A 17-year-old American pulled off a shocker at Roland Garros on Thursday.
Amanda Anisimova stunned third-ranked Simona Halep in the quarterfinals at the French Open, cruising in straight sets to a 6-2, 6-4 victory. The win was Anisimova’s first against a top-five player, and it secures her first trip to the semifinals at a major championship.
The 17-year-old will next face Australian Ashleigh Barty in the semifinals.
But just who is this young American, who beat the defending French Open champion before her 18th birthday?
Here’s a quick look at Anisimova, and how she got to this point.
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American Amanda Anisimova celebrates victory during her quarterfinal match against Simona Halep at the French Open. (Photo: Clive Mason, Getty Images)
New Jersey born, Florida raised
Anisimova is the daughter of Russian immigrants Konstanin and Olga, who moved to the United States in 1998 in order to provide more tennis-related opportunities for the oldest daughter, Maria, according to The New York Times.
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