Iga Swiatek was no match for Danielle Collins in their semi-final at the 2022 Australian Open. The American dropped just five games en route to reaching her first Major final, winning 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and 18 minutes. Collins found the range of her shots from the get-go and she was able to direct them for winners on all parts of the court.
Swiatek, on the other hand, was troubled by the same problems that had bothered her in her two previous rounds. She struggled on her serves and her weaker second serve was thoroughly exploited by Collins. However, while Swiatek was able to play the waiting game and take advantage of her opponents for their level to go down, Collins didn’t give any such opportunity to Swiatek.
Australian Open: Danielle Collins' the last American standing Down Under
Still, there was a moment in the first set when Collins’ serve started to look nervy all of a sudden. The 27th seed lost her serve while serving for a 5-1 hold and then again, while serving for the set, at 5-2.
While these two breaks followed by a service hold helped Swiatek reduce the gap between her and her opponent, it was still too late for her as Collins convincingly served out the set in the 10th game, hitting three aces in the process.
The first five games of the second set played out exactly like the first. Collins gained a 4-0 lead after securing two breaks of serve. And by this point, it seemed as though she’d closed the door on Swiatek completely although the Pole did hold her serve in the fifth game.
Two games later, with her serving to stay in the match, Collins brought up two match points. While a winner from Swiatek saved one of the two, a forced error from her in the next point ensured Collins’ victory. Both players had 13 unforced errors each but while Swiatek had 12 winners, Collins had 27 which made a huge difference in building and retaining the match’s moment.
In the Australian Open final, Danielle Collins will face world no. 1 Ashleigh Barty, who won a similarly one-sided match against Madison Keys earlier in the evening session.