American Teenager Amanda Anisimova Stops Petra Kvitova’s Winning Streak at BNP Paribas Open
(March 11, 2018) INDIAN WELLS, California – American wildcard, Amanda Anisimova became the first 16-year-old to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open since 2005 on Sunday when she beat ninth seed Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-4. The win, which is the biggest one in her very young career, breaks the two-time Wimbledon champion’s winning streak at 14 in a row.
This was just her fifth main draw WTA tour match.
“It’s feels so crazy, I’m really shaking right now,” Anisimova said in her on-court interview after the match. “It’s the biggest stage I’ve ever played on and the strongest player I’ve ever played against. It’s just crazy.”
“She’s an amazing player, I’m pretty sure she was on a like 15 matches winning streak,” she added. “I was so nervous by tried to play my best”.
Anisimova discussed the key to her game.
“In the beginning of the second set, I was missing more, and my serve wasn’t really going, but then on the changeover, I was trying to settle down and just focus.”
Asked why her game is so strong she said to media: “I’m really aggressive, and I like to take the ball away. So I feel like opponents have a tough time, you know, managing my power sometimes. I think that’s a big advantage I have.
“But last year in some of the big matches, like at French Open main draw, you know, I have had some matches where mentally I wasn’t really there. So I had to really work on that last year.
“I feel like this is a good start for me.”
The remarkable teenager has already knocked out a seed, No. 23 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the last round is the reigning US Open Junior champion.
She’ll play the winner of the match between No. 5 seed Karolina Pliskova and No. 32 seed Zhang Shuai.
More to follow…..