INDIAN WELLS, Calif.—Amanda Anisimova certainly knows how to make an entrance. Having never before won a match at the WTA level before this week, the 16-year-old picked up two victories to reach the third round—where she then put an emphatic end to world No. 9 Petra Kvitova's 14-match win streak. In just over an hour, Anisimova won, 6-2, 6-4 and became one of BNP Paribas Open's biggest stories.
"I’m shaking right now," Anisimova said after the shocking result. "This is the biggest stage I've ever played on against the strongest person I've ever played in a tournament. It's just crazy."
Anisimova won her first-ever WTA main-draw match at last week in Indian Wells in straight sets against Pauline Parmentier. Faced with a stiffer challenge in her next match against No. 23-ranked Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Anisimova didn’t blink, winning again in straights. On Sunday, instead of being fazed by her first Top 10-opponent, the world No. 149 brushed Kvitova off with remarkable confidence.