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Amanda Who? American Teen Puts Tennis World on Notice

Amanda Anisimova, 17, upsets defending champ and advances to semifinals
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2019 9:40 AM CDT
Amanda Anisimova of the US celebrates winning her quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Romania's Simona Halep.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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(Newser) – Even those who don't follow tennis might be hearing the name Amanda Anisimova a lot over the coming days—and beyond. Anisimova is a 17-year-old American who just pulled off an enormous upset at the French Open: She knocked off defending champ Simona Halep of Romania in fairly easy fashion, 6-2, 6-4, reports ESPN. Now the 51st-ranked Anisimova will move on to the semifinals. More about the rising star:

  • Jersey girl: Anisimova was born in Freehold, NJ, but raised in Florida, reports the New York Post. Her parents moved to the US from Russia in 1998, three years before she was born, and she now lives in Aventura, Fla., reports USA Today.
  • The irony: Anisimova's parents emigrated to give older daughter Maria a better opportunity in tennis. Maria would go on to play college tennis at Penn, but, as the New York Times notes, it was younger sister Amanda who would turn out to be the prodigy. The story notes that Anisimova's main coach in her early years was her self-taught father, Konstanin.

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