WTA Roland Garros: Superb Amanda Anisimova dethrones Simona Halep!



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WTA Roland Garros: Superb Amanda Anisimova dethrones Simona Halep!

Competing at only her fourth Major, the 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova has reached the semi-final at Roland Garros after a brilliant 6-2, 6-4 triumph over the defending champion Simona Halep in 68 minutes! Amanda is the youngest Grand Slam semi-finalist since Nicole Vaidisova at the Australian Open 2007 and she achieved that in dominant style, overpowering the 3rd seed in every segment to march over the finish line.

Serving at 73%, the American delivered 25 winners and 24 unforced errors, keeping the points on her racquet and fending off six out of seven break points. The pressure was on Halep all the time and she couldn't endure it, with no signs of return supremacy she had in the previous rounds.

Her serve was exposed in the matches she won as well but the return was there to get her safely through, something that wasn't the case today as she won just 23 points behind Amanda's initial shot. It was important for Anisimova to make a good start and she delivered one, holding after deuce in the first game and settling into a nice rhythm for two commanding holds.

Hitting with power and depth, Amanda forced an error from Halep in the sixth game to grab the first break in less than 20 minutes, repelling a break point in the next game and closing the set with another break at 5-2 when her forehand found an empty court.

With nothing to stop her, the youngster earned another break in the second game of the second set, saving three break chances in game five to move 6-2, 4-1 up and make another huge step towards the title. Simona made one last push in the closing stages, pulling the break back in game seven to level the score at 4-4, creating another break opportunity in the next game that could have changed things on the court.

Amanda saved it and finished the job with a break in game ten after a backhand down the line winner, celebrating the biggest win in a career and the place in the semis.