takes the decision.

“But, to be honest, I had no intention of throwing the racket. I tripped. To be honest, I thought I would fall further.

“Maybe it looked like I threw the racket. I don’t know I haven’t seen any video yet but it was her decision, so she took that decision. Now, that’s it. He has made the decision, so the match is over.”

After the match, Andreeva left the court without shaking hands with Engel.

Given the minimal force used by Andreeva to throw her racket, it certainly seemed a controversial decision, especially considering how balanced the score was as the Russian worked to stay in the tournament.

“Mira Andreeva was given a warning and a point penalty for going down a match point. It looks like she slipped and then intentionally let go of her racket in some desperation. However, the umpire’s job is to understand the match and use discretion. silly call, Tweeted Chris Hasek-Watt, host of the “Love Means Nothing” tennis podcast.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Mira Andreeva talks to the umpire after throwing her racket to the ground during their Ladies Singles Round of 16 match against Madison Keys (USA) on day eight of The Championships Wimbledon 2023 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club .  on July 10, 2023 in London, England.  (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

During her third round match against Coco Gauff at last month’s French Open, Andreeva faced a code violation for hitting the ball into the crowd in frustration. Andreeva called it a “really stupid move”, although she probably only escaped disqualification because the ball did not hit a spectator.

Keys has now equaled her career best performance at Wimbledon and reached the quarterfinals, where she will face either Aryna Sabalenka or Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Andreeva was competing in her second Grand Slam and only her seventh time on grass courts. Monday’s defeat came just a day after she advanced to the second week after a stunning straight sets victory over 22nd seed Anastasia Potapova in London.

Andreeva, ranked 102nd in the world, was supposed to qualify for Wimbledon but is now the youngest player to reach the last 16 since Coco Gauff in 2019.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Madison Keys of the United States serves a backhand against Mira Andreeva in their women's singles fourth round match on day eight of The Championships Wimbledon 2023 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2023 in London, England Are.  ,  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Andreeva was the third youngest player to reach the third round of Wimbledon in the Open era after Kim Clijsters in 1999 and Gauff four years earlier.

Competing without a flag or national representation amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Andreeva has enjoyed a successful year so far, finishing runner-up at the junior Australian Open and reaching the fourth round of the Madrid Open in April, where she eventually won the world title. Lost to number 1. .2 Aryana Sabalenka.

His sudden rise this year has attracted the attention of Netflix cameras filming the next installment of “The…“Break Point” Documentarywho were following him during Wimbledon.

CNN has contacted the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and the International Tennis Federation to seek comment from Engel.

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