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Danielle Collins is all set to step onto the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California for one last run at the BNP Paribas Open. The 30YO American tennis star made her Top 100 debut after a BNP Paribas Open breakthrough in 2018. How long can she make her run this year? She is all set to take on the world number one in women’s singles, Iga Swiatek in her second-round match tomorrow.

Both of them had met each other at the 2024 Australian Open. That time, the fans witnessed a nail-biting three-set encounter between the American and the Polish star. Can Swiatek make a winning start to her 2024 Indian Wells campaign?

Iga Swiatek vs Danielle Collins: Preview

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Iga Swiatek will be on a hunt for a second title at the Indian Wells. She clinched her maiden title two years ago defeating the Greek tennis player, Maria Sakkari, by 6-4,6-1 in the finals. Can Iga Swiatek defeat Danielle Collins on her home soil? Well, her current run has been full of highs and lows so far.

Iga Swiatek had a disappointing run at the Australian Open this year. She lost to Czech Republic’s Linda Noskova in the third round of the tournament by a 6-3,3-6,4-6 margin. However, she made a stunning comeback in her next tournament clinching her third straight title at the Qatar Open. In the Dubai Tennis Championships, she reached the SF. Next up for her is the former world number 7, Danielle Collins. How has been her form in 2024?

Collins made an early exit from the Brisbane and Hobart tournaments this year. However, in the Melbourne Slam, she reached the second round but then got defeated by Iga Swiatek (4-6,6-3,4-6). She made a stellar run to the R16 in the Abu Dhabi Open defeating the likes of Naomi Osaka but was eventually defeated by Elena Rybakina in her next match. Then in the Qatar Open and ATX Open, she managed to make it to the QF. What will happen at the Indian Wells this time around?

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Well, Collins has got off to a winning start in Indian Wells. Danielle Collins defeated 19YO Russian tennis player, Erika Andreeva in her first match to set up an intriguing faceoff against Iga Swiatek. But have they met each other earlier?

Swiatek vs Collins: Head-to-Head

Iga Swiatek and Danielle Collins have met each other 6 times in their career so far. They first met each other in 2021 at the QF of Adelaide International. Although Swiatek clinched a victory in their first meeting, Collins made a comeback a year later. She defeated Iga Swiatek by 6-4,6-1 in the SF of the 2022 AO. But after that, it has all been Iga Swiatek’s show in their next four matchups.

Talking about the stats of the two tennis stars, Iga Swiatek’s best career performances have come on the clay court with a win percentage of 87%. Daniell Collins on the other hand has the best results on the hard court with a 69% win percentage. They have played 14 sets in total as of now and Swiatek has managed to win 10 out of it.

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The Polish star has converted almost 50.97% of break point opportunities whereas the American has converted 55.77% of her chances to break the opponent’s serve.

Prediction: Swiatek to win in three sets

Danielle Collins overcame a tough challenge defeating Andreeva in her first match. But her second match is even tougher. Iga Swiatek hasn’t lost to Danielle Collins since 2022. However, Collins has nothing to lose. This is her chance to add more to her illustrious career by clinching a historic win on her home soil.

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Surely she will get enormous support from the home crowd. But the 22-year-old Polish tennis star is quite used to these pressures during crucial matches. So, Iga Swiatek all the way! What do you think?

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