Amanda Anisimova

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Amanda Anisimova
Amanda Anisimova (cropped).jpg
Amanda Anisimova at the 2017 French Open
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Aventura, Florida
Born (2001-08-31) August 31, 2001 (age 17)
Freehold Township, New Jersey
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 2016
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Konstantin Anisimov
Prize money US$360,741
Singles
Career record 51–23 (68.92%)
Career titles 0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking No. 92 (October 1, 2018)
Current ranking No. 93 (October 15, 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 1R (2017)
US Open 1R (2018)
Doubles
Career record 2–1 (66.67%)
Highest ranking No. 767 (11 September 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open 1R (2017)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open 1R (2017, 2018)
Last updated on: October 15, 2018.

Amanda Anisimova (/əˌnɪsɪˈmvə/ ə-NIS-ih-MOH-və;[1] born August 31, 2001) is an American tennis player. She is the youngest player ranked in the top 100 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and achieved a career high ranking of No. 92 in the world in October 2018. She was the 2017 Junior US Open champion, and has reached one final on the WTA Tour at the 2018 Japan Women's Open.

With her father Konstantin as her longtime coach and her older sister also an accomplished player, Anisimova began playing tennis at a very young age. Born in New Jersey, her family moved to Florida to give their children better training opportunities. As a junior, Anisimova was ranked as high as No. 2 in the world. She won the US Open, as well as two other Grade A titles. She also became the first American finalist at the French Open girls' singles tournament in 14 years.

On the pro tour, Anisimova defeated a top 150 opponent before turning 15. She won her first ITF pro circuit title less than a year later. She then rose to prominence at the Indian Wells Open by recording her first top 10 victory against Petra Kvitová while still 16 years old.

Early life and background[edit]

Amanda was born in New Jersey to Olga and Konstantin Anisimov. She has an older sister Maria who played college tennis for the University of Pennsylvania while attending Wharton's undergraduate business school. Her parents emigrated from Russia to the United States a few years before she was born to give their children better opportunities. They worked in the finance and banking industries, and neither of them played competitive tennis while growing up.[2][3]

Anisimova started playing tennis at the age of 2. She credits her sister as her inspiration for taking up the sport, saying, "When I was little she was playing tennis. I always saw her playing, and I wanted to do it too. That's how I got into it and my parents got into it too."[4] Her family moved to Florida when she was very young, so she would have more opportunities to train and find other coaches. Her father has long acted as her primary coach, while her mother has also helped coach her. Additionally, she has also worked with Nick Saviano since she was 11 years old. Max Fomine, who is also an assistant coach for the Bryan brothers, serves as her traveling coach.[2][3]

Junior career[edit]

Anisimova at the 2017 French Open

Anisimova achieved a career high ITF junior ranking of No. 2 in the world in 2016.[5] Early in her junior career, she entered the 2015 Abierto Juvenil Mexicano ranked outside the top 300, but unexpectedly won the high-level Grade A tournament as a 14 year old.[6][7] She continued to excel in 2016, winning the Grade 1 Copa del Café and reaching the final at the Grade A Copa Gerdau.[8][9] On the strength of these results, Anisimova was the No. 2 seed at the French Open. In her second career junior Grand Slam tournament, she became the first American finalist at the girls' event since Ashley Harkleroad in 2002 before finishing runner-up to Rebeka Masarova.[10][11] During the summer, she competed in the USTA Girls' 18s National Championship as the No. 5 seed and finished in 4th place.[12]

As a 15 year old, Anisimova won two more big titles, the first at the Grade 1 Yucatán Cup in late 2016 and the second at the Grade A Copa Gerdau in early 2017 where she was a finalist a year earlier.[13][14] Following these titles, Anisimova only played in two more ITF junior tournaments that year, both of which were Grand Slams.[5] She capped off her junior career by winning her first Grand Slam title at the US Open, where she defeated fellow American Coco Gauff in the final and did not drop a set during the tournament.[15][16] Anisimova was also a member of the United States team that won the 2017 Junior Fed Cup, but did not play in the final tie due to illness.[17]

Professional career[edit]

2016–17: French Open debut, ITF title[edit]

In the summer of 2016, Anisimova received a wild card into US Open qualifying, her first professional tournament. She won her debut match against world No. 124 Verónica Cepede Royg at the age of 14, before losing in the following round.[18] Following her junior title at the 2017 Copa Gerdau in February, Anisimova stayed in Brazil and played in an ITF $25K event in Curitiba. She reached her first final on the pro tour at the tournament, despite this being her first professional main draw.[19][20] A few weeks later, Anisimova was awarded a wild card into the Miami Open, where she lost to Taylor Townsend in three sets in her WTA main draw debut.[21]

