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Danielle Rose Collins (born December 13, 1993) is an American professional tennis player. She played collegiate tennis at the University of Virginia and won the NCAA singles title twice, 2014 and 2016, during her sophomore and senior years. Collins finished her career at Virginia in 2016 as the top-ranked collegiate player. She made a significant breakthrough in the WTA Tour when she reached the semifinals of the 2019 Australian Open.

Danielle Collins
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Collins at the 2016 US Open
Full nameDanielle Rose Collins
Country (sports) United States
Born (1993-12-13) December 13, 1993 (age 25)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Turned pro2016[1]
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeUniversity of Virginia
CoachStijn DeGier
Prize money$1,743,028
Singles
Career record121–73 (62.37%)
Career titles0 WTA, 1 WTA 125K, 4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 23 (January 28, 2019)
Current rankingNo. 32 (April 15, 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (2019)
French Open1R (2018)
Wimbledon1R (2018)
US Open1R (2014, 2016, 2018)
Doubles
Career record7–11
Highest rankingNo. 364 (January 28, 2019)
Current rankingNo. 384 (March 18, 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
Wimbledon1R (2018)
US Open2R (2018)
Last updated on: March 24, 2019.

Contents

CareerEdit

2009–2017Edit

In 2009, Collins played her first events on the ITF Women's Circuit. She won her first ITF singles title in 2011.[2]

She did not play any professional matches in 2013 and 2015.

Collins made her WTA Tour main-draw debut as a wildcard at the 2014 US Open in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, where she forced second seed Simona Halep to a third-setter in the first round.[3]

In mid-2016, she turned fully professional, and until 2017, she won a total of three ITF singles titles.

2018: Breakthrough and top 50Edit

Collins started the year reaching the third round of the qualifying rounds at the Australian Open before being outclassed by Denisa Allertová, in two sets. However, she received a wildcard at the WTA 125K tournament at Newport Beach, and claimed the title there, which saw her rise to a career-high ranking at that time of 120.[4]

Another impressive run at another WTA 125K tournament, this time in Indian Wells, saw her reach the quarterfinals and thus earn a wildcard at the BNP Paribas Open, a Premier Mandatory tournament that also takes place in Indian Wells. There, she won her first ever WTA match against compatriot Taylor Townsend, before beating world No. 14 Madison Keys in straight sets,[5] followed by a victory over Sofya Zhuk. Although her run ended in the fourth-round to former world No. 6 Carla Suárez Navarro, Collins made her top-100 debut, jumping from No. 117 to No. 93.[6]

Getting through the qualifying rounds at the Miami Open, Collins beat world No. 37 Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets before upsetting two-time major semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe in three sets. Victories over Donna Vekić and Monica Puig followed, before she earned the biggest victory of her career, beating her idol, former world No. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, who was the eighth-ranked player coming into their encounter.[7] With this win she became the first qualifier ever to reach the semifinals at the Miami Open.[8] She then faced sixth seeded Jeļena Ostapenko and lost in straight sets, despite having a set point in the first set. Making it to the quarterfinals in Monterrey, Collins broke into the top 50 for the first time.

2019: First major semifinalEdit

Her rise continued at the Australian Open. Prior to the tournament, she had never won a match at a major event. After upsetting 14th seed Julia Görges in a tough first-round match, Collins won her next three matches in straight sets; first against Sachia Vickery, then against 19th seed Caroline Garcia. In the round of 16, Collins pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament, dominating the second seed and three-time major champion Angelique Kerber in straight sets. She thus reached the quarterfinals, where she defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets. In the semifinals, she lost to eighth seed Petra Kvitová in two sets.

Personal lifeEdit

Danielle is a daughter of Walter and Cathy Collins. She graduated from Northeast High School, St. Petersburg, Florida, in 2012. As a high school player, her junior ranking was good enough to get her a scholarship from the University of Florida. After her freshman year, she transferred to the University of Virginia (UVA). She won the NCAA singles title in her sophomore and senior years.

She graduated from UVA with a bachelor's degree in media studies and business.[9]

Her postgraduate plan was to play professional tennis and attend business school. [10]

WTA 125K series finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jan 2018 Newport Challenger, United States Hard   Sofya Zhuk 2–6, 6–4, 6–3

ITF finalsEdit

Singles: 8 (4–4)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments (0–0)
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments (0–1)
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments (0–2)
$25,000 tournaments (3–1)
$10,000/$15,000 tournaments (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (2–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Oct 2011 ITF Williamsburg, United States $10,000 Clay   Nika Kukharchuk 6–1, 6–3
Win 2–0 Oct 2016 ITF Stillwater, United States $25,000 Hard   Caroline Dolehide 1–0 ret.
Loss 2–1 Oct 2016 Tennis Classic of Macon, United States $60,000 Hard   Kayla Day 1–6, 3–6
Loss 2–2 May 2017 LTP Charleston Pro, United States $60,000 Clay   Madison Brengle 6–4, 2–6, 3–6
Loss 2–3 May 2017 ITF Naples, United States $25,000 Clay   Claire Liu 3–6, 1–6
Win 3–3 Jun 2017 ITF Bethany Beach, United States $25,000 Clay   Lauren Embree 6–1, 6–0
Loss 3–4 Nov 2017 RBC Pro Challenge, United States $80,000 Hard   Kristie Ahn 4–6, 4–6
Win 4–4 Nov 2017 ITF Norman, United States $25,000 Hard   Sachia Vickery 1–6, 6–3, 6–4

