Anett Kontaveit vs. Danielle Collins, US Open R1 Preview

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?? (14) Anett Kontaveit vs. ?? Danielle Collins

An in-form Anett Kontaveit begins her 2020 US Open campaign with a first round clash against America’s Danielle Collins. Kontaveit has been one of the most consistent performers since the tour restart and will be keen to keep building on that positive form at Flushing Meadows. The feisty Collins will have other ideas.

Kontaveit has won 7 matches over her first few events back. The Estonian reached the final on clay in Palermo before transitioning nicely to the hard courts of New York where she reached the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open. Kontaveit could have gone further as she pushed Naomi Osaka all the way in a tight 3 set match that she could have easily won. Kontaveit reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open earlier this year in what was her best ever result at a Grand Slam, another strong run at a Grand Slam looks to be on the cards for the 24-year-old.

Danielle Collins enters this opening round match with contrasting form to her opponent. Collins hasn’t won a match since the tour restart, the American suffered a frustrating straight set victory in the opening round of the Western & Southern Open, beaten by Jill Teichmann. Collins was involved in several exhibition events while the tour was postponed, the majority of those matches ended in a loss for former Australian Open semi-finalist.

This will be the first career meeting between the pair.

All signs point to a Kontaveit victory here. Kontaveit is in far better form and will be confident she can get the job done here. Kontaveit has been playing at a high level for the majority of the season, the 26-year-old is developing well under the guidance of coach Nigel Sears. Collins is a dangerous opponent when she is on a roll, but that is certainly not the case here, Collins is lacking in confidence as she hasn’t won an official tour match since January. Kontaveit’s more clinical game should get the job done fairly comfortably.

Prediction: Anett Kontaveit to defeat Danielle Collins in 2 sets
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Danielle Collins vs. Yulia Putintseva, Eastbourne R1 Preview

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?? Danielle Collins vs. ?? Yulia Putintseva

An interesting opening round clash In Eastbourne sees two of the WTA tour’s feistiest competitors do battle as Danielle Collins takes on Yulia Putintseva. This will be the first career meeting between Collins and Putintseva, expect a drama filled contest between these two.

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in action during her quarter-final match at the 2019 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Danielle Collins will be playing her first grass court tournament of the season this week in Eastbourne, her first event since a second round exit at Roland Garros earlier this month. Collins has very limited experience on grass, the American’s run to the quarter-finals in Eastbourne last year was the only time she has won main draw matches on grass.

Yulia Putintseva arrives in Eastbourne in good form after a run to the quarter-finals in Birmingham last week. The Kazakh made a good start to her grass court season in Birmingham as she notably claimed a straight set second round victory over Naomi Osaka, her first ever victory over a number 1 ranked player. Grass is traditionally Putintseva’s least preferred surface but she has certainly improved on the surface and will have gained a huge confidence boost from her win over Osaka.

Neither player will take a backwards step in this one, who will prevail?

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Caroline Garcia vs. Danielle Collins, Australian Open R3 Preview

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?? (19) Caroline Garcia vs. ?? Danielle Collins

The 19th seeded Caroline Garcia and America’s Danielle Collins will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the third round stage of the Australian Open on Friday. Garcia heads into this clash as a strong favourite, Garcia is the far more established player, especially at this level but Collins has made a habit of defying the odds and will fancy her chances here.

Caroline Garcia of France in action during her second-round match at the 2019 Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Garcia has cruised into the third round at Melbourne with a couple of straight set wins. Garcia started the event with a 6-2 6-3 win over Jessika Ponchet before defeating Zoe Hives 6-3 6-3. In truth Garcia has had a very favourable draw and that continues in the next round with a match-up against the unseeded Collins.

Danielle Collins arrived at Melbourne Park having never won a Grand Slam main draw match. The American’s first win at a Grand Slam was a special one, a 2-6 7-6 6-4 win over the 14th seeded Julia Goerges. Collins back-up her win over the German nicely with a reasonably comfortable 6-3 7-5 win over Sachia Vickery.

This will be an interesting match-up because of the contrasting styles between the pair, the class of Garcia against the scrappy American. Can Collins cause another big upset to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time?

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Aryna Sabalenka vs. Danielle Collins, US Open R1 Preview

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?? (26) Aryna Sabalenka vs. ?? Danielle Collins

Aryna Sabalenka enters the final Grand Slam of the year as one of the form players on tour. Sabalenka comes up against America’s Danielle Collins in the opening round at Flushing Meadows. Sabalenka brings a heap of momentum to New York after a great couple of weeks where she reached the semi-finals in Cincinnati and claimed her first career title last week in New Haven.

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in action during her quarter-final match at the 2018 Western & Southern Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Sabalenka has won 11 of her last 13 matches and is on a high after winning the New Haven title just a few days ago. Sabalenka is playing outstanding tennis of late, beating several quality opponents on route to the title in New Haven and in other deep runs of late. Sabalenka has beaten 4 top 10 players in the last few weeks and several other former top 10 opponents. When Sabalenka’s game is firing she has proven that she can beat anyone. This will be Sabalenka’s first appearance in the main draw in New York.

Daniella Collins has been unable to push on after her great results in Indian Wells and Miami earlier this year. Collins arrives in New York fresh from back-to-back losses in Cincinnati and New Haven. Collins did however have a good result a few weeks ago in San Jose where she managed to reach the semi-finals. Collins has never won a grand slam main draw match.

This will be the first career meeting between the pair.

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Jelena Ostapenko vs Danielle Collins, Miami SF Preview

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?? (5) Jelena Ostapenko vs. ?? (Q) Danielle Collins

Thursday’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-old’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 night’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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