With a score of 6-7(4) 6-2 6-1, Amanda Anisimova defeated Coco Gauff in three sets and advanced to the Wimbledon fourth round. She was playing on the centre court for the first time, and she didn’t disappoint.
She got off to a slow start, which wasn’t unusual considering how energetically she plays and how long it takes to settle into a smooth groove. Coco Gauff took an early 3-0 lead but dropped four straight matches to fall behind Anisimova, 4-3. It was 4-4 after a pair of poor misses, and Anisimova gained an early 4-1 lead in the tiebreak.
“A huge privilege to play on this court”- Amanda Anisimova
Anisimova then dropped six straight points, dropping the tiebreak 7-4, while missing a few relatively simple strokes. With 26 unforced errors in the first set, which was simply too many, she still lost a relatively close match. Gauff was in jeopardy if Amanda Anisimova managed to better control her shots, which she did.
She comfortably defeated her opponent 6-2 in the third set to force a decider, and she outplayed Gauff a little bit more in the final set. Overall, she made only 15 more unforced errors in winning those two sets 6-2 and 6-1. She gave a fantastic performance, demonstrating that, under the right circumstances, she is capable of winning the competition. She celebrated the victory in a way that made it clear how much it meant to her.
“It’s my first time playing on Centre Court,” she said in her on-court interview. “It’s the most special day I think of my career. It’s just a huge privilege to play on this court. I was so excited and playing Coco, she’s an amazing player and just got to the finals of a Grand Slam.”
“Before the match, I was just trying to prepare myself to really soak in this moment, whether I win or lose. But winning today is just so special and I’m very grateful for this experience, especially in front of a full crowd,” she added.
Hailing from the City of Joy, Pritha is a tennis writer at FirstSportz. Being an avid fanatic of Steffi Graf and Rafael Nadal, she is currently looking forward to learning more and thriving further in the field. Besides tennis, she fancies football and NBA and is a die-hard Liverpool fan. Currently, she is pursuing her Bachelor's in Botany from the University of Calcutta.
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