Amanda Anisimova: I was silly kid. Maria Sharapova was always very serious

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Amanda Anisimova: I was silly kid. Maria Sharapova was always very serious

In an interview to ESPN, American youngster Amanda Anisimova commented on people who compare her to the five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova. Anisimova said: "I don't like comparisons too much. I want to be my own person with my own features.

I was kind of a silly kid. Maria was always very serious. It popped out in my eyes when I watched her." Anisimova added: "I started looking at tennis as my job this year. It was a year of firsts, and I'm getting used to playing on tour full time.

Last year I had big moments, like when I did well at Indian Wells, and it was very surprising to me. But this year, it was like, this is what I do now. I don't want to be surprised when I do something big." Anisimova's agent Max Eisenbud added: "Once Amanda beat Halep, I put a team in place to make sure her social media is on point.

You can't get endorsement deals without having good social media. That is the world we live in now. I talked to her about how many times a day to post and that it might seem weird, but people want to know what you had for breakfast or when you're training.

And how one stupid post can ruin everything." On her social media management, Anisimova added: "Sometimes I tweet about political things too. Gun laws, that's really close to me because of the shooting that happened [at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland].

I had a friend who went to that school, so that really scared me. I know parents who don't even want their kids to go to school because they're scared."