“Hitting the Ball Really Clean”: Danielle Collins on Her Fairytale Run on the Tour As She Enters San Jose Finals

Published 08/08/2021, 6:15 AM EDT
Mar 24, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Danielle Collins of the United States hits a forehand against Kristina Mladenovic of France (not pictured) in the first round of the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


American tennis player Danielle Collins has been in the headlines for all the right reasons lately. She won the 32nd Palermo Ladies Open a couple of weeks ago and now is in the final of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.

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After winning her semifinal match, Danielle Collins reflected on the high-quality tennis that she has displayed in recent weeks. She credited her tough opponents who have helped raise her levels. She also feels pretty confident and is happy with the way the shots are being executed.

Mar 24, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Danielle Collins of the United States reacts after winning a point against Kristina Mladenovic of France (not pictured) in the first round of the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Jose finalist stated, “I made some improvements along the way in this tournament,” Collins told the media, following her win. “I think part of the reason I was hitting my shots so well today is because of all the tough opponents I’ve had to play over the last couple days, and how hard I’ve had to work for every point.”

Danielle Collins is in top form

Collins swept past her semifinal opponent, Ana Konjuh in straight sets. In fact, the Croatian player managed to win just two games during the match. The American player was clinical, registering more winners and fewer unforced errors than her opponent.

Mar 24, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Danielle Collins of the United States reaches for a forehand against Kristina Mladenovic of France (not pictured) in the first round of the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Reflecting on the match, Collins further added, “I’ve played so many hard-hitting opponents who run down ball after ball, so I came out feeling like I was hitting the ball really cleanly, and playing with confidence really the entire way through.”

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Later today, Danielle Collins will take on Daria Kasatkina. The Russian player has looked in good form this week and it promises to be an exciting encounter amongst two heavy hitters. It will be interesting to see who manages to come out on top. We wish both players the best of luck for the upcoming matches and the US Open 2021. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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