Danielle "COMEONNNN" Collins wins back to back wta titles
Danielle Collins, two-time NCAA champion for the University of Virginia, claimed her second WTA title this past weekend in San Jose! After winning Palermo for her first-EVER singles main tour title, Collins seems to be proving herself as a possible "dark-horse" pick for this upcoming US Open.
Collins hit over fifty (yes, 5-0) winners and multiple break point chances converted, Collins looks like she will have a less heavy draw for her to compete in at this years American grand slam.
With this victory in San Jose, Collins puts her match winning streak to 10! Even though it took seven championship points for the American, Collins stayed mentally tough and converted to win in three sets against Kasatkina (who was going for her third title of 2021).
After live commentating on the match over the weekend, I have never personally seen Collins play like that. Even during her semifinal run at the Australian Open in 2019, Collins really pushed herself to being one of the most aggresive baseliners on the WTA tour. She was hitting with such power and preciseness on her inside-out forehand, and cross court backhand. Collins was up 5-3 in the second set and seem to lose focus after losing just her second championship point.
The frustration built and you could visibly see the anger she was feeling after not converting immidiately to win the match. With that lapse of concentration, Kasatkina was able to turn her defense into offense! Claiming the second set tie-break, 12-10, Kasatkina seemed to feed off the crowd.
Nonetheless, Kasatkina ran out of gas in the third set and was ultimately defeated by the American. Danielle Collins will have to play Teichman in the upcoming WTA 1000 National Bank Open. Not an easy match to play for your first round, but if I were Collins, I wouldn't be that worried. Two titles in two weeks? Collins should take time to recover and prepare for the US Open.