Cahill-Led Anisimova Wins 2nd Career Title, Outlasts Sasnovich In Melbourne
After a difficult few years, Amanda Anisimova is smiling and winning again. The American won her second career title Sunday at the Melbourne 2 event outlasting qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.
Her previous title came at 2019 Bogota over 2.5 years ago, and this event was her first WTA semifinal in two years.
“To start off the year playing my first tournament with a title, it’s a really amazing feeling,” Anisimova said. “I think Sasha was playing extremely well today, so it was a very difficult match, and I just had to grit my teeth into this one, just fight for every single point.”
The Belarussian actually led 3-0 in the final set before Anisimova roared back winning six of the last seven games.
“I went down 3-0 in the third set, but she was just playing really well, and if she were to win that match, props to her for playing well, and I couldn’t do anything that day,” she said. “But I just kept fighting, and I’m really happy that I could stay calm and try and play better tennis. I think I started playing more aggressively, and that’s what got me my win today, so I’m just extremely happy.”
It was also revealed this week that the 20-year-old Anismova is working with super coach Darren Cahill on a trial basis.
“Tennis can be a difficult journey at times but I’m so blessed and grateful to have the people in my life that I have. They put a smile on my face every single day,” Anisimova said.
“I’m in such a good headspace now, even after an incredibly tough year, so it’s just so good to start off the year in a good place and winning a title.
“I couldn’t ask for anything more, so I’m just happy that all my work has paid off,” she added. “I’m just super grateful.”
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