Amanda Anisimova’s incredible rookie run at Indian Wells had to end sometime. On Tuesday, the 16-year-old succumbed to world No. 5 Karolina Pliskova, 6-1, 7-6 (2), in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.
The first set rapidly went in the Czech’s direction, with Anisimova looking little like the steady wild-card entry that swept aside the likes of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Petra Kvitova. To be fair, Pliskova was well-prepared for the task at hand, giving little away.
The American found her rhythm in the second set, even battling ahead to a 4-3 lead. It appeared she was having stomach problems as she called for a trainer and doctor. She was tended to somewhat inopportunely when she was up 5-4.
But Pliskova wasn’t going to let this go three sets, shutting out Anisimova in an eventual tiebreaker, 7-2. The entire time, Anisimova looked disgruntled with her play, a sign that shows she thinks she's capable of much better—which the former US Open finalist has proved she's capable of.
Overall, the BNP Paribas Open has been a tremendous showing for Anisimova. She won her first ever WTA main-draw match last week (over Pauline Parmentier), followed by two more huge wins. Her big serving game is only going to get better, and the tennis world is already fawning over her powerful two-handed backhand.
As for Pliskova, she advances to the quarterfinals where she awaits the winner of two unseeded rising stars, Naomi Osaka and Maria Sakkari.
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