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17-year-old American Anisimova impresses at Australian Open

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By HOWARD FENDRICH

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Hopefully, she won't be another Sharapova! I wonder if she will also be come unusually rich and adored by Americans and around the world with a so-so record simply because she isn't Serena "Queen of Tennis" Williams.

Those companies betting on the wrong athlete when they thought Sharapova was an actual rival to Mrs. Williams. LOL!

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@Silvafan

Best legs in the game

It's the way the 87th-ranked Anisimova — there is no one younger in the WTA's top 100 — is doing it, with clean and dangerous shotmaking and impeccable court coverage.

Take the shot — shot of the match? Of the tournament? Of the year so far? — that she produced at 3-0, 15-all in the second set.

It was a 12-stroke exchange in which Sabalenka held the upper hand throughout, steering Anisimova from corner to corner. It culminated with one sprint by Anisimova to her right for a forehand, then a sprint to her left for a backhand, followed by yet another switch of direction for a sprint back to her right. Her momentum carried her well wide of the doubles alley as she conjured up a "How did she do that?!" squash-like forehand that looped past Sabalenka and somehow landed in a corner for a winner

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And she was knocked this weekend. Sharapova is another Russian that she does not want to emulate!

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