Wonderkid Amanda Anisimova ‘happy’ to play back-to-back days after stunning Simona Halep

Amanda Anisimova continued to exceed her own expectations as she surged into the semi-finals of the French Open.

Anisimova shocked the defending champion Simona Halep with an array of fine attacking tennis to triumph 6-2, 6-4.

The 17-year-old becomes the youngest American women’s player in a Grand Slam semi-final for nearly 22 years since Venus Williams at the 1997 US Open.

“If I didn’t look nervous is because I wasn’t. “I was just super excited and I was really happy with the opportunity,” Anisimova exclaimed happily.

“This is more than I could have asked for.”

Two of the women’s semi-finals were played on Thursday after showers and weather disruption on Wednesday heavily impacted the men’s and women’s scheduling.

The women’s semi-finals have now been put back a day to Friday, meaning Anisimova and her semi-final opponent Ashleigh Barty will both have to play two consecutive days.

“Actually, I’m really happy that I get to play tomorrow,” she said.

“I don’t have to wait a whole day, because I get really eager to want to go on the court, so I’m happy I get to play tomorrow.”

Britain’s Johanna Konta will take on Czech teenager Markéta Vondrousova in the other semi-final.

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