Roland Garros: Halep stunned by Anisimova, fails to reach semi-finals
17-year-old Amanda Anisimova is into the first Grand Slam semifinal of her career after pulling off a stunning win over defending champion Simona Halep in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
Already the first player born in the 2000s, male or female, to reach a major quarterfinal, Anisimova is now the youngest semifinalist at this event since Nicole Vaidisova’s 2006 run at Paris – and she’s done it without having dropped a set all fortnight long, wtatennis.com informs.
The teenager, ranked No.51 in the world, made her way into the quarterfinal clash after an impressive run which includes a 6-4, 6-2 stunner over No.11 seed Aryna Sabalenka – Anisimova’s third career Top 20 win. And earlier in the season, she showed off her clay credentials to lift her maiden WTA title in Bogota.
Anisimova looked right at home on the cavernous Court Philippe-Chatrier against the No.3-seeded Halep, contesting their rain-delayed quarterfinal a day after it was originally scheduled. She was playing her aggressive style from the beginning and keeping the rock-solid Halep defense under attack, peppering in a few drop shots.