MELBOURNE, Australia — Amanda Anisimova is seen by many as the future of American tennis, but she sometimes yearns for a second opinion from a third eye.
She drives by so many psychic readers around her home in South Florida. “I always want to go in,” Anisimova, 17, said.
“I’m kind of scared, because I don’t want to know what my future is going to look like: I want it to be a surprise,” she added. “But I want to hear what they have to say.”
No clairvoyance was necessary to see Anisimova’s potential as she dominated 11th-seeded Aryna Sabalenka, 6-3, 6-2, on Friday to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open. That victory made Anisimova the first player born this century to reach the second week of a Grand Slam tournament, and the youngest American to do so since Serena Williams at the 1998 French Open.
Not all forecasts were accurate, however: Before the match began, a Tennis Australia “Win Predictor” graphic gave Anisimova only a 9 percent chance of beating Sabalenka, who was a popular pick to win the tournament among many pundits and the oddsmakers’ third favorite behind only Williams and Angelique Kerber.
“That’s a pretty rough number — I’m surprised by that,” Anisimova said. “But she’s a top player; she’s had such a great year. I was just playing really well, and she was playing really well, too. We had a great match, and it just ended up going my way today.”
Anisimova, ranked 87th, is likely to be undaunted by her next opponent: sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova, whom she beat last year in Indian Wells, Calif.
“Every player here is going to be great, and every round is going to be tough,” she said. “I just focus on myself, and I’m not really scared of anyone. I don’t fear anyone. I just have a lot of confidence in myself, and I’m ready for tough matches.”
Although Anisimova’s ability to dictate play against the ultra-aggressive Sabalenka gained more attention, one of her hardest matches came in her first round against the tricky veteran Monica Niculescu, who plays a game chock-full of funky slices that have driven many more established players crazy.
“There isn’t a teenager who would have won the first round against Niculescu besides Amanda,” said her agent, Max Eisenbud. “That match, until today’s match, was her most impressive win. The way Niculescu slices and throws everything at you, it was getting tight, and she was able to perform. A crafty, experienced girl who threw everything at her, and she still won in straight sets.”
Eisenbud also represents the player to whom Anisimova is most often compared: Maria Sharapova. While he said that comparisons between the two — blondes with Russian roots who stormed the tennis stage at a young age — were unfair to both, he observed that Anisimova and Sharapova did share a diligent work ethic and an ability not to be fazed in the biggest moments.
Frances Tiafoe, who also reached the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time on Friday, gushed over Anisimova, in his own way.
“It’s like she’s been a veteran,” Tiafoe said. “She’s going out here, and Sabalenka is playing great tennis — she routined her like it was nothing. It was barbecue chicken for her. It’s unbelievable.”
In her news conference Friday, Anisimova said that her confidence was growing.
“I believe in myself so much more than I ever did in this tournament,” she said. “It’s just trusting myself. That’s why I have been also playing really well.”
That confidence leads her to hope she can follow in Sharapova’s footsteps in another way: by becoming a Grand Slam champion as a teenager. Asked what her dream was for her career, Anisimova expressed a desire for instant gratification.
“I want to win this tournament — right now,” she said, smiling.
Anisimova, who broke through at the junior level by winning the 2017 United States Open girls’ title, complements her desire for immediacy with an uncommon curiosity about the past, expressing her admiration for Billie Jean King, the pioneer who played a formative role in getting women’s professional tennis off the ground.
“Back then it was so different and so difficult,” Anisimova said. “How much she worked, it was just crazy. Everything that she was doing just really surprised me. And that’s something also I remember: I tell myself I’m tired after an easy day — then seeing how much stuff she was doing? It was amazing how much she’s done for the WTA and women’s tennis.”
Modern issues are also a concern for Anisimova. She was particularly affected by the shooting last February that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., near where she trains.
“I’m not in a little tennis bubble,” she said. “The gun thing, it was so close to home. I know a girl who goes to that school, so it was just very scary. I just thought at the time — and I still think to this day — that guns are very dangerous and we shouldn’t be having them, using them.”
Anisimova was born in Freehold, N.J., but drew a blank when asked about the town’s most famous export. “Wait — Bruce who?” she asked. “Is he, like, old?”
After a few bars of “Born in the U.S.A.” were hummed and a brief description was provided, Anisimova acknowledged some faint recognition of Bruce Springsteen’s work but said it was unfair to expect more from someone born in 2001.
