Amanda Anisimova explains what propelled her to win in tight Melbourne final

Rising American star Amanda Anisimova, 20, said it feels amazing to start the year with a title.

Anisimova, a former world No. 21, edged out Aliaksanda Sasnovich 7-5 1-6 6-4 in the Melbourne Summer Set 2 final. 

Anisimova, who entered the week ranked at No. 78 in the world, captured her first WTA title since 2019. 

Anisimova was fightining hard the whole week in Melbourne as three of her five wins came in three sets. 

Anisimova found herself in a tough sport at the start of the third set as Sasnovich was 3-0 up.

However, Anisimova kept her focus as she broke Sasnovich in the fifth and ninth game to overturn the deficit and book a three-set win. 

Anisimova happy she was able to stay calm and win 

“To start off the year playing my first tournament with a title, it’s a really amazing feeling,” Anisimova said, in her post-match press conference, per the WTA website

“I think [Sasnovich] was playing extremely well today, so it was a very difficult match, and I just had to grit my teeth into this one, just fight for every single point.

“And I went down 3-0 in the third set, but she was just playing really well, and if she were to win that match, props to her for playing well, and I couldn’t do anything that day. But I just kept fighting, and I’m really happy that I could stay calm and try and play better tennis. I think I started playing more aggressively, and that’s what got me my win today, so I’m just extremely happy.”

Anisimova was accompanied by Simona Halep’s ex-coach Darren Cahill this week in Melbourne. 

“We’re just starting out & getting to know each other. We’ll see how it goes and hopefully it could become a long-term thing. I’m hoping that will be the case,” Anisimova revealed, per WTA Insider.