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Anisimova vs Sharma WTA Bogota live streaming, preview and tips - Teenage sensation Anisimova faces first-time WTA finalist Sharma for Bogota title

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 14 Apr 2019
  • Amanda Anisimova vs Astra Sharma is live from Bogota at 11.00am local time on Sunday (5.00pm BST)
  • First career meeting between the pair
Amanda Anisimova (PA Images)

Either Amanda Anisimova or Astra Sharma will win a first WTA title on Sunday when they square off for the Claro Open Colsanitas silverware in Bogota, Columbia.

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Rising star Amanda Anisimova takes on 23-year-old Australian Astra Sharma in the Claro Open Colsanitas final in Bogota on Sunday.

Anisimova, one of the brightest young prospects in women’s tennis, has battled her way into the Bogota final after multiple three-setters this week, defeating former Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki 4-6 6-3 6-2 in the first round, before edging out Maria Camila Serrano 6-2 1-6 6-3 in the quarter-finals and Beatriz Haddad Maia 4-6 7-6(2) 6-2 in the semis on Saturday. Her lone straight sets win came in the second round when she beat Varvara Lepchenko 6-4 6-4. The 17-year-old fired 38 winners to 37 unforced errors in her win over Haddad Maia in the semi-finals, with the Brazilian falling away in the deciding set as she came undone by a whopping 49 unforced errors.

“It was another super tough match again, three sets,” Anisimova said after her win. “I’m just really happy with how I was playing and rising to each challenge. I’m really happy that I won.”
“She’s a great player, and I’ve never played her before,” she added. “I was expecting a really tough match, because especially on clay she’s really good. So this is a good win for me, I’m really happy about it.”

A former Roland Garros junior champion, Anisimova was born to Russian parents but grew up in the USA and is being touted as the future of American tennis - and from what we’ve seen so far, it’s not hard to see why. Anisimova became the youngest player to feature in the Roland Garros main draw since Alize Cornet in 2005 when she won the USTA Wildcard Challenge to enter the French Open in 2017, while she broke into the top 200 at just 15 years of age after winning her first professional title in Sacramento.

Anisimova went on to win the 2017 U.S. Open girls title over fellow American Coco Gauff, but she’s well and truly left the juniors behind and is making waves on the main tour, with her first big impact coming in 2018 as she snapped the 14-match winning streak of Petra Kvitova to make the fourth round of Indian Wells, eventually going down to Karolina Pliskova. A stress fracture to her foot would sideline Anisimova for the next few months after that, but she returned later in the year to make her first tour-level final in Hiroshima, while she’s already taken her game to another level in 2019, making the quarter-finals of Auckland and the fourth round of the Australian Open (beating Aryna Sabalenka along the way, in addition to her final here in Bogota. Can she win her maiden WTA title on Sunday?


Astra Sharma stands in her way. The Australian has advanced into her first WTA final in Bogota in impressive fashion, taking out Shelby Rogers and Magda Linette in the first two rounds before a quarter-final victory over former French Open finalist Sara Errani and a semi-final triumph over former Bogota champion and two-time runner-up Lara Arruabarrena. Sharma has dropped just one set on her way to the final and saved two set points in the opening set of her victory over Arruabarrena before completing a 7-5 6-1 win in just 66 minutes.

“I’m so excited to be in my first final, I’m so happy to be playing so well this week,” Sharma told reporters after her win. “I love Bogota, obviously, it’s playing really well this week. I can’t believe I’m in the final here, it’s unreal.”
“The most important thing this week has been keeping myself really good mentally,” Sharma said. “Staying calm, staying positive, not thinking too much or getting too negative on court. I’ve just been really solid and consistent, point by point.”

A former stand-out college player for Vanderbilt University, Sharma won three ITF titles last year and broke into the top 300 for the first time, ending the season at No. 225 in the world, and courtesy of her run in Bogota, she’s projected to rise to No. 102 in the world (and No. 86 if she wins the title). The 23-year-old has put together a stellar start to 2019, qualifying and reaching the second round of the Australian Open (and the final of the mixed doubles event with John-Patrick Smith), winning the ITF title in Irapuato and qualifying for the Charleston main draw for an overall record of 15-4, while she also won the doubles title in Bogota with compatriot Zoe Hives.

Unsurprisingly, this will be the first career meeting between the pair - but for me, Anisimova has got to start favourite. The 17-year-old has clay credentials from an early age and is blessed with a glorious backhand and powerful serve, while her aggressive nature also serves her well on the dirt. Sharma also has a great serve and is dangerous in the forecourt and will have to remain on the front foot herself if she wants to prevail, but I think this is Anisimova’s time to secure a first WTA title.


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