American teenager Amanda Anisimova continued her stunning run at the French Open as she took out defending champion and third-seed Simona Halep 6-2, 6-4 to secure spot in Paris’ final four on Thursday.
The New Jersey-born Anisimova sealed the victory with a backhand winner up the line, and proceeded to drop her racket, looked up box and said, “What?” in disbelief.
“I don’t think it will sink in, at least not for today. It’s crazy,” she said. “I really can’t believe the result today. And getting the opportunity to play against Simona, that’s amazing. But how it ended is even crazier to me.”
The 17-year old needed just one hour and eight minutes to knock off last year’s winner, firing 25 winners and converting on four of seven break points, the final one coming on her first chance at match point.
Coming into Thursday’s match, Anisimova had already established herself as the first player born in the 2000s, both male or female, to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam.
Afterwards, Halep was complimentary of Anisimova and the nerves she displayed.
“She was pretty calm,” said Halep. “She showed that she’s able to do good things and big things.”
In the semifinals, Anisimova will meet eighth-seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia, the highest remaining seed in the tournament. Barty dispatched 14th seeded American Madison Keys 6-3, 7-5 in the day’s second quarterfinal.