Amanda Anisimova explains why she abruptly retired against Leylah Fernandez


Amanda Anisimova explains why she abruptly retired against Leylah Fernandez

Rising American star Amanda Anisimova reveals she has been feeling ill for the last few days and she retired her Indian Wells second round match because she felt continuing the match would put her health at risk. Anisimova, ranked at No.

43 in the world, retired the match after Leylah Fernandez won the second set of their second round meeting. After losing the first set by a 6-2 score, Fernandez won the second set tie-break without a dropped point to force a decider.

"Hi everyone, unfortunately I've been quite sick the last few days and yesterday I woke up feeling very ill. I wanted to try and push through it in the match and continue playing the tournament. I couldn't go on with the match anymore because I felt like I was putting my health at risk at that point.

It's disappointing for me to end this week like this, but that's just the way it is sometimes, I'll try to be better next time. I'll look forward to getting back on court soon. And please keep your negative comments to yourself," Anisimova wrote in a message posted on her social media.

Anisimova had her chances to close out the match in two sets

Anisimova got off to a great start as she started the match with back-to-back breaks and an early 3-0 lead. Fernandez got one break back in the fourth game but Anisimova earned her third break of the match in the fifth game.

Anisimova then held on to her serve the rest of the set to win the opener. After winning the first set, Anisimova had a 5-3 lead in the second set. Anisimova missed out on a match point in the ninth game, before blowing three consecutive match point on her serve in the 10th game.

Fernandez managed to force a tie-break, which she absolutely dominated to force a decider. Anisimova then retired the match. It remains to be seen if Anisimova will be ready for the Miami Masters.

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