Doubles: 2 (0–2)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments (0–0)
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments (0–0)
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments (0–1)
$25,000 tournaments (0–1)
$10,000/$15,000 tournaments (0–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2017 Boyd Tinsley Clay Court Classic, United States $60,000 Clay   Madison Brengle   Jovana Jakšić
  Catalina Pella
4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Loss 0–2 May 2017 ITF Naples, United States $25,000 Clay   Taylor Townsend   Emina Bektas
  Sanaz Marand
6–7(1–7), 1–6

Singles performance timelineEdit

Current through the 2019 Italian Open

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A Q3 SF 0 / 1 5–1
French Open A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Wimbledon A A A Q1 1R 0 / 1 0–1
US Open 1R A 1R Q1 1R 0 / 3 0–3
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–3 5–1 0 / 6 5–6
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A A 1R 4R 3R 0 / 3 4–3
Miami Open A A A A SF 3R 0 / 2 6–2
Madrid Open A A A A 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2
China Open A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar Open A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Italian Open A A A A 2R 2R 0 / 2 2–2
Canadian Open A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Cincinnati Open A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Wuhan Open A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
National representation
Fed Cup A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 1–0
Career statistics*
Tournaments 1 0 1 1 17 10 30
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 17–17 13–10 30–30
Year-end ranking 950 N/A 299 167 36 50%

* only WTA Tour main-draw and Fed Cup results

Record against top 10 playersEdit

Collins' match record against players who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who are active in boldface.
Only WTA Tour main draw matches are considered.

Opponent Highest ranking Matches Won Lost Win % Last match
  Venus Williams 1 1 1 0 100% Won (6–2, 6–3) at 2018 Miami QF
  Victoria Azarenka 1 2 1 1 50% Lost (1–6, 2–6) at 2019 Acapulco 1R
  Angelique Kerber 1 2 1 1 50% Won (6–0, 6–2) at 2019 Australian Open 4R
  Caroline Wozniacki 1 2 1 1 50% Won (7–6(7–5), 0–0 ret.) at 2019 Rome 1R
  Simona Halep 1 1 0 1 0% Lost (7–6(7–2), 1–6, 2–6) at 2014 US Open 1R
  Garbiñe Muguruza 1 1 0 1 0% Lost (4–6, 6–4, 2–6) at 2019 Rome 2R
  Naomi Osaka 1 2 0 2 0% Lost (4–6, 2–6) at 2019 Indian Wells 3R
  Vera Zvonareva 2 1 1 0 100% Won (6–1, 6–4) at 2019 Madrid 1R
  Petra Kvitová 2 2 0 2 0% Lost (6–7(2–7), 0–6) at 2019 Australian Open SF
  Caroline Garcia 4 1 1 0 100% Won (6–3, 6–2) at 2019 Australian Open 3R
  Jeļena Ostapenko 5 1 0 1 0% Lost (6–7(1–7), 3–6) at 2018 Miami SF
  Carla Suárez Navarro 6 2 1 1 50% Won (6–2, 6–4) at 2018 Eastbourne 2R
  Madison Keys 7 1 1 0 100% Won (6–3, 7–6(7–1)) at 2018 Indian Wells 2R
  Julia Görges 9 1 1 0 100% Won (2–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–4) at 2019 Australian Open 1R
  CoCo Vandeweghe 9 1 1 0 100% Won (6–3, 1–6, 6–1) at 2018 Miami 2R
  Timea Bacsinszky 9 2 1 1 50% Lost (3–6, ret.) at 2018 Tianjin 1R
  Ashleigh Barty 9 1 0 1 0% Lost (1–6, 6–1, 1–6) at 2019 Madrid 2R
  Aryna Sabalenka 9 1 0 1 0% Lost (0–6, 6–4, 4–6) at 2018 US Open 1R
  Daria Kasatkina 10 1 0 1 0% Lost (2–6, 3–6) at 2018 Rome 2R
Total 26 11 15 42.31% * Statistics correct as of 17 May 2019

Wins over top-10 playersEdit

Season 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score DCR
2018
1.   Venus Williams No. 8 Miami Open, United States Hard Quarterfinals 6–2, 6–3 No. 93
2019
2.   Angelique Kerber No. 2 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard 4th round 6–0, 6–2 No. 35

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ itatennis.com
  2. ^ "Danielle Collins Bio". WTA Tennis. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "2018 US Open Spotlight: Danielle Collins". US Open. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Juzwiak, Jason (January 28, 2018). "Collins claims Newport Beach title over Zhuk". WTA Tennis. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  5. ^ Han, Don (March 11, 2018). "WTA Indian Wells: Wildcard Danielle Collins shocks Madison Keys in straight sets". VAVEL USA. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  6. ^ Nguyen, Courtney (March 12, 2018). "Getting to Know: Danielle Collins ready for impact". WTA Tennis. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  7. ^ "Danielle Collins tops idol Venus Williams at Miami Open quarterfinals". ESPN.com. Associated Press. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  8. ^ "Wta Miami - Danielle Collins shocks Venus Williams and makes history". Tennis World. March 29, 2018.
  9. ^ Lakic, Vanja (January 23, 2019). "From UVA to the Australian Open Final Four: How Danielle Collins Broke Through". www.si.com. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  10. ^ "2015-16 Women's Tennis Roster: Danielle Collins". virginiasports.com. University of Virginia Athletics. Retrieved January 24, 2019.

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