American Sensation Amanda Anisimova Pulls Off Another Upset, Advances in Melbourne

Amanda Anisimova American teen that beat Aryna Sabalenka in Australian Open

The 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova has been preparing herself for the biggest tennis stages since she was eight, overpowering much older and developed rivals and polishing her game in preparations for the WTA debut.

Anisimova will meet either No.8 seed Petra Kvitova, who she beat at Indian Wells a year ago, or Switzerland's Belinda Bencic on Sunday for a place in the quarter-finals. "And these are the kinds of matches I train for".

On a rainy afternoon that saw the roofs closed on the three main courts, and play delayed on smaller arenas, Sharapova advanced to face No. 15 Ash Barty of Australia, while 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens beat No. 31 Petra Martic 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) and now meets Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russian Federation.

Sharapova is seeded only 30th at Melbourne Park, where she won the 2008 title for one of her five Grand Slam trophies but hasn't been past the quarterfinals since 2015. "I'll never forget the birthdays here in Australia". "She's a great person off the court".

Young American Frances Tiafoe extended his stellar run at the Australian Open with a 6-7 (3) 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-3 third round victory against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi on Friday.

Also advancing was the man Federer beat in last year's final, Marin Cilic. But having fired 27 aces, Verdasco's serve let him down at the crucial moment, and he fell 4-6 3-6 6-1 7-6 (8) 6-3 after a four-hour 18-minute classic at Margaret Court Arena. Tiafoe now meets No. 20 Grigor Dimitrov, who is being coached by Andre Agassi.

The entire tennis world had the opportunity to see her enormous talent, abilities and determination a year ago at Indian Wells when she reached the fourth round at the age of 16, although her progress had to be put aside after a nasty leg injury in Miami that sidelined her for four months. Kerber moved into a fourth-round match against American Danielle Collins, who beat No. 19-seeded Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2. The Czech missed the last six months of 2018 due to a back issue but has since returned to form, reaching the final of the Qatar Open earlier this month. Anisimova has yet to lose a set in the Grand Slam tournament, also notably taking down Tsurenko, 6-0, 6-2.

Next for Sharapova is a matchup against Australia's Ashleigh Barty, who beat Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-1 to equal her best showing at any major tournament.



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