American rising star Amanda Anisimova fought back from a set down to win her Second Round match, but did so with her late father in mind.
An 18-year-old Animisova made a name for herself at Wimbledon and the French Open last year as she burst onto the world stage.
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But tragedy struck after the shock death of her father and long-time coach Konstantin Anisimov, who suffered a heart attack just before the 2019 US Open.
Following her exit at the Australia Open, Anisimova broke down in a post-match media conference when asked how she was managing in her career without her father.
But after the coronavirus pandemic break, the now 19-year-old was facing adversity when an even younger opponent - 16-year-old Katrina Scott - was a set up.
Anisimova was able to fight back and take the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
And she it was the memory of her father that kept her going.
“I am getting a lot of memories from the juniors, when my dad was with me,” she told the reporter at the end of the match.
“And I had a match just like this, and I was down, and he was saying some encouraging words and it really helped me.
“I was just thinking about him the whole time and it was giving me a lot of energy to pump me up and keep myself going and I started playing really well.”
She later said: "I was just thinking of my dad the whole time and I didn't want to lose without putting up a fight.
Anisimova’s rise to tennis superstardom
Anisimova announced herself as a huge contender in 2019, upsetting defending champion and world No.3 Simona Halep in the quarter-finals of the French Open.
She then lost to eventual champion Ashleigh Barty in a dramatic final-four showdown, coming from 0-5 to win the first set before the Australian prevailed in a career-defining win.
Earmarked for a big future, Anisimova signed a mega long-term deal with Nike that was reported to be the largest ever for a teenager and comparable to that of former great Maria Sharapova's eight-year, $102 million deal.