Amanda Anisimova is set to join a star-stunned field at the ASB Classic that starts in Auckland on January 6. The American player will try to fight for the title competing against the likes of Cori Gauff, Serena Williams. The Tournament Director Karl Budge said: "It's just another great signing for the ASB Classic.
Amanda was projected to finish the season around the top ten earlier in the year and is ranked 24 at the moment. When you think she missed a large proportion of the season due to the sad passing of her father prior to the US Open, it just shows what a talent she is.
She is very Maria Sharapova-esque and is managed by the same manager. Amanda trains in Bradenton in Florida the same way Maria did and there are a lot of similarities there. She has a very cool demeanour and a big powerful game and another one of these players you will see at the pointy end of women's tennis for the next decade."
Budge is satisfied with the event field: "This must be the best lineup of sport this country has seen. I can't think of a time that you have had this level of global true star power and relevance on any given week of sport in this country.
It's a staggeringly good lineup and certainly the best I have been able to put together. A player said to me yesterday I am not going to enter Auckland because I want to play a lesser field as I might not get enough matches. It's a sign of respect of the strength of the field we will have this year."