In the intriguing battle that took place third on Grandstand, we saw the young sixteen-year-old American Amanda Anisimova fight through momentum swings and a fall to get the 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win over the Chinese Qiang Wang to reach the second round of the Miami Open for the first time. All three sets were really contrasting with the women playing well and baldy and different points throughout the match without much consistency.
There were nerves to start from Amanda Anisimova as some errors meant she faced two break points in the first game but after saving them with great point construction she settled in. Qiang Wang, on the other hand, struggled to settle in as she hit three double faults in her first service game which forced her to save break points and then again she had to save break points at 2-1 after some strong Anisimova returning. The pressure kept mounting for Wang as anything short was being lapped up and eventually after Anisimova had got a third straight hold with accurate and deep ball-striking, she broke Wang for 4-2, who started to hit a few loose errors under the pressure of Anisimova’s groundstrokes. There was an improvement in Wang’s next service game as she hit powerful first serves but it was fruitless as Anisimova served out the 6-3 set with the single break.
The second set was drastically different from the first for both women in different ways. It was rather tight at the start as they served well with some unreturnable returns to hold for 1-1 but after that, it fell away from Amanda Anisimova quickly. She showed some signs of frustration at 1-1 but then that translated into her game when she was serving at 1-2 down and she hit some double faults and looked to be rushing more as Qiang Wang took her first break of serve for 1-3. Nothing changed from Anisimova as the errors kept flying off her racquet and Wang had the perfect response to try to make her game watertight and wait for her opponent’s errors. A particularly poor game from Aminisova came when she was serving at 1-4 and she hit two double faults and barely got a ball in as she was broken before Wang served it out confidently.
Amanda Anisimova was astounding in this decider as she not only showed off her ability with the strokes but also her mental strength. Anisimova restarted with a new game plan to bring in the margins and aim more for the middle but with more power. This took Qiang Wang by surprise because she couldn’t figure out immediately how to adapt so she got broken rather easily and quickly and Anisimova was leading by a break at 3-0 with Wang serving. At this moment, mid-game, the American took a nasty fall which required immediate treatment for her ankle. When Anisimova returned, she had again adapted her game as, despite Wang’s hold from 3-1, Anisimova was going for broke as she kept points short. That, along with Wang errors, is what took her to the break at 4-2, and after she saved break points for 5-2 she then played a flawless game to break reign victorious.