Breaking Barriers: Amanda Anisimova's Trailblazing Path into the Top-100



by JOVICA ILIC

Breaking Barriers: Amanda Anisimova's Trailblazing Path into the Top-100

Amanda Anisimova, one of the most talented players born in the early 2000s, is taking an indefinite break from tennis. The American announced the news in May, struggling with her mental health and burnout since the summer of 2022.

Amanda claimed the 2017 US Open junior crown and reached the last four at Roland Garros two years later, becoming the youngest player in a Major semi-final since 2006! Anisimova claimed two WTA titles in 2019 and 2022. Failing to improve her mental health after a tough start to the season, Amanda decided to take a break from tennis, hoping to return once she feels better.

Anisimova found herself in the top-100 for the first time in September 2018, a couple of weeks after turning 17! Thus, she became the first player born in 2001 who cracked the exclusive group, achieving that before Olga Danilovic or Anastasia Potapova.

Amanda Anisimova had quite a journey toward a place in the top-100.

Amanda locked her place in the top-100 after reaching her first WTA final in Hiroshima, scoring a hard-fought 7-6, 7-5 win over Shuai Zhang in an hour and 48 minutes.

Amanda had to qualify for the main draw, which was not an obstacle. The young gun delivered her finest tennis to move a step away from the first WTA title, the first out of many, as it looked at that point. Anisimova claimed three wins in two days to enter the main draw.

She scored commanding wins over Jana Fett, Saisai Zheng and Anna Karolina Schimedlova to reach the last four, preserving energy after spending just over three hours on the court. Hiroshima was Anisimova's eighth professional tournament of the season, experiencing an injury that prevented her from entering the top-100 even earlier.

Amanda reached the Indian Wells fourth round at 16 following a win over Petra Kvitova. However, she broke her foot in the opening round of Miami and stayed away from the court for four months. Amanda played in the third round of Cincinnati, losing to Elina Svitolina after a decent effort.

She bounced back after the US Open opening round loss and reached the title match here in Hiroshima, securing a place in the top-100 for the first time and writing history for her generation. Amanda almost cracked the top-20 in 2019 but failed to achieve that at the Australian Open in January.

The American bounced back in 2022, playing in the Wimbledon quarter-final before losing her father and a longtime coach just before the US Open.

Amanda Anisimova