“There isn’t a teenager who would have won the first round against Niculescu besides Amanda,” stated her agent, Max Eisenbud. “That match, until today’s match, was her most impressive win. The way Niculescu slices and throws everything at you, it was getting tight, and she was able to perform. A crafty, experienced girl who threw everything at her and she still won in straight sets.”
Eisenbud additionally represents the participant to whom Anisimova is most frequently in contrast: Maria Sharapova. While he stated comparisons between the two — blondes with Russian roots who stormed the tennis stage at a younger age — are unfair to each, he noticed that Anisimova and Sharapova do share a diligent work ethic and a capability to not be fazed in the largest moments.
Frances Tiafoe, who additionally reached the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time on Friday, gushed over Anisimova, in his personal manner.
“It’s like she’s been a veteran,” Tiafoe stated. “She’s going out here, and Sabalenka is playing great tennis — she routined her like it was nothing. It was barbecue chicken for her. It’s unbelievable.”
In her information convention Friday, Anisimova stated that her confidence was rising.
“I believe in myself so much more than I ever did in this tournament,” she stated. “It’s just trusting myself. That’s why I have been also playing really well.”
That confidence leads her to hope she will be able to comply with in Sharapova’s footsteps in one other manner: by changing into a Grand Slam champion as a teenager. Asked what her dream was for her profession, Anisimova expressed a want for fast gratification.
“I want to win this tournament — right now,” she stated, smiling.
Anisimova, who broke by way of at the junior degree by successful the 2017 United States Open women’ title, enhances her want for immediacy with an unusual curiosity about the previous, expressing her admiration for the pioneering ladies’s tennis participant Billie Jean King, who performed a formative position in getting ladies’s skilled tennis off the floor.