We are now past the Round of 32 at the J&T Bank Ostrava Open held in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Where American Amanda Anisimova yet again leaves us disappointed after losing against her Belgian opponent Elise Mertens 2-6, 3-6. Here’s the highlight of it.
Elise Mertens dominates Amanda Anisimova from 1st set
The 24-year old Belgian professional dominated over the 19-year Amanda Anisimova in their first set of the Ostrava Open. What it looked like was that the latter was finding trouble in getting in the game from the very first serve. In that matter, Mertens took control of the situation and positioned herself comfortably for the next set, winning it 2-6. Whereas Amanda who was looking to get a win to her name, after a disappointing exit in the third round of the French Open against Simona Halep (6-0, 6-1), had a steeper road set ahead of her.
The second-youngest player in the Top 100, Amanda Anisimova looked eager to find her way back in the game. Mertens was confident.
Mertens In Amanda Out
It all came to an end for the American here in the Ostrava Open. And it only took an hour and 12 minutes for Mertens to secure her place in the Quarter-finals. Carrying ahead her confidence from the highly dominated first set, to taking full advantage of Anisimova’s less experienced, the 21st ranked Belgian sailed her way through with a breeze. For the American, it will be a long journey to get into the mindset of winning matches again.
Anisimova has now lost 6 consecutive matches, and also her chance to add a second WTA title to her name. Her only title is winning the Copa Colsanitas in Colombia three years ago (she was only 17 then). How far is the taste of victory for her?
Coming out from the defeat is always hard, but considering the support behind her, we can hope to see her find the rhythm soon. For the Belgian, it looks like a foundation of what to expect from her ahead. Concentration, precision, and execution. Ahead in the Ostrava Open, the tournament favorite World No. 6 Karolina Pliskova will play against the Russian Veronika Kudermetova tomorrow for a place in the semi-finals. Where Pliskova will only have the home advantage.