Latest 26 Nov 2019

Outstanding Anisimova added to all-star ASB Classic

by Rhonda Karl
Outstanding Anisimova added to all-star ASB Classic

18-year-old rising star Amanda Anisimova will return to the ASB Classic in 2020. The young American is one of the most promising teenagers on tour and has shot up the rankings to sit just outside the top 20.

Last year, Anisimova became the youngest player ranked inside the top 100. This season the tenacious teen stepped it up again by capturing her first WTA title at Bogota and making her first semi-final of a Grand Slam event at Roland Garros.

At an age where she could play in the junior event, Anisimova shock the tennis world by storming past world No 3 Simona Halep 6-2, 6-4 in the quarter-final of Roland Garros. This also saw her become the youngest woman to reach the final four since Nicole Vaidisova in 2006. In the semi-final Anisimova lost to eventual winner Ashleigh Barty who would go on to become world No 1.

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ASB Classic tournament director Karl Budge is thrilled to have Anisimova return to Auckland.

“There have been a number of junior players who have promised so much but haven’t quite delivered on their potential, so to watch Amanda surpass those expectations this year is incredible, and we can’t wait to have her back at the ASB Classic” said Budge.

The talented American reached the quarter-final of the ASB Classic in her debut appearance this year after being granted a wild card to the main draw by tournament organisers. She then went on to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open as well as another two quarterfinals in San Jose and Mallorca.

Currently ranked 24 in the world, Anisimova is expected to be seeded for the 2020 tournament when the full fields are confirmed tomorrow (Wednesday 27 November), along with Bianca Andreescu (No 5) and Serena Williams (No 10), with defending champion Julia Goerges (No. 28) and teenage sensation Coro ‘Coco’ Gauff (No.68) also confirmed to be taking to centre court this January.

The ASB Classic will span for two weeks; the Women's tournament kicking off from 6-12 January followed by the Men’s tournament from January 13-18 2020. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketek and you can purchase tickets either online, over the phone on (0800 842 538) or in person at one of the agencies listed on the event website.

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