“Yeah,” she said, “how am I supposed to know that?”B:
北京pk拾赛车开奖直播网站【冯】【宇】【婷】【竟】【有】【些】【看】【呆】【了】，【她】【逼】【着】【自】【己】【转】【移】【视】【线】，【然】【后】【淡】【淡】【的】【问】【了】【一】【句】，“【昨】【晚】，【你】【救】【了】【我】？” 【左】【轮】【一】【听】【这】【语】【气】，【就】【知】【道】【她】【没】【事】【了】。【不】【过】，【他】【也】【习】【惯】【她】【这】【语】【气】【了】，【所】【以】【他】【继】【续】【好】【心】【情】【的】【道】，“【不】【然】【呢】？**【可】【不】【是】【年】【年】【有】【天】【天】【多】【的】？” 【冯】【宇】【婷】【淡】【淡】【的】【吸】【了】【一】【口】【气】，【然】【后】【冷】【静】【道】，“【谢】【谢】。” 【这】【是】【真】【心】【话】，【不】【管】【怎】
【柳】【苏】【是】【一】【名】【散】【修】，【实】【力】【一】【般】【刚】【刚】【突】【破】【到】【练】【气】【中】【期】，【平】【时】【靠】【着】【自】【己】【的】【实】【力】【补】【贴】【家】【用】，【今】【天】【因】【为】【庙】【会】，【所】【以】【他】【带】【着】【自】【己】【的】【妹】【妹】【刘】【卿】【准】【备】【来】【吃】【一】【顿】【好】【的】。 【可】【是】【他】【没】【有】【想】【到】【刚】【进】【来】【没】【多】【久】，【就】【见】【到】【在】【剑】【州】【这】【片】【地】【方】【臭】【名】【远】【扬】【的】【孙】【翔】【宇】【也】【走】【了】【进】【来】！ 【这】【个】【时】【候】【要】【是】【直】【接】【走】【反】【而】【可】【能】【更】【显】【眼】，【柳】【苏】【只】【能】【让】【自】【己】【长】【的】【还】【算】【可】【以】【的】
【战】【斗】【的】【号】【令】【一】【响】，【胖】【子】【的】【脸】【色】【就】【变】【了】，【立】【刻】【就】【朝】【着】【船】【舱】【的】【厨】【房】【冲】【了】【过】【去】。 “【我】【这】【边】【炖】【了】【鱼】【汤】，【我】【先】【去】【看】【看】，【你】【们】【等】【下】【忙】【完】【了】【有】【汤】【喝】，【我】.”【胖】【子】【的】【速】【度】【很】【快】，【一】【边】【说】【着】【话】，【一】【边】【人】【已】【经】【快】【冲】【到】【了】【船】【舱】【了】。 “【少】【废】【话】。”【西】【凤】【从】【船】【舱】【边】【儿】【冲】【了】【过】【去】，【顺】【便】【就】【把】【胖】【子】【逮】【在】【了】【手】【中】，【接】【着】【就】【朝】【着】【船】【尾】【冲】【了】【过】【去】。北京pk拾赛车开奖直播网站【糊】【纸】【盒】、【贴】【标】【签】、【串】【吊】【牌】……，【下】【午】，【小】【毛】，【小】【花】【和】“【四】【眼】”【又】【围】【坐】【在】【一】【起】【做】【手】【工】【劳】【动】。 【将】【模】【切】【好】【的】【纸】【板】【一】【摞】【摞】【放】【于】【饭】【桌】【上】，【用】【毛】【笔】【给】【两】【侧】【小】【边】【均】【匀】【刷】【上】【浆】【糊】，【再】【将】【刷】【过】【的】【纸】【板】【两】【边】【扶】【起】，【大】【边】【压】【小】【边】，【然】【后】【用】【橡】【皮】【筋】【绷】【紧】，【错】【角】45°【叠】【放】。【最】【后】【自】【检】【合】【格】【后】，【悬】【挂】【上】【标】【示】【牌】，【这】【样】【一】【个】【纸】【盒】【就】【基】【本】【完】【成】。 【小】
【林】【未】【带】【上】【苏】【筱】【月】【一】【起】【商】【议】【对】【策】【也】【是】【因】【为】【苏】【筱】【月】【的】【潜】【在】【战】【力】。 【或】【者】【说】【苏】【筱】【月】【体】【内】【的】【神】【魔】【之】【血】，【会】【是】【他】【们】【的】【一】【大】【助】【力】，【就】【连】【方】【扬】，【也】【为】【了】【能】【在】【与】【神】【策】【城】【交】【战】【之】【前】，【让】【苏】【筱】【月】【适】【应】【这】【股】【力】【量】，【特】【意】【在】【星】【梭】【船】【上】【为】【苏】【筱】【月】【护】【法】【了】【好】【几】【天】。 【对】【于】【苏】【筱】【月】【体】【内】【的】【那】【股】【力】【量】，【林】【未】【可】【是】【亲】【眼】【见】【识】【过】【的】，【在】【指】【断】【江】【上】，【一】【吼】【如】【魔】【神】
“【我】【需】【要】【付】【出】【什】【么】【才】【能】【得】【到】【这】【支】【药】【剂】？”【陈】【枫】【深】【吸】【一】【口】【气】，【平】【复】【了】【一】【下】【心】【情】【问】【道】。 【陈】【枫】【不】【是】【笨】【人】，【欧】【阳】【钰】【既】【然】【看】【出】【他】【对】【于】【这】【支】【药】【剂】【势】【在】【必】【得】，【还】【故】【意】【让】【他】【得】【到】【药】【剂】，【自】【然】【有】【其】【原】【因】，【不】【会】【无】【的】【放】【矢】。 “【保】【护】【我】，【离】【开】【这】【里】！【不】【惜】【一】【切】【代】【价】！”【欧】【阳】【钰】【言】【简】【意】【赅】。 “【你】【在】【开】【玩】【笑】【吗】？”【陈】【枫】【有】【些】【无】【语】。 【欧】