Simona Halep vs. Amanda Anisimova, Roland Garros QF Preview

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Simona Halep continues her Roland Garros title defense on Wednesday with a quarter-final clash against America’s Amanda Anisimova. The gulf in experience between Halep and Anisimova is huge heading into this clash. Halep has reached the final in Paris on 3 previous occasions and of course won the title last year, whilst Anisimova entered this tournament having never won a main draw match at Roland Garros, this is the American’s second main draw appearance at the event. Thus it is Halep who enters this match as a huge favourite.

Amanda Anisimova of the United States in action during her fourth-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

This was always going to be an interesting tournament for Simona Halep, the first time she has entered a Grand Slam as a defending champion. So far so good for the Romanian. Halep started the event with a couple of hard-fought 3 set wins over Ajla Tomljanovic and Magda Linette before cruising past Lesia Tsurenko and Iga Swiatek in straight sets. Halep’s tough start to the event may well have been just what the former world number 1 needed, she has been tested and is now seemingly getting stronger and stronger.

At 17 years of age Amanda Anisimova is the first player born in this millennium to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final. Anisimova has made her way through to the final 8 in style without dropping a single set. Anisimova’s biggest win of the event was in the second round where she defeated the 11th seeded Aryna Sabalenka 6-4 6-2. The American also claimed wins over Harmony Tan and Irina-Camelia Begu in the first week. Anisimova booked her spot in a maiden Grand Slam quarter-final with a powerful 6-3 6-0 win over Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov. This has been another impressive run by the American who also reached also the round of 16 earlier this year at the Australian Open.

This will be the first career meeting between Halep and Anisimova. This match looms as the American’s biggest test of the tournament, perhaps even her entire career, how will Anisimova handle the occasion?

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Kiki Bertens vs. Amanda Anisimova, Rome R2 Preview

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Kiki Bertens begins her Rome campaign with a second round clash against Amanda Anisimova. Bertens arrives in Rome on a high having won the title in Madrid last week and is looming as one of the favourites heading into the second Grand Slam of the year. Bertens will be keen to continue her strong form in Rome and enters this match as a clear favourite.

Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in action during her semi-final match at the 2019 Mutua Madrid Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament on route to winning the title. 

Kiki Bertens is the form player on tour at the moment having won the biggest title of her career at the Mutua Madrid Open last week which meant she climbed to a career high ranking of number 4 in the world. Bertens won the title in Madrid in style as she went through the tournament without dropping a set, the first player to ever achieve that feat. Bertens beat quality players such as Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens and Simona Halep on route to the title. Clay has always been Bertens’ best surface and suddenly she is looming as a genuine contender to win Roland Garros in a few weeks’ time, she could perhaps even be the favourite.

Unlike Bertens, clay is not a surface Anisimova is comfortable on. Anisimova did win her first career title on the red dirt in Bogota last month but I’m not convinced by her game on this surface. Anisimova suffered a shock loss in the opening round of qualifying in Madrid to Marta Kostyuk and stumbled at the final qualifying stage in Rome to Kristina Mladenovic but received a main draw wild card. Anisimova went on to defeat Elisabetta Cocciaretto 6-3 6-3 in the opening round to set up a clash with Bertens.

This will be the first career meeting between Bertens and Anisimova.

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Monica Niculescu vs. Amanda Anisimova, Australian Open R1 Preview

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The hipster match-up of the day at Melbourne Park on Monday sees Monica Niculescu take on Amanda Anisimova. This match-up features a huge contrast in styles, perhaps the biggest contrast possible. The famous Niculescu forehand slice up against the powerful young American who is quickly rising up the rankings.

Niculescu and Anisimova have both made decent starts to their respective seasons. Niculescu fought through the qualifying draw all the way to the quarter-finals in Shenzhen whilst Anisimova reached the quarter-finals in Auckland. Both players claimed notable victories in their first tournament of the year. Niculescu thrashed Jelena Ostapenko in Shenzhen whilst Anisimova cruised past Barbora Strycova in Auckland in what loomed as a tricky match-up for the American.

This will be the first career meeting between Niculescu and Anisimova. This should be entertaining match-up because of the extreme contrast in styles. Anisimova is young and powerful whilst Niculescu is experienced and smart. Who will prevail?

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Karolina Pliskova vs Amanda Anisimova, Indian Wells R4 Preview

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Karolina Pliskova will look to end the surprise run of 16-year-old Amanda Anisimova when the pair meet at the fourth round stage of the BNP Paribas Open. Anisimova has defied the odds to reach the fourth round stage of the year’s first premier mandatory event having never previously won a main tour level match before this event. Can the young American keep her dream run alive or will Pliskova be too strong?

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in action at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Karolina Pliskova has advanced to the final 16 in Indian Wells thanks to a pair of hard-fought wins. Pliskova received a bye through the opening round before claiming a 7-6 6-1 win over Irina-Camelia Begu, Pliskova made a really slow start to that match but saved a few set points as she recovered from a 1-5 first set deficit. The 5th seed secured her spot in the round of 16 with a 7-5 5-7 6-3 win over Shuai Zhang. Pliskova was up a set and break and looked destined for a straight set win but found herself getting the job done the hard way. Pliskova has reached the semi-finals in Indian Wells in the previous two years and given the state of the draw she will fancy her chances to do the same thing in 2018.

Amanda Anisimova is having the best week of her young tennis career. Anisimova arrived in Indian Wells in great form having come through the qualifying draw to reach the semi-finals at the Indian Wells 125K event last week. Anisimova has rocketed through the draw this week, beating much more credentialed opponents. Anisimova started the event with a 6-2 6-2 win over Pauline Parmentier before beating an out of form Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 6-1. It was in the third round where the 16-year-old made her biggest move, putting a stop to Petra Kvitova’s 14-match winning streak with a huge 6-2 6-4 victory.

This will be the first career meeting between the pair, whilst there are almost 150 places between them in the rankings, Anisimova has proven that means little so far in Indian Wells.

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Petra Kvitova vs Amanda Anisimova, Indian Wells R3 Preview

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Petra Kvitova and Amanda Anisimova will open proceedings on Stadium 1 on Sunday in Indian Wells when they meet at the third round stage of the BNP Paribas Open. Petra Kvitova is on an incredible 14-match winning streak, just 1 win away from the longest winning streak of her career. Standing in Kvitova’s way is the 16-year-old American. Anisimova is in unchartered territory having never previously won a match at this level prior to this event. Can the youngster cause a huge upset?

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Petra Kvitova survived a dramatic opening round clash in Indian Wells. After receiving a bye through the first round, Kvitova opened her 2018 BNP Paribas Open campaign with an epic 6-7 7-6 6-4 win over Yulia Putintseva in a match that last well over 3 hours. Kvitova demonstrated once more just how tough she is under pressure, twice coming from a break down in the final set to blast her way past a determined opponent.

Anisimova is having the best few weeks of her very young career. Amanda Anisimova produced a near-flawless performance to cruise past the 23rd seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 6-1 in the second round. Anisimova’s power was too much was a sluggish Pavlyuchenkova to handle on the night. Prior to that Anisimova breezed past Pauline Parmentier 6-2 6-2. It has been an unbelievable couple of weeks in the Californian desert for the 16-year-old after she came through the qualifying draw to reach the semi-finals at the Indian Wells 125K event last week.

This will be the first career meeting between the pair.

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