Meet 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova who pulled off shocker over Simona Halep at French Open

A 17-year-old American pulled off a shocker at Roland Garros on Thursday.

Amanda Anisimova stunned third-ranked Simona Halep in the quarterfinals at the French Open, cruising in straight sets to a 6-2, 6-4 victory. The win was Anisimova's first against a top-five player, and it secures her first trip to the semifinals at a major championship.

The 17-year-old will next face Australian Ashleigh Barty in the semifinals.

But just who is this young American, who beat the defending French Open champion before her 18th birthday?

Here's a quick look at Anisimova, and how she got to this point.

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American Amanda Anisimova celebrates victory during her quarterfinal match against Simona Halep at the French Open. (Photo: Clive Mason, Getty Images)

New Jersey born, Florida raised

Anisimova is the daughter of Russian immigrants Konstanin and Olga, who moved to the United States in 1998 in order to provide more tennis-related opportunities for the oldest daughter, Maria, according to The New York Times.

Maria went on to play tennis collegiately at the University of Pennsylvania — but Amanda quickly grew into a star.

Born in Freehold Township, New Jersey, in 2001, Amanda later moved to Florida, where many professional tennis players live and train. She now lives in Aventura, Florida.

Why tennis?

Anisimova told WTA's website that she was inspired to pick up the sport by her aforementioned older sister. But she also loves the individual nature of the sport.

"In tennis, you don’t have to depend on anyone," she told WTA's website. "I did gymnastics as a kid, and I liked that too, because I only had to depend on myself.

"It’s not like it’s all about me, but at the end of the day, if I won or lost, I knew what I had to improve, and couldn’t rely on a team."

A rapid ascent

Anisimova actually made her French Open debut two years ago, earning a wild-card spot when she was just 15. She also won one title that year on the ITF Women's Circuit, which is a developmental level below the WTA.

Last year, in her first professional season, she climbed to No. 95 in the world with a handful of solid performances, including a runner-up finish at the Hana-Cupid Japan Women's Open in Hiroshima and a run to the fourth round at Indian Wells.

Anisimova then reached the Round of 16 at the Australian Open in January, where she lost to Petra Kvitova. She was ranked No. 51 in the world entering play at Roland Garros.

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