Anisimova stuns Halep


17-year-old Amanda Anisimova put on a bold performance to oust Simona Halep.

Amanda Anisimova©Nicolas Gouhier / FFT

American teenager Amanda Anisimova delivered an impressive upset on Thursday by ending the title defence campaign of world No.3 Simona Halep in the Roland-Garros quarter-finals.

The 17-year-old Anisimova, who is the first player - male or female - born in the 2000s to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final, dismissed last year's champion Halep 6-2, 6-4 in 1hr 8min

Anisimova is making just her second Roland-Garros main draw appearance and faces Ashleigh Barty in the last four.

She is the youngest American woman to make a Grand Slam semi-final since Venus Williams placed runner-up at the US Open in 1997, and is the youngest American woman to reach the last four at Roland-Garros since Jennifer Capriati in 1990.

With 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova also in the Roland-Garros semi-finals, this is the first time two teenagers have made it into the last four at a Grand Slam since the 2009 US Open (Caroline Wozniacki R-Up at 19), Yanina Wickmayer SF at 19).