American teen Anisimova out of US Open after father's death | AP sports

Amanda Anisimova has been rocked by the death of her father. Pic Getty

Amanda Anisimova has been rocked by the death of her father. Pic Getty

Rising American teen tennis star Amanda Anisimova is withdrawing from the upcoming U.S. Open after the sudden death of her father, her agent said Tuesday.

Anisimova beat Wimbledon champion Simona Halep on her way to the last four of the French Open, before losing in three sets to eventual victor Ashleigh Barty.

The world No.24 and 2017 US Open junior champion looked to be a danger in Flushing Meadows after she upset defending French Open champion Simona Halep to reach the semi-finals of that tournament earlier this year.

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The WTA sent its "deepest condolences" to the teenage Tennis player when confirming the news of her father's death on Twitter. "We appreciate the outpouring of love and support during this hard time and ask that you respect our privacy", the family said in a statement. She, however, was beaten by eventual victor Ash Barty in the final four stage.

Anisimova, who was born in New Jersey to Russian parents and moved to Florida when she was 3, is now ranked 24th and would have been seeded for the U.S. Open. The teenager also missed the Canadian Open and Cincinnati Masters owing to her back injury.

Her first WTA title came in April at Bogota, Colombia.

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