(Reuters) – American teenager Amanda Anisimova recorded her first top-level victory with a 6-2 6-2 thrashing of Pauline Parmentier at the BNP Paribas Open in California on Wednesday.
The 16-year-old’s poised and polished performance was in stark contact to the dismal display of Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who was humbled 6-3 6-4 by American qualifier Sachia Vickery.
Anisimova - Women - US - Open - Champion
Anisimova, the junior women’s U.S. Open champion, was stronger than the 32-year-old Parmentier in every facet of the game on the slow hardcourt in Indian Wells.
“It’s very exciting. I’ve worked really hard for this so I’m proud of myself,” Anisimova told Tennis Channel, adding that adjusting to the senior ranks had been more mental than physical.
Thing - Matches
“The biggest thing is being tough mentally. I’ve learned about how to just be stronger during matches.”
She will face Russia’s 23rd seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round.
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