During the clay court season, Anisimova won the USTA French Open Wild Card Challenge by reaching back-to-back finals at the ITF $80K event in Indian Harbour Beach and the ITF $60K event in Dothan the following week. These results also helped her crack the top 300 of the WTA rankings.[20] In her Grand Slam debut, she lost her first round match at the French Open to Kurumi Nara. Nonetheless, she became the youngest player to participate in the main draw since Alizé Cornet in 2005.[22] After forgoing the grass-court season, Anisimova continued to play on the ITF Pro Circuit. She broke into the top 200 by capturing her first career professional title at the $60K event in Sacramento towards the end of July while she was still 15 years old.[23][24]

2018: Top 100, WTA final, top 10 victory[edit]

Anisimova's first two tournaments of the year were the inaugural Oracle Challenger Series 125K events at Newport Beach and Indian Wells. She successfully qualified for both main draws, and her semifinal at Indian Wells helped her earn a main draw wild card into the WTA event there the following week.[25] At the Indian Wells Open, Anisimova became the youngest player to reach the fourth round since 2005. She defeated Pauline Parmentier for her first career WTA match win before upsetting No. 23 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and then No. 9 Petra Kvitová, who was on a 14-match win streak.[26] Her run ended against No. 5 Karolína Plíšková.[27] Anisimova was also awarded a wild card into Miami Open. She won her opening match against Wang Qiang despite injuring her right foot in the third set. This injury forced her to withdraw from the tournament and kept her out for four months.[28] At the time, she had risen to a career-high ranking of No. 128 in the world.[29]

Anisimova returned to tennis in July at the Silicon Valley Classic. She qualified for the main draw and won her first match back, which was also against Wang Qiang.[30] She then reached the third round of the Cincinnati Open to return to the top 150.[31] After losing her opening match as a wild card at the US Open, Anisimova next entered the Japan Women's Open.[32] In her first tournament as a 17 year old, she qualified for the main draw and made it to her first career WTA final, dropping just one set overall and none in the main draw before the final. She defeated top seed and world No. 41 Zhang Shuai in the semifinals before finishing runner-up to second seed Hsieh Su-Wei. With this performance, she also cracked the top 100 for the first time.[33][34]

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2018 Japan Women's Open, Japan International Hard Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei 2–6, 2–6

ITF finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–3)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Mar 2017 Curitiba, Brazil $25,000 Clay Russia Anastasia Potapova 7–6(9–7), 5–7, 2–6
Loss 0–2 Apr 2017 Space Coast Pro Tennis Classic, US $80,000 Clay Belarus Olga Govortsova 3–6, 6–4, 3–6
Loss 0–3 Apr 2017 Hardee's Pro Classic, US $60,000 Clay United States Kristie Ahn 6–1, 2–6, 2–6
Win 1–3 Jul 2017 Gold River Women's Challenger, US $60,000 Hard Croatia Ajla Tomljanović walkover

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Girls' Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2016 French Open Clay Switzerland Rebeka Masarova 5–7, 5–7
Win 2017 US Open Hard United States Coco Gauff 6–0, 6–2

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Only WTA Tour main draw (incl. Grand Slams), Olympics and Fed Cup results are considered.[35]

Current through the 2018 Japan Women's Open.

Tournament 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
French Open A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Wimbledon A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
US Open Q2 Q1 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–1 0 / 2 0–2 0%
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells Masters A A 4R 0 / 1 3–1 75%
Miami Open A 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–1 50%
Madrid Open A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
China Open A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar Open A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Italian Open A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Canadian Open A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Cincinnati Open A A 3R 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Wuhan Open A A Q1 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 6–2 0 / 4 6–3 67%
Career Statistics
Tournaments 0 2 6 8
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 11–5 11–7
Year-end ranking 764 192 61%

Note: Anisimova withdrew from the 2018 Miami Open prior to her second round match, which does not officially count as a loss.

Record against top 20 players[edit]

Anisimova's match record against certain players who have been ranked in the top 20, with those who have been no. 1 in boldface.

Main draw results only. Correct to 17 August 2018.

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

Season 2016 2017 2018 Total
Wins 0 0 1 1
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score AAR
2018
1. Czech Republic Petra Kvitová No. 9 BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, United States Hard 3R 6–2, 6–4 No. 149

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