On Thursday, the 30th-ranked player in the world, Danielle Collins, smashed her way into the 2022 Australian Open final by defeating the seventh-seeded player in the tournament, Iga Swiatek.
Collins, the No. 27 seed, defeated the No. 9 in the world, Swiatek, 6-4, 6-1, to advance to her maiden Grand Slam final.
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Moving over her previous career high of No. 23 from January of this year. She had endometriosis surgery last March, and since then she’s won her first two WTA tournaments in Palermo and San Jose and has a 36-10 record overall.
“This feels incredible. It’s not something that happens overnight; rather, it’s been quite the trip. Years of practise, starting at a young age, have paid off. I am extremely thankful to be here despite the fact that I have had some health problems. I’m at the happiest place on earth, “remarked Collins.
“You witnessed my “Plan A” today, and I intended to use it to the fullest extent possible. I had to keep at it because it was producing excellent results for me today “Moreover, she remarked.
The 28-year-old Collins’ strategy was very evident from the start, as she banged a series of returns as hard and as deep as she could in an effort to completely overpower Swiatek with her superior first-strike tennis. Collins maintained her focus on this goal throughout the whole match, and the quality of her outstanding performance hardly dipped.
In contrast to her 13 unforced errors, she smashed 27 winners, seven of which came from the return. Collins was successful in defending her serve against Swiatek’s second serve 86% of the time.
However, Swiatek did not play a bad match, despite making the risky choice to serve repeatedly into Collins’ deadly backhand. In the first set, the Pole fell behind early because to Collins’ blistering start but fought back valiantly.
One of the breaks back was earned by Swiatek’s spectacular forehand winner, and after saving three set points to break Collins again, Swiatek was able to cut the lead to 5-3. At double set point, Collins served two aces, but Swiatek made two incredible saves. At set point three, Collins double faulted twice and lost the game.
Collins’ next opponent in the championship match, Ashleigh Barty, is ranked first and is widely considered to be an insurmountable obstacle for Collins. In four prior matches, she had lost three times to the Australian, although she won their most recent match 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of Adelaide last year.