Simona Halep served 10 aces in the match with Amanda Anisimova and won after only 56 minutes of play, score 6-2, 6-1. The former WTA leader qualified for the semifinals of the grass tournament in Bad Homburg (category 250), the phase of the competition in which she will meet Bianca Andreescu.
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Patrick Mouratoglou’s student managed 31 winning shots (Amanda finished the match with 19) and made only 13 unforced errors (there were 31 in the account of the American, which was prepared at the beginning of the season by Darren Cahill).
- By qualifying for the semifinals of the Bad Homburg tournament, Halep secured a prize of 8,871 euros and 120 WTA points.
- Simona will duel for a place in the final of the tournament in Germany with Bianca Andreescu (63 WTA), Canadian sportswoman with Romanian origins
- Halep and Andreescu met once more, in 2019, and Simona won 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 at the Champions Tournament.
Simona Halep – Amanda Anisimova 6-2, 6-1, quarterfinals at WTA Bad Homburg
6-1 Amanda makes the pass to the net, but Simona passes it defensively. Ball sent down the double aisle. Simona’s ball lands in the corner of the field, Anisimova was next to her, but she didn’t make the right decision. Amanda’s too long ball – easy victory for Simona Halep.
5-1 Ace number 8. Simona sends a short kick, Anisimova catches the line with the lapel. The fourth double (so many have Amanda). Amanda’s return too long. Simona reaches 10 aces.
4-1 Simona is all over the field, Anisimova does not have the necessary answers. Another return that bothers the American. Amanda serves well to the outside and Simona sends in the net. Halep misplaced on return. Another gift from Simona. Amanda scores with the forehand.
4-0 The match continues with Simona at work. After a double mistake, Simona serves an ace. Precise shot by the American (30-30). Superb long linebacker of the former world leader. Return to the net.
Amanda asks for a medical timeout. His right wrist is consulted.
3-0 Anisimova starts the game with a double mistake. Simona returns very well, she doesn’t give her opponent any chance. The Romanian stretches for the ball, but arrives too late. Another double. Halep’s failed return (30-40). Reveret completely missed by the American.
2-0 Anisimova anticipates a soft second service and hits decisively. But he can’t do much on the first Romanian maid. Amanda makes mistake after mistake with her lapel. Simona defends herself well at first, but Amanda changes direction well. Simona builds well the point, but misses the decisive shot. Halep reaches a short uninspired opponent and passes it. Simona’s winning combination. Halep closes another game with an ace.
1-0 Simona continues the good game and back. Anisimova accelerates with her lapel and catches Simona. But her game is very fickle, another mistake. Rever sent far out of the American. Your good service. Simona breaks after a winning return.
6-2 Anisimova misses two returns in a row. Simona strikes in the extreme of the defense and the ball lands on the bottom line. Simona takes the step on the field and wins the first set after a white range.
5-2 Amanda has some problems at work, earning points when Simona misses the return. Missed volley-drive next to Amanda’s net. Anisimova makes too many mistakes – two break points for Halep. Amanda finds the sideline. Another double and Simona breaks away.
4-2 Simona serves excellently in this start of the match. Great shot in the corner of the field by Anisimova. Simona hits the forehand beautifully. The third ace of the Romanian. Followed by the second double mistake. Anisimova is aggressive and the game is extended (40-40). Ace number 4. The ball sent from the service by Halep passes through the opponent’s racket.
3-2 Anisimova serves Simona’s body. A soft shot from Simona stops in the net. Halep returns from 0-40, wins two points and puts pressure on this return game as well. But Simona misses the long-distance return.
3-1 Simona starts the game well. Halep quickly takes off at 40-0. Another ace for the Romanian.
2-1 Two points earned with the service of Anisimova. Amanda forces with the second service, but Simona returns well. Amanda does better in this game and scores on the table.
2-0 Anisimova returns to the net on Simona’s second service. Amanda forces Simona’s lapel and eventually the error comes. Another mistake with the Romanian’s lapel. Simona’s double mistake. Followed by an ace (30-40). Amanda misses a short, Simona equals 40. Simona’s good service. Halep returns from 15-40 and confirms the advantage.
1-0 Simona wins the first point of the match with a return in the opponent’s body. A long exchange won by Halep (0-30). After Anisimova gets her first point, the American sends out with the lapel. Another mistake by Amanda – break for Halep.
The match will be refereed by Isabell Seefried.
Amanda won the draw and chose to serve first.
The two players are on the field, the match will start in a few moments.
Simona and Amanda met twice more, each time at Roland Garros, and shared their victories: the American won in 2019 (6-2, 6-4), and the Romanian won in 2020 (6- 0, 6-1).
Who is Amanda Anisimova
Amanda was born on August 31, 2001, in Freehold, New Jersey, USA. He started playing after going to his sister’s training every day. So far, he has amassed 129 victories in his entire career and recorded 72 defeats.
He has two WTA trophies: Bogota (2019) and Melbourne (2022). He also reached the final of the tournament in Hiroshima (2018).
Anisimova currently ranks 25th in the world rankings. His best career ranking was 21st place in the WTA in October 2019. Over time, he raised $ 3,386,224 from tennis.
Simona Halep, the virtual route from WTA Bad Homburg
Round I – 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 vs. Katerina Siniakova
Optimi – 6-0, 6-3 vs Tamara Zidansek
Quarters – Amanda Anisimova
Semifinals – Bianca Andreescu
Final – Alize Cornet / Caroline Garcia.
Bad Homburg Open – Preparatory competition for Wimbledon
WTA 250 category competition, the tournament is played on the grass between June 19-25, 2022. It has total prizes of $ 251,750, and at the start there are 32 players on the main board. The title champion is Angelique Kerber, the title won last year.
After several withdrawals, the first five favorites from this year’s edition are Daria Kasatkina (1), Angelique Kerber (2), Simona Halep (3) and Amanda Anisimova (4).
WTA Bad Homburg 2022: Distribution of points and money
Round I: € 2,750 / 1 point
Optimi: € 3,737 / 30
Quarters: € 5,000 / 60
Semifinals: € 8,871 / 110
Finalist: € 15,922 / 180
Winner: € 26,770 / 280.