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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Monday, July 4, 2022

The 20-year-old American is in her first quarter-final at Wimbledon and wants more.

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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Monday, July 4, 2022

20 years Amanda Anisimova has been somewhat under the radar since 2019, after a few years following the sudden death of his father and coach Konstantin in 2019. This devastating development alone would be enough to deflect the career of the strongest athlete, and it was ‘t all the talented American had to contend with.

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Anisimova has weathered several years of bad breaks, hard knocks and freak injuries, as well as the sudden departure of coach Darren Cahill from her team this spring.

All the hurdles Anisimova overcame to reach her maiden Wimbledon quarter-final this week, and the scintillating form she has displayed for much of this season, make her return to form even more impressive.

There’s a lot more to the young American than just one of the smoothest and deadliest backhands in the game today. There is also character, determination and mental toughness.

It all adds up – to a 29-9 record in 2022, including 13-6 in three sets and 7-6 against the Top-20 – and the best may yet be yet to come.

“I know I can do better,” Anisimova said Monday after dismantling France’s Harmony Tan in straight sets. “I’m excited for the next round because I want more.

“I’m not entirely happy with just a quarter-final because my goal this year has been to win a Grand Slam.

Anisimova, who made a Grand Slam semi-final at Roland Garros aged 17 in 2019, says she took the experience for granted.

“I think when I was 17 I didn’t really like going to the semi-finals as much as I probably should,” she said. “It just soaked in, I think, a year later, understanding what it was, how much it actually meant to me.

“Just having more than a year of not so good results, it really affects you. It motivates me a lot to train harder and work harder. But when you have losses every week in the first laps, it’s very hard to find that motivation. I just kept going. It just took longer than I thought. That’s why it means so much to me now to have had a great year this year .

Anisimova doesn’t talk much about her father’s sudden passing, at least not to reporters, but she made it clear on social media that he is still in her heart.

After winning the title in Adelaide this year, she made sure to mention it in a social media post:

“To my father, I miss you. Wish you could send me a funny text like you normally would after my win 🤣 but I know you’re proud of me ❤️ love you,” she wrote.

It’s nice to see Anisimova reaching her potential. And at 20, he still has plenty of time to build his game.

After dropping out of the top 80 for a while, it looks like Anisimova, currently ranked 25, has the potential to be a Top 10 player and, dare we say, a Grand Slam champion.

She will face 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep in the quarter-finals, a tough match for sure, as Anisimova was blitzed by Halep two weeks ago in Bad Homburg.

But four Wimbledon wins can change confidence, and Anisimova will have that going for her when she faces the Romanian on Wednesday.

Now, however it goes, things are clearly headed north for Anisimova, after a long period of turmoil. And that’s great news.

“I kept pushing myself even though it was like a kind of constant dissatisfaction, constantly losing in tournaments,” Anisimova said. “Yeah, I’m just happy with how I kept pushing myself and knowing that the hard work will eventually pay off. Even though it took a long time, I think I’ve made quite a bit of progress l last year, then it really started to show this year.