Angelique Kerber vs. Danielle Collins, Eastbourne R3 Preview

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nature Valley International, Eastbourne R3 Preview
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช (4) Angelique Kerber vs. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Danielle Collins

Angelique Kerber continues her Eastbourne campaign on Wednsday with a third round clash against the USAโ€™s Danielle Collins. Kerber enters this match as a strong favourite and rightfully so. However, Collins has made a habit of defying the odds in 2018, can the American claim another big scalp?

Angelique Kerber of Germany in action during the second round at the 2018 Nature Valley International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Kerber made a poor start to her grass court campaign last week in Mallorca where she suffered a shock opening round loss at the hands of Alison Riske. Nevertheless, the German rebounded strongly for her first round match in Eastbourne. Kerber received a bye through the opening round before producing a very impressive performance to defeat Dominika Cibulkova 6-3 6-3 in what was a high quality match. Grass has always been a surface Kerber has excelled on, if she finds her best form she will be one of the main contenders for the title this week.

Danielle Collins arrived In Eastbourne having never won o main draw match at the WTA tour level on a grass court. The American claimed her first win on grass by defeating local wild-card Katie Swan 6-3 3-6 6-3 before eliminating the 16th seeded Suarez Navarro with a 6-2 6-4 victory.

This will be the first career meeting between Kerber and Collins.

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Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Danielle Collins, Eastbourne R2 Preview

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Nature Valley International, Eastbourne R2 Preview
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ (16) Carla Suarez Navarro vs. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Danielle Collins

Carla Suarez Navarro and Danielle Collins will go head-to-head in an interesting second round clash at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne. Both Collins and Suarez Navarro arrived in Eastbourne without a win to their name on grass in 2018, in the last tournament before Wimbledon it is critical for both gain some confidence and momentum this week in Eastbourne before heading to SW19.

Danielle Collins of the United States in action at the 2018 Nature Valley International WTA Premier tennis tournament

The 16th seeded Suarez Navarro received a bye through the opening round in Eastbourne. The Spaniard has played just one prior tournament on grass this year, in Mallorca last week. Suarez Navarro suffered a disappointing straight set loss in Mallorca, beaten by Lara Arruabarrena.

Danielle Collins also suffered a disappointing loss in Mallorca last week, a straight set loss at the hands of Rebecca Peterson in the opening round. Collins managed to get back to the winners list in Eastbourne with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 opening round win over local wild-card Katie Swan, her first tour level victory on a grass court.

The only previous match between the pair took place earlier this year in Indian Wells, Suarez Navarro claimed a fairly comfortable 6-2 6-4 victory. The conditions in Eastbourne will be very different to those in Indian Wells, Collins seemingly has a greater chance on this quick grass court surface.

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Jelena Ostapenko vs Danielle Collins, Miami SF Preview

Miami Open, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿฌ๐ŸŒด SF Preview
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป (5) Jelena Ostapenko vs. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (Q) Danielle Collins

Thursdayโ€™s second semi-final from the Miami Open will feature an unexpected match-up as reigning Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko comes up against local qualifier Danielle Collins. Ostapenko has powered through the draw, defeating 2 top 10 opponents in row to reach the final 4 in Miami. Collins has also been impressive, collecting 7 victories on route to the semi-finals having come through the qualifying draw. Ostapenko had never previously won a match in Miami before this event whilst Collins is the first qualifier to ever reach the semi-final stage in Miami, two unlikely semi-finalists.

It has been a frustrating start to the year for Ostapenko but everything is falling into place for the world number 5 in Miami. Ostapenko arrived in Miami with a modest 4-7 win/loss record to her name in 2018 and had not even beaten a top 50 opponent. In Miami the Latvian has beaten 3 top 50 opponents, including 2 top 10 opponents. Ostapenko received a bye through the opening round before beating Timea Babos 6-4 6-4 and Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2 7-6. Ostapenko has really raised her level in her last couple of wins, a 7-6 6-3 win over Petra Kvitova and 7-6 7-6 over Elina Svitolina. The 20-year-oldโ€™s victories over Kvitova and Svitolina were both in difficult windy conditions, Ostapenko showed good mental fortitude to come out on top in all the critical moments in both of those matches.

The rise of Danielle Collins has been gobsmacking. Collins started the month having never won a main draw match of a WTA tour level event. Collins went on to reach the round of 16 in Indian Wells and is now into the semi-finals in Miami, meaning Collins is on the verge of reaching the top 50 in the rankings.

It has been a long journey to the semi-final stage for Collins. It started with straight set wins over Tereza Smitkova and Jana Cepelova in the qualifying draw and a comfortable opening round win over Irina-Camelia Begu. Collins battled through the middle stages of the event with 3 set wins over CoCo Vandeweghe, Donna Vekic and Monica Puig. Collins produced her most impressive performance of the event and indeed her entire career at the quarter-final stage as she easily disposed of Venus Williams, a 6-2 6-3 victory in her first match on the Stadium court. Collins could do nothing wrong, everything she tried worked on the night.

Thursday nightโ€™s semi-final will be the first tour level meeting between Ostapenko and Collins. Can Collins keep her dream run alive or will Ostapenko be too strong?

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