Japan Women’s Open – Amanda Anisimova shocks No. 1 seed Zhang Shuai to reach final


17-year-old Amanda Anisimova defeated No.1 seed Zhang Shuai 7-6(4), 7-5 to reach the final of the Japan Women’s Open.

The American, who entered the competition as a qualifier, becomes the youngest player to reach a WTA final since 2013. She will face Su-Wei Hsieh on Sunday after the No. 2 seed beat Qiang Wang in an all-Chinese semifinal.

With a world ranking of 41, Shuai was the favourite to win the title in Hiroshima but Anisimova, who turned 17 just two weeks ago, was the surprise winner.

“She’s definitely a tough player, one of the toughest I’ve played,” Anisimova told the WTA website. “Overall, the match was really good — it was super-close and I was fighting for every point.

“I was just focusing on myself, that’s what I always do. As the match goes, then I just see where her weaknesses are and how to play against her.”

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