Danielle Collins pipped Daria Kasatkina to claim the Silicon Valley Classic title on Sunday. The American came through a wildly swinging match against the Russian to prevail 6-3, 6-7(10), 6-1 in two hours and 18 minutes. Collins looked to be in complete control over the proceedings up until the ninth game of the second set when on the Russian’s serve, she had two match points.
However, the match oscillated between the two players from that moment on. Kasatkina first extinguished the two match points before breaking back Collins for the first time in the match in the following game. In the ensuing tie-break, it was the Russian who built a 4-0 lead before Collins made her comeback, going on to bring up three more match points.
The fourth seed, however, bravely saved the second lot of match points as well and went on to clinch the tie-break and send the match into the decider. The final set was decided entirely in Collins’ favour. This was also Collins’ 10th straight win, going back to the Palermo Ladies Open where she won the first title of her career.
Silicon Valley Classic: Danielle Collins's two-for-two in finals
In her post-match press conference, Collins shared, “It was one of my goals to win a tournament this year and to now win two, it’s just been incredible.
It’s still kind of hard to comprehend that I’ve won two back-to-back”. Then, speaking about the match and her opponent, she added, “I think today I executed my game plan well. It’s tough when you go out against an opponent who runs down so many balls, anticipates so well, because a lot of times you’re having to win the point six, seven, eight times.
Where certain shots would be winners against other players, they’re not going to be against Dasha because of how great of a mover and anticipator she is. I just had to really kind of lock into that mentality of being really patient with myself, and putting myself in an aggressive position consistently, but also accepting the fact that there were going to be some errors and mistakes along the way”.
Her Silicon Valley Classic win over Daria Kasatkina was the first time that Danielle Collins had defeated the Russian. Collins had lost their most recent meeting at the Phillip Island Trophy in January this year. This loss for Kasatkina’s now the second final she’s lost this year. She’s also won two other finals this year, including the Phillip Island Trophy.