Fixation: Amanda Anisimova versus Shelby Rogers.
Date: August 5, 2022.
Tournament: Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic 2022.
Venue: San Jose, United States.
Category: WTA 500.
Timing of matches: Not before 7 p.m. local time, 2 a.m. GMT, 10 p.m. ET, 7:30 a.m. IST.
Prize money: $757,900.
Live broadcast: United States – Tennis Channel | UK – Amazon Prime Video.
Amanda Anisimova vs. Shelby Rogers preview
Amanda Anisimova and Shelby Rogers will face off in an all-American quarterfinal at the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose, USA on Friday.
2019 French Open semi-finalist Anisimova is enjoying a new campaign after struggling for consistency over the past two years. She started the season triumphant at Melbourne Summer Set 2 and backed it up with a run in the fourth round of the Australian Open.
The 20-year-old also had an impressive swing on clay, reaching the semi-finals in Charleston and the quarter-finals in Madrid and Rome. She also qualified for the round of 16 at Roland Garros.
Anisimova continued that momentum beyond that as well. She made the last eight at her next two tournaments in Bad Homburg and Wimbledon and repeated the feat at the Silicon Valley Classic this week.
The world No. 22 began her campaign in San Jose with a straight-set victory over wildcard Ashlyn Krueger. In the second round, she showed remarkable determination and resilience to come back from a set down to knock out eighth seed Karolina Pliskova.
World No. 45 Shelby Rogers hasn’t been as consistent as Anisimova this season but has had some spectacular wins nonetheless.
The two-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist made the last eight of her first tournament of the season in Adelaide. It took him five more months to reach another quarter-final. It happened at the grass-court Libema Open, where she knocked down Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina en route to the semi-finals.
Rogers again remained silent before finding her form this week in San Jose. The 29-year-old put in some scintillating performances to beat former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu and top seed Maria Sakkari in straight sets.
She will be looking to add to her impressive set of results by beating Anisimova to secure a place in the last four.
Amanda Anisimova vs Shelby Rogers head to head
Rogers has a clear 2-0 lead over Anisimova in their head-to-head, with both wins coming in three sets. While their first meeting was in Charleston in 2021, their last confrontation was in Miami earlier this year.
Amanda Anisimova vs. Shelby Rogers odds
(All odds are from Oddschecker).
Amanda Anisimova vs Shelby Rogers Prediction
Although Anisimova is ranked higher than her opponent, Rogers enjoys a slight advantage in this battle, having already beaten her young compatriot twice.
She was in top form all week and also spent less time on the pitch than Anisimova. His serve and aggressive play were the backbone of his success in San Jose.
Rogers served four aces against Andreescu before producing 10 aces en route to upset Sakkari. Both times she had a great first-strike game, winning 76% of her first-serve points.
Rogers will look to take the same approach against their next opponent and try to break their rhythm by also making frequent forays into the net.
It’s imperative that Anisimova serves well and maintains her offense early on if she is to earn her first win over Rogers. Against Pliskova, she spat seven double faults, a repetition of which could be fatal for the youngster.
Anisimova has the talent to make it difficult for Rogers. However, the older American has better on-court movement and supreme physical form, which could tip the scales in her favor, especially in key moments.
Take: Shelby Rogers in three sets.