After a rough few months in her personal life, young American player Amanda Anisimova is ready to bounce back in the rankings. The star, who currently ranks at no. 29 in the word, has become more active in the tournaments in the past two weeks. She made her comeback in the Wuhan Open after a month of suppressed activity. Recent news seems to indicate that Anisimova is serious about making an impact in the new few tournaments.
Who is Anisimova’s new coach Carlos Rodriguez
IMG Tennis has confirmed that Argentinian coach Carlos Rodriguez will now be coaching Amanda Anisimova. The pairing has been hailed by tennis experts and pundits as a promising combo. Reports say that Rodriguez will be traveling with the 18-year old American tennis player full-time so he can assist with her training and game preparations.
Rodriguez, who has been with the Potter’s Wheel Academy in Beijing since 2011, has a credible record as a coach. He coached Belgian tennis ace Justine Henin on her way to seven major championship titles, including four French Open wins. They worked together for a total of 15 years.
The Argentinian coach also helped Chinese tennis legend Na Li rebound from her plateauing career in the early 2010s. It can be remembered that Li’s career plateaued after her 2011 French Open victory. With Rodriguez’ help, she made a comeback and grabbed the Australian Open title in 2014.
Rodriguez also coached Slovakian ace Daniela Hantuchova and Chinese star Peng Shuai at some point in their careers. They reached no. 5 and no. 14 in the world rankings respectively.
Anisimova had to take a break from the more recent tournaments because her father and coach, Konstantin, passed away in August. Her father had a profound influence on the player, who guided her towards a French Open semi-finals placement earlier this year.
The American star is one of the few teenagers in the WTA Tour. Of the teenagers in the tally, she is currently ranked third. She even became the youngest player to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament since 2007 during her 2019 run in Roland Garros. Her French Open was memorable also because she defeated defending champion Simona Halep during the quarterfinals.
Anisimova in the Wuhan Open and China Open
For the Wuhan Open, the 18-year old American reached the Round of 32. Czech player Karolina Pliskova and world no. 2 won over her, with a 6-3 6-3 score.
Despite her preparations, the American bowed out in the first round of the China Open. Fellow American Jennifer Brady defeated the 18-year old with a 6-7 7-6 6-3.
Amanda Anisimova’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.29, Amanda played her last match on the 30th of September when she had to bow to Jennifer Brady 6-74 7-62 6-3 in the 1st round in Beijing.
This year Amanda has a 24-15 win-loss record. Anisimova has won 1 title in Bogota.
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