Amanda Anisimova has been one of the biggest giant-killers on the women’s tour this year and on Monday she showed why yet again, taking out Victoria Azarenka, 6-1, 6-4, to reach the quarterfinals of the WTA 1000 event in Madrid.

The 20-year-old American’s win over the No. 17-ranked Azarenka wasn’t just her fourth Top 20 win of the year, it was the milestone 10th Top 20 win of her career.

ANISIMOVA’S 10 CAREER TOP 20 WINS (ordered chronologically):
d. No. 9 Kvitova in 2018 Indian Wells 3rd Rd (hard)
d. No. 11 Sabalenka in 2019 Australian Open 3rd Rd (hard)
d. No. 11 Sabalenka in 2019 Roland Garros 2nd Rd (clay)
d. No. 3 Halep in 2019 Roland Garros QFs (clay)
d. No. 7 Svitolina in 2020 Doha 2nd Rd (hard)
d. No. 19 Riske in 2020 Cincinnati 1st Rd (hard)
d. No. 14 Osaka in 2022 Australian Open 3rd Rd (hard)
d. No. 5 Sabalenka in 2022 Charleston 3rd Rd (clay)
d. No. 4 Sabalenka in 2022 Madrid 1st Rd (clay)
d. No. 17 Azarenka in 2022 Madrid 3rd Rd (clay)

Having also beaten Sabalenka in the first round of Madrid, this is the second time Anisimova has beaten two Top 20 players at the same event—she also did it at Roland Garros in 2019, beating Sabalenka in the second round and Halep in the quarters.

Anisimova began 2022 ranked No. 78 and is already up to No. 33 even though we’re only four months into the year. Also among her highlights are winning her second career WTA title at the Melbourne Summer Set and reaching the semis of Charleston.