Anisimova Advances, Ahn Stuns Mertens

August 1, 2019 10:24 PM

SAN JOSÉ, CA (August 01, 2019) -- Amanda Anisimova, the 17-year-old surprise semifinalist at the French Open earlier this year, breezed into the quarterfinals of the 2019 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic on Thursday. With a 6-2, 6-2, win over fellow American Madison Brengle in just 54 minutes, the No. 4 seed tallied her best result on a hardcourt on her home soil.

"I'm really happy to be transitioning back to hardcourts because it's one of my favorite surfaces," Anisimova said after the match. "I'm just going to enjoy this week. It was a little bit windy, but I got used to it, and I was just trying to find my game throughout the match."

In the quarters, the young American sensation -- currently ranked No. 23 in the world -- will face Zheng Saisai of China. Zheng rolled past No. 8 seed and semifinalist in San José last year Danielle Collins, 6-2, 6-0, to book her place in the last eight.

Qualifier Kristie Ahn continued her miracle run, upending No. 3 seed Elise Mertens in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Ahn, an NCAA champion as a member of the Stanford women's tennis team, scored her first Top 20 win with her victory over the 20th-ranked Mertens.

Ahn, who becomes the first qualifier to reach the quarters since Sachia Vickery in 2014, will go up against No. 5 seed Donna Vekic. The 23-year-old Vekic made her way past two-time Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka by a score of 6-4, 6-3, to seal the last spot in the quarterfinals.

"She started playing unbelievable," Vekic said on-court of her former World No. 1 opponent, "and I was a little bit slow and behind on almost every ball. I managed to get into the match, thank God, just in time, and I'm happy with how I played today."

No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka and No. 6 seed Carla Suarez Navarro kick off Friday's packed quarterfinal slate at noon, with the clash between top seed Elina Svitolina and 2018 finalist Maria Sakkari to follow. Vekic and Ahn will play in the last match of the afternoon, while Anisimova and Zheng will battle under the lights Friday night.

Now entering its 49th year, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is a weeklong WTA Premier event bringing the worlds of tennis and technology together in a festival of sports and entertainment. Highlighting the best the region has to offer, the tournament showcases locally sourced cuisine, fine wine and cheese selections, interactive fan exhibitions, premier hospitality options, and of course, incredible tennis action.
Featuring a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw the tournament boasts $876,183 in prize money and serves as the opening women's event of the US Open Series.
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