Second seed Elena Rybakina was the biggest casualty at the Silicon Valley Classic on Friday. Seventh seed Danielle Collins ousted the Kazakh in straight sets 7-6(5), 7-6(4) in an hour and 55 minutes. This is Collins’ eighth consecutive win, going back to her title run at the Palermo Ladies Open a couple of weeks ago.
Speaking to the press after her win, Collins said, “It was weird, even though I won both sets, I felt like I was always playing from behind. To win a match where you always feel like you’re playing from behind, it’s very rewarding, but during the process, it can be a little nerve-wracking.
I was happy that I kept my composure for the most part, and pulled out the win”.
Silicon Valley Classic: Ana Konjuh's fairytale continues
In the semi-final, Collins will play Ana Konjuh. The Croatian qualifier defeated Shuai Zhang 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 in an hour and 39 minutes in their quarter-final.
This is the second time in the 2021 season that Konjuh’s reached the semi-final of a WTA tournament. Prior to this, she reached the semi-final before making it to the final of the Belgrade Open. In her post-match chat with the media, Konjuh shared her excitement of reaching this far after having come through the qualifiers.
“I came here not really expecting this. Like, if I go through qualifying, into the main draw, it would be nice, just to be at high-level tournaments again. So, this was kind of unexpected, but I’m not complaining at all,” she said.
At the top of the draw in San Jose, top seed Elise Mertens will take on fourth seed Daria Kasatkina for a place in the final. The Belgian defeated Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 7-6(8) in an hour and 55 minutes in their last-eight clash.
The Russian, meanwhile, got past Magda Linette 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in two hours and 18 minutes. Her appearance in the semis of the Silicon Valley Classic is Kasatkina’s fourth this season. The previous three times that she’s reached this far, she’s made it to the final, winning two of these.