Amanda Anisimova on trial period with Simona Halep's ex-coach

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Amanda Anisimova on trial period with Simona Halep's ex-coach

Amanda Anisimova, 20, is thrilled with the way she has been playing this week as she has been through to the Melbourne Summer Set 2 final. On Saturday, Anisimova destroyed world No. 26 Daria Kasatkina 6-2 6-0 in the semifinal.

Anisimova lost her serve twice in the first set but broke Kasatkina four times to still easily win the opener. Anisimova was even more dominant in the second set as she broke Kasatkina three times and lost no service games to book a straight-set win.

"I'm happy with how I found my rhythm this week, and I've been taking it one match at a time and I think my performance has been getting better with each day," Anisimova said, per the WTA website.

Anisimova on a trial with Darren Cahill

“We’re just starting out & getting to know each other.

We’ll see how it goes and hopefully it could become a long-term thing. I’m hoping that will be the case," Anisimova revealed, per WTA Insider. Anisimova, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 21 in 2019, wasn't happy with how her 2021 season.

Anisimova is now ranked at No. 78 in the world. "Last year I was training really hard and I think the results were not really there, and it was really disappointing to have bad results week after week," said Anisimova. "But just keeping my head high and knowing that the work would eventually pay off, and just working smarter, I think that's helped me.

"I'm in a really good headspace starting off this year, and I'm just grateful for every tournament I get to play. And I'm just super happy and excited going into each match, and I think that's what's most important." Anisimova captured her maiden WTA title in Bogota in 2019. Anisimova will be fighting against Aliaksandra Sasnovich for the Melbourne Summer Set 2 title.

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