Speaking to reporters in San Jose, the American rising star Amanda Anisimova commented on her admiration for Serena Williams. The 17-year-old and world No. 23 tries to take inspiration from the 23-time Grand Slam winner. "I feel like everyone has already played her, but hopefully I'll get to play her.
Honestly, whenever I play a top player I always look up to them. So I still feel that a little bit and I have respect for any player I play. But the confidence I have in myself and I'm sure other players my age have that who have achieved their results.
It's just having confidence. I look up to all the players I play. It's really cool to play the best in the world. For me, I enjoy it every day", said Anisimova, who also spoke about the American next generation: "I think we're doing really well.
A lot of the junior players around my age, they're coming up and definitely working hard. It's nice to see some fresh faces on the tour and to have a little bit of a mixture. To have Serena still playing and a lot of younger players, it's really cool to see."
Anisimova feels confident ahead of the American hard-court season: "I grew up playing on hardcourt so that's my No.1 surface. But surprisingly in juniors, I always did well on the clay court. In the South American tournaments, I would win a lot of tournaments and my first final in a junior Slam was the French, actually."