“I don’t think I’ve ever played so many three-set matches in one week, and in so many of them, I was down a set. That really helped my mental strength, and so I’m feeling really good mentally after getting through all these matches.
“I’ve played a lot on clay throughout my junior career, and a lot in South America, as well. I was feeling very confident, even if I wasn’t able to play the clay season last year because of my injury. I’m really excited to play on clay again because it’s my favorite surface. This is a huge boost for Europe.”
Planning to play a strong slate of tournaments starting at the Mutua Madrid Open and ending at Roland Garros, Anisimova will be a different player from the 15-year-old who made her Grand Slam main draw debut on the terre battue two years ago.
“I’m just getting started, and this was a great opportunity, so I’m really happy that I’m healthy this year. I’m really looking forward to Paris.”