Another news causes concern on the WTA Tour, after what happened to Dayana Yastremska. This time the protagonist, even if for a different reason, is always a young woman tennis star,19 years-old Amanda Anisimova, who was born in Freehold, USA, on August 31st 2001.
Anisimova, in the summer of 2019 she passed Harmony Tan, Aryna Sabalenka, Irina-Camelia Begu, Aliona Bolsova and Simona Halep to reach her very first Grand Slam semi-final in Paris, then losing in the third set against the Australian Ashleigh Barty.
In the season that has just ended she has never managed to play an eighth-final in the three Major events, reaching the maximum of the semi-final in Auckland (beaten by Serena Williams). Today at number 30 in the world rankings, Amanda was also 21st in October 2019.
Amanda Anisimova positive to COVID-19
In these days, the American player was supposed to take part in the Abu Dhabi tournament, in the United Arab Emirates, but at the last moment she announced her absence. The reason? Amanda revealed that she tested positive for Coronavirus and she will therefore now have to spend the quarantine period until she is fully recovered.
Anisimova has won only one career title: it is the 2019 edition of the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogotà, Colombia, where she overtook the Australian Astra Sharma in three sets in the last game. Amanda also reached the final in Hiroshima in 2018, but was defeated in the final by Hsieh Su-wei with a score of 6-2 6-2.
The Coronavirus pandemic, which has now been underway for almost a year, has led to the deaths of just under 2 million people, infecting 89 million. In recent weeks, several vaccines have finally been approved, which hopefully will lower the danger of the virus allowing us to gradually return to normalcy of the past.
As for the Australian Open in Melbourne, starting in a month, Amanda Anisimova was able to reach the round of 16 two years ago, stopped by the Czech Petra Kvitova in two halves. The Tokyo Olympics will be held in 2021, postponed by twelve months due to the virus: the same fate also suffered by Wimbledon, canceled for the first time since 1945.
the WTA stars will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February: it will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season. It will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world.