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?? Monica Niculescu vs. ?? Amanda Anisimova
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?