MATCH REPORT | 2024 ASB Classic: Marie BOUZKOVA's commanding win over Amanda ANISIMOVA leads to quarterfinals

Wednesday, 03 January 2024 at 05:29
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The 5th seed, Marie Bouzkova, left no room for Amanda Anisimova, securing a decisive victory of 6-0, 6-1 in the second round of the 2024 ASB Classic in Auckland.
The American had made her comeback to the tour on January 1st with a triumph over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (7-5, 6-4), although after the match with the Russian, she admitted contemplating withdrawal due to back discomfort. On the other hand, the Czech player had a strong debut in the tournament by defeating Magdalena Frech (6-0, 3-6, 6-4).
The first set was a solo performance by Bouzkova, keeping her opponent on the defensive throughout. The Czech secured three consecutive breaks, winning 76% of service points and 68% of return points, ultimately taking the set 6-0 in just 20 minutes.
Anisimova struggled with numerous unforced errors in the set and had a challenging start in the second set, losing her service again, allowing Bouzkova to take a 3-0 lead with her serve. The 22-year-old American managed to win her first game, narrowing the gap to 3-1, but couldn't match Bouzkova's level.
In a mere 50 minutes of play, the Czech, ranked World No. 36, clinched a dominant 6-0, 6-1 victory, confidently advancing to the quarterfinals. Anisimova only won 22% of Bouzkova's service points, capturing a mere 30% of the total points contested. The American fell far short of the level she displayed against Pavlyuchenkova, raising questions about her physical condition.
Bouzkova is yet to discover her next opponent, which will be determined by the outcome of the match between the second seed Elina Svitolina and the 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu. On Anisimova's side, her next challenge will be at the Australian Open, marking her return to the main draw of a Grand Slam after a year. The former world No. 21 is set to make a comeback on the big stage.

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