It’s confirmed. We’ll have a new RG champion after Amanda Anisimiova dispatched of Simona Halep in straight sets 6-2 6-4, and at the same time looked like the experienced player compared to a 17-year-old in her first GS quarterfinal.
Anisimova is a Clear Talent
To be honest I though Halep would win in two today. Anisimova has clear talent and will be a future star for sure but I thought today would be a little bit too soon for her to really enter the big stage.
How wrong was I?
Amanda seems to find it so easy to generate power on both sides. Granted she was helped today by an awful Halep who fed balls back to her short and in the middle of the court, but the young American was blasting some epic winners as she stormed to victory.
Things got a bit tight in the second set and Halep pulled it back to 4-4. Most other champions would take advantage of the youngster’s nerves (which are completely understandable) and take the second set. Not Simona today though.
She was terrible and deserved to lose.
Up against Anisimova in the SF is Ashleigh Barty. The Aussie continues to go from strength to strength. She’s having a great year and is now pulling out some excellent wins on what is her worst surface, an echo of Konta on the other side of the draw who is also ripping up the script.
Barty will surely trouble the young American with her slice and try to not give her the rhythm she’ll like. She came through her match against Keys in straight sets, facing only one break point and won 11 of 12 net approaches. It was a tidy perfomance.
Barty is now 31-6 this year and 9-2 on clay. When she starts the match as favourite she is an even more impressive 30-2, with her two defeats coming against Mladenovic in Rome which was a shock defeat, and Kerber in the Hopman Cup at the start of the year.
She is one of the most reliable players around at the moment and keeps repaying the faith the market puts in her to make her favourite.
She will be the fave against Anisimova. Will this mean she reaches her first French Open final or will the fearless young star have something to say about it?
With Vondrousova in the other semi-final, we have a chance of an all-teen final. She’ll have to deal with Konta first who was a serving machine the other day beating Sloane Stephens. She must’ve been possessed by John Isner to drop just one point in the entire second set (a df).