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At 17, Amanda Anisimova Bucks the Odds and Knocks Off a Seed

Though her ability to dictate play against the ultra-aggressive Sabalenka gained more attention, one of Anisimova’s hardest matches was in her first round, against the tricky veteran Monica Niculescu, who plays a game chock-full of funky slices that have driven many more established players crazy. “There isn’t a teenager who …

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Australian Open: Frances Tiafoe Upsets Kevin Anderson

MELBOURNE, Australia — Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson let a sizable lead slip away amid problems with his serving arm and lost to the 20-year-old American Frances Tiafoe, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5, in the Australian Open’s second round on Wednesday. Anderson was the runner-up at Wimbledon last year and the U.S. Open …

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Simona Halep Manages to Beat Kaia Kanepi, This Time

MELBOURNE, Australia — For Simona Halep, it was better to think that the United States Open wasn’t held last year. “Never happened,” Halep said, grinning. “That tournament didn’t exist.” Top-seeded Halep was ousted from that tournament within its opening hours, blasted off the court by Kaia Kanepi in a 6-2, …

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