Stan Wawrinka resurfaces, 16-year-old Mira Andreeva qualifies with championship-shaking upsets

Stan Wawrinka resurfaces, 16-year-old Mira Andreeva qualifies with championship-shaking upsets

Stan Wawrinka won his biggest Grand Slam match in a few years. (Photo by Shi Tang/Getty Images)

Two sides of the pro tennis spectrum made amazing moves on day four of Wimbledon.

Mira Andreeva, the 16-year-old Russian who made her WTA debut in 2022, becomes Mira Andreeva. Third youngest player to reach the third round At Wimbledon in the Open Era after leading by round over 10th seed Barbora Krejkova. Andreeva led 6-3 4-0 before Krejkova retired in the second set.

Meanwhile, 38-year-old Stan Wawrinka has reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2020 after he upset No. 29 seed Thomas Martin Echeverri outside Argentina. Wawrinka – who is 15 years older than Echeverri – won the opening set, dropped the second set but cruised through the final two frames to win 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

If you want to feel old, Wawrinka had already competed in 12 Grand Slam tournaments — including two at Wimbledon — before Andreeva was born in 2007.

So while Andreeva may be the future of women’s tennis, Wawrinka proved on Thursday that he can still play a lot with the younger generation on the men’s team.

Other disturbances noted

  • Elise Mertens fell to Elina Svitolina in three sets. Svitolina, the unseeded Ukrainian, powered through the opening set, then faltered in the second set only to bounce back strongly in the third and final frame. Svitolina defeated 28th seed Mertens outside Belgium 6-1 1-6 6-1. Svitolina recently reached the quarterfinals of the French Open, but hasn’t advanced to the semifinals of any major tournament since she did at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2019.

  • Markéta Vondroušová shocked No. 12 Veronika Kudrmitova by winning in straight sets. Vondrousova, the 24-year-old Czech, has never advanced past the second round at Wimbledon. She won 6-3, 6-3.

  • Julie Neemeyer, a year after her quarter-final appearance at last year’s Wimbledon, is looking to repeat the performance after upsetting 16th seed Karolina Muchová, 6-4, 7-5, 6-1.

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Other notable results

  • Alexander Zverev struggled, after a semi-final appearance at the French Open, to beat Gijs Brouwer in three sets. Zverev won 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) to advance to the second round.

  • And Alex De Minaur, seeded No. 15, defeated Kemer Copegans in four sets. De Minaur lost the opening frame in a back-and-forth tiebreak but found his rhythm in the final three sets to take the win. It took another tiebreak in the fourth frame, but de Minaur finished winning 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2).

  • Lorenzo Musetti, seeded No. 14, beat Jaume Munar 6-4 6-3 6-1 in straight sets.

  • 26th seed Denis Shapovalov defeated Gregoire Barrier in three sets 6-3 6-4 7-6 (9-7).

  • Hubert Hurkacz, seeded No. 17, defeated Jan Choński in three sets 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).

How did the Americans do?

  • Sofia Kenin beat Wang Xinyu in straight sets 6-4 6-3.

  • JG Wolf lost to 23rd seed Alexander Bublik in three sets. Wolfe had a chance to steal a frame when he forced a second-set tiebreaker, but he couldn’t pull off the win. Bublik’s final tally ended up winning 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-0.

  • Michael Moh won 15 matches, but never lost a game against Maximilian Marterer. Germany won 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

  • Alicia Parks lost to Anna Bogdan. Although Parkes won the first frame, Bogdan managed to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

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