American teenager Amanda Anisimova clinched a wildcard to next week's BNP Paribas Open with a quarterfinal victory at the Oracle Challenger Series event at Indian Wells.
WTA Staff
March 3, 2018

INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - By virtue of a 6-3, 6-3 victory over fellow American teenager Caroline Dolehide at the Oracle Challenger Series event at Indian Wells on Friday, Amanda Anisimova booked her spot in the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open next week.  

The 16-year-old reigning US Open junior champion will join Danielle Collins as a wildcard into the first Premier Mandatory event of the season in Palm Springs, as the pair were the two American women to accumulate the most points in the Oracle Challenger Series this winter.

After making her Grand Slam main draw debut at the French Open last year at the age of 15, Anisimova will make her main draw debut at a Premier Mandatory event next week. 

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Collins clinched the first wildcard into the first WTA Premier Mandatory event of the season after her first round victory, as she won the title in Newport Beach to go along with a quarterfinal showing this week. 

The 24-year-old Collins, a wildcard into this draw as well, fell to 2012 French Open finalist Sara Errani, who will next face Anisimova, on Friday, 6-4, 6-1.

On the other side of the draw, the lone remaining seed, Kateryna Bondarenko, defeated Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, to reach the last four.

Bondarenko and Wickmayer perhaps most famously played another quarterfinal on North American hard courts nearly a decade ago, in which the Belgian edged the Ukrainian at the US Open to reach the lone Grand Slam semifinal of her career to date. 

The No.4 seed will face Ajla Tomljanovic, after the Aussie defeated Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic by an identical score, 6-3, 6-3.

In the doubles final, the unseeded Wickmayer and Taylor Townsend with face No.3 seeds Jennifer Brady and Vania King after the two teams enjoyed contrasting passage into the final.

Wickmayer and Townsend needed a match tiebreak to upset No.2 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Vera Lapko, 6-2, 6-7(3), 10-6, while Brady and King ousted compatriots Dolehide and Alison Riske, 6-2, 6-3.