The 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova had made a name for herself a year ago when she reached the fourth round at Indian Wells following a win over Petra Kvitova. With a foot injury suffered in Miami, Anisimova was forced to skip all the action in April, May, June and July, finding the form again and kicking off 2019 from inside the top-100.
Following the fourth round result in Melbourne, the young American claimed the first title in Bogota in April, revealing her abilities on the slowest surface and cementing that in Paris where she became the youngest Roland Garros semi-finalist since Nicole Vaidisova in 2006!
With a favorable draw, the hard-hitting young gun toppled Harmony Tan and the struggling world no. 11 Aryna Sabalenka for the place in the third round and she had no intentions of stopping there, berating Irina-Camelia Begu to enter the last 16 without losing a set.
In another encounter where she was the favorite, Amanda ousted a qualifier Aliona Bolsova to enter the quarters, setting the clash with the defending champion Simona Halep whom she beat 6-2, 6-4 after a brilliant performance that propelled her into the semis, the youngest one in Paris in 13 years.
In the battle for the first Grand Slam final at such a young age, Amanda lost 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 to Ashleigh Barty, performing a miracle comeback in the first set and wasting a 3-0 advantage in the second, allowing Ashleigh to take the momentum from that point and failing to score another big win and reach the title match.
As was expected, Anisimova announced she is withdrawing from the Libema Open in s-Hertogenbosch, unable to recover in time and make the WTA debut on grass in the way she was hoping for, needing more time to improve the energy after a deep run in Paris.
Amanda went to the Netherlands, playing in the doubles with Priscilla Hon and deciding to skip the singles action and the match against Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the first round.