Tennis: American teenager Anisimova upsets Svitolina in Qatar

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 2, 2019 Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. in action during her first round match against Romania's Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

(Reuters) – American teenager Amanda Anisimova claimed the third victory of her career over a top-10 player on Monday by stunning fifth seed Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-3 in the Qatar Open second round.

Anisimova, who last beat a top-10 opponent on the way to her first Grand Slam semi-final at the French Open last year, struck 27 winners in a display of relentless aggression and saved all three break points on her own serve.

Svitolina, who finished the 2019 season as runner-up to Ash Barty at the WTA Finals, has struggled this year, having reached just one quarter-final at the Thailand Open after a third-round Australian Open exit.

The Ukrainian struggled to land her first serve during most of the contest and her poor shot selection ultimately proved her undoing.

Anisimova, 18, will next meet either former world number two Svetlana Kuznetsova or Polish teenager Iga Swiatek.

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