BOGOTÁ, Colombia - American teenager Amanda Anisimova scored her first win on the clay this spring courtesy of a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Sabine Lisicki at the Claro Open Colsanitas.
The No.6 seed was slow to start against the former Wimbledon finalist and wildcard, dropping the first set in 32 minutes and hitting double the unforced errors to winners.
However, Anisimova recovered across sets two and three, and eventually out-steadied the German in the end of the match, winning the last four games after the decider began with four straight breaks between the two.
After losing her opening match on green clay at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston last week to eventual semifinalist Petra Martic, Anisimova tallied her first win on the terre battue in nearly two years, having missed the clay-court swing in 2018 with an ankle injury.
The 17-year-old withstood 10 aces from the big-serving German over the course of 92 minutes, getting a better read on Lisicki's delivery as the match progressed.
After winning just six points on return in the opening set, Anisimova created nine break point opportunities in the second and third sets, and won five of Lisicki's service games.
Anisimova progresses to a second-round meeting with compatriot Varvara Lepchenko, who was among other winners on opening day in the Colombian capital.