International Women’s Day Celebrated as Anisimova. Badosa, Fernandez, Halep, Jabeur, Osaka, Sabalenka & Sakkari Contest 10th Tie Break Tens Tournament
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (March 8, 2022) – The tenth edition of Tie Break Tens was held Tuesday with Amanda Anisimova claiming the title over Maria Sakkari in the Eisenhower Cup, a Tie Break Tens Event at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden’s Stadium 2.
Held on International Women’s Day, the female field was complemented by women in on-court roles for the event, including the stadium DJ (DJ Lady Kate) as well as the umpire and ball persons for the matches.
The final match was the closest of the evening. The 20-year-old Anisimova donated the first point with a double fault but bounced back by winning five straight points to hand Sakkari her first deficit of the evening. The American then held on to close out the match 10-7 with a service winner. Anisimova was a late addition to the field Tuesday following the withdrawal of Barbora Krejcikova due to an elbow injury.
“I really enjoyed this event. It was very fun,” Anisimova said. “Personally, I don’t like playing very long, so this was perfect for me. I would definitely do this again.”
In the semi-finals, Sakkari raced ahead by winning six of the first seven points against Aryna Sabalenka before prevailing 10-5. In the second semi-final, Anisimova stayed just ahead of Paula Badosa throughout to secure a 10-6 victory.
In the opening quarter-final, Sabalenka fought off a comeback effort from 2017 Madrid Tie Break Tens champion Simona Halep for a 10-7 win. Sakkari won the final five points of her first match to defeat Ons Jabeur 10-6. Badosa roared to a 10-3 win over Leylah Fernandez, the only left-handed player in the field. Anisimova dropped the first two points of her quarter-final before racing to a 10-3 win over Naomi Osaka.
2022 Eisenhower Cup Results
Aryna Sabalenka d. Simona Halep 10-7
Maria Sakkari d. Ons Jabeur 10-6
Paula Badosa d. Leylah Fernandez 10-3
Amanda Anisimova d. Naomi Osaka 10-3
Maria Sakkari d. Aryna Sabalenka 10-5
Amanda Anisimova d. Paula Badosa 10-6
Amanda Anisimova d. Maria Sakkari 10-7