Amanda Anisimova Storms Back After Losing 1st set Against Magda Linette at Volvo Car Open 2021

Published 04/05/2021, 1:52 PM EDT
Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – Amanda Anisimova of the U.S in action during her second round match against Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill


The Volvo Car Open 2021 has commenced and Amanda Anisimova was up against Magda Linette in the very first round. In an exciting contest, it was Anisimova who made an incredible comeback. The final scoreline of the match was 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.

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Amanda Anisimova looked quite comfortable during the match and was able to absorb pressure. Across the court, Magda Linette committed quite a lot of mistakes and gave away too many points. As a result, the Polish player suffered defeat in the very first round.

Set-1: Magda Linette shocks Amanda Anisimova

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Serving first, Anisimova didn’t have an ideal start as Linette broke in the very first game. However, the American player struck back by breaking in the next game to equalize the scoreline at 1-1.

Melbourne, Australia – 21 January 2020 – USA’s Amanda Anisimova (21) during her round one match on court 19. (Photo by Rob Keating)

But Linette broke yet again and attained a 3-1 lead soon with the help of an amazing forehand. Even though Anisimova was trailing, she didn’t give up early and leveled the scoreline soon at 3-3.

The Polish player broke yet again and extended her lead to 5-3 at the end of the eighth game. Trouble was increasing for Anisimova, but she performed brilliantly under pressure yet again and brought the scoreline to 5-5.

Linette was also not ready to give in as she broke for the fourth time, and this time won the subsequent game as well to seal the set 7-5.

Set-2: Amanda Anisimova strikes back

Anisimova began the second set in style as she won three straight games after breaking her opponent’s serve. With the help of some beautiful serves and returns, she was back in the match with a bang.

Even though Linette tried to put up a fight, she stood nowhere near the mighty Anisimova. She managed to bring the scoreline to 5-2 after breaking in the seventh game. However, it was too late for her in this set.

Anisimova broke for the third time and conquered the set 6-2.

Set-3: Game, Set, Match for Anisimova

Anisimova carried forward her momentum and won four back-to-back points to seal off the first game. However, Linette struck back and equalized the scoreline in the next game.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. in action during her third-round match against Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The American had gained her form back and was not ready to give it up. She broke in the fourth game and took her lead to 3-1 and also won the next game to extend her lead to 4-1.

Even though Linette tried to fight back as she did in the first set, Anisimova didn’t make any mistakes this time. The World No.33 player won the seventh game with an almost perfect backhand winner and was not just one game away.

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Even though the Polish took the subsequent game, it didn’t take Anisimova long to seal the match as she won the subsequent game, took the set 6-2, and thus won the match.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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