Amanda Anisimova agreed to be part of the experimental UTR Pro Match Series that is taking place in a unique setting in a private location in West Palm Beach.
4 women are taking part in the event: Alison Riske, Danielle Collins, Amanda Anisimova, and Ajla Tomljanovic. Even if it was great to have tennis back, it really didn’t look like the real deal. The event was played with a scoring system using an abbreviated formula consisting (best of 3 with sets lasting 4 games). When there are these kinds of formats, it never seems that the players are in for a serious match. Furthermore, there was no atmosphere because of the precautions against the Coronavirus: no lines judges, no ball kids, no cameramen, and (more important) no fans.
18-year-old Anisimova is probably one of the most interesting players in the pack. The 2019 French Open semifinalist is widely expected to be a big name in tennis. However, her great 2019 run was brutally halted by the sudden death of her beloved father Konstantin.
Amanda Anisimova didn’t have a fantastic run at the event after she lost to her dear friend Danielle Collins 4-1 4-2 and Riske 0-4 4-0 4-3 (8). However, things got better in the 3rd match after she won 2-4 4-1 4-2 over Tomljanovic.
After the encounter played against the Australian, Amanda didn’t look so happy to play without fans to comment: “It kind of feels like juniors, to be honest, that’s the best comparison.”
Recently, Federer has also vented his “disapproval” for playing without fans. However, if there is no alternative, that could be the only solution.
Amanda Anisimova’s ranking and performance in 2020
Ranked no.28, Anisimova was supposed to play on the 26th of February. However, she conceded a walk over to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the 3rd round in Doha.
Amanda Anisimova’s most significant achievement of the current year was getting to the semi-finals in Auckland.