By Chris Oddo | @ElNiñoFan | Monday July 4, 2022
The 20-year-old American is through to her first Wimbledon quarterfinal and is hungry for more.
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By chris oddo | @TheFanChild | Monday, July 4, 2022
20 years old amanda anisimova he’s been a bit under the radar since 2019, after a few years of inactivity following the sudden death of his father and trainer Konstantin in 2019. That devastating development alone would be enough to throw the career of the strongest athlete off course, and it was ‘everything. what the talented American has had to face.
Anisimova has been through several years of rough patches, hard hits and freak injuries, as well as coach Darren Cahill’s sudden departure from her team this spring.
All the obstacles Anisimova has overcome to reach her first Wimbledon quarterfinal this week, and the brilliant form she has displayed for much of this season, make her return to form all the more impressive.
Amanda Anisimova and Elise Mertens are the only women to reach the second week of all three Slams this year. You probably wouldn’t have guessed it before the season started.
Anisimova’s careers include wins over Bencic, Gauff, Muchova and two wins over Osaka.
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There is much more to the young American than one of the softest and deadliest backhands in the current game. There is also character, determination and mental toughness.
It’s all adding up, with a record of 29-9 in 2022, including 13-6 in three sets and 7-6 against the Top-20, and the best may be yet to come.
“I know I can do better,” Anisimova said Monday after dismantling France’s Harmony Tan in straight sets. “I am excited for the next round because I want more.
“I am not entirely satisfied with just a few quarter-finals because my goal this year has been to win a Grand Slam.
Anisimova, who played a Grand Slam semi-final at Roland-Garros as a 17-year-old in 2019, says she took the experience for granted.
“I think when I was 17 years old, I didn’t really appreciate getting to the semifinals as much as I probably should have,” he said. “I just soaked up, I think, like a year later, understanding what that was, how much it really meant to me.
“Just having more than a year of not-so-good results, it really affects you. It motivates me a lot to train harder and just work harder. But when you’re losing every week in the early rounds, it’s really hard to find that motivation. Go forward. It just took longer than I thought it would. That’s why it means so much to me now to have a great year this year.”
Anisimova doesn’t talk much about her father’s sudden passing, at least not to reporters, but she made it clear on social media that he is always in her heart.
After winning the title in Adelaide this year, he made sure to mention it in a social media post:
“To my dad, I miss you. I wish you could send me a funny message like you normally would after I win 🤣 but I know you’re proud of me ❤️ love you,” she wrote.
It’s good to see that Anisimova is reaching her potential. And at the age of 20, there’s still plenty of time for her to build her game.
After dropping out of the top 80 by a spell, it appears Anisimova, currently ranked 25th, has the potential to be a Top 10 player and, dare we say, a Grand Slam champion.
She will face 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep in the quarterfinals, a tough matchup to be sure, as Anisimova was crushed by Halep two weeks ago in Bad Homburg.
But four wins at Wimbledon can change confidence, and Anisimova will have that going for her when she takes on the Romanian on Wednesday.
Now, however it turns out, things are clearly heading north for Anisimova, after a long period of confusion. And that is great news.
“I kept putting the pressure on myself even though it was kind of like constant dissatisfaction, constantly losing in tournaments,” Anisimova said. “Yes, I am happy with the way I kept pushing myself and knowing that the hard work will finally pay off. Although it took a long time, I think I made quite a bit of progress last year, then it really started to show this year.