With a few back-to-back wins under her belt, Amanda Anisimova feels like she’s moving forward at the National Bank Open.
The 19-year-old American advanced to the second round of the women’s tournament in Montreal on Monday after her opponent, Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic, retired with Anisimova leading 6-1, 4-3.
Anisimova said she feels she’s on a rhythm after advancing to the main draw in Montreal through the qualifying tournament.
“I think it was good to have a couple of games in (the playoffs),” he said. “I have a couple of games to back me up and give me some confidence in the main draw.”
Wins have been tough to come by recently for Anisimova, who entered Montreal with a 9-11 record on the year.
He was a rising star in 2019, peaking in his career at No. 21 on the WTA Tour. He had his greatest success on clay with a victory at the Colsanitas Cup in Colombia and a run to the semi-final of the French Open.
Following the death of her father, who was also her coach, Anisimova withdrew from the 2019 US Open and only played two more events that year. In the years since, back and ankle injuries have taken their toll. Anisimova entered the National Bank Open in 86th place.
She hopes to put those injury problems behind her.
“Now I have a good physical trainer,” he said. “I have been working with Rob Brandsma. I think he has done very well for me.
“I feel better and stronger. Hopefully I can build on that this year. I’m looking forward to this season and the US Open.”
In an early match on center court, Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic convincingly defeated No. 29 Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-1, 6-3.
Siniakova converted seven of her 10 break opportunities against Ostapenko, who did herself no favors by hitting six double faults.
That match was played in front of a crowd, as Tennis Canada is allowing 5,000 fans for each of the day and night sessions on center court in Montreal, and 4,500 per session in Toronto.
In other matches in Montreal, Greece’s 11th-seeded Maria Sakkari advanced when Marie Bouzkova retired from the Czech Republic. Sakkari was up 6-4, 3-1 at the time.
“Well, you know, it was a little bit, it was shocking when I walked onto the court and there was a crowd,” Sakkari said. “I haven’t seen that since Roland Garros. That was really nice. ”
France’s Oceane Dodin defeated fourteenth seed Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, and thirteenth seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia defeated Clara Burel of France 6-1,
Romanian Sorana Cirstea beat American Alison Riske; Nadia Podoroska from Argentina defeated Magda Linette from Poland; Spain’s Paula Badosa defeated Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland and Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia advanced when her opponent Fiona Ferro of France retired.
Leylah Fernandez from Laval, Que., And Rebecca Marino from Vancouver were scheduled to play the evening session.
In the men’s tournament in Toronto, Marin Cilic of Croatia fired 13 aces in a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Spaniard Albert Ramos-Viñolas, while Ugo Humbert of France beat Lorenzo Sonego of Italy 6 -3, 6 -4.
Italian Fabio Fognini defeated German Jan-Lennard Struff in three sets, while Australian qualifier James Duckworth defeated American Taylor Fritz in straight sets.
Brayden Schnur of Pickering, Ontario, and Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver were scheduled to play later Monday.
In doubles action, Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime and Laval’s Alexis Galarneau, Que., Fell 6-4, 7-6 (6) against Russians Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev.
“To be honest, I thought we played a good game,” Auger-Aliassime said. “You know, they played well in the first set. We made little mistakes.
“Then in the second set it was really unfortunate. We missed some crazy shots in the tiebreaker that we shouldn’t have taken, but that’s right. It happens.”
Auger-Aliassime will play her first singles match on Wednesday after getting a goodbye in the first round.