San Diego Open: Danielle Collins, Bianca Andreescu win big to reach pre-quarters



by ABBEY JOHNSON

San Diego Open: Danielle Collins, Bianca Andreescu win big to reach pre-quarters

Danielle Collins scored an upset over seventh seed Caroline Garcia at the San Diego Open on Monday. The American needed an hour and 30 minutes to post a 6-2, 7-6(4) win over the Frenchwoman. Collins won 77% of her first-serve points to Garcia’s 63% and 63% points on return on the latter’s second serve.

She went on to win 51% of her second-serve points. In the opening set, Collins saved all three break points she faced while converting two break points on Garcia’s serve. In the second set, both players dropped their serve thrice before Collins held on patiently to secure the win for herself in the tie-break.

This was the 2022 Australian Open finalist’s first match in over a month since she lost in the round-of-16 at the US Open in September. After the win, she said, “Caro has been playing incredible this year, a lot of great achievements especially over the summer and a lot of matches under her belt playing big tennis, first-strike, hitting really good serves and returns, taking the ball early and trying to end the point really quickly, not giving much rhythm.

I knew that going in, and I just had to go out and beat her to the punch as much as possible”.

San Diego Open: Americans' good showing

In the second round, Collins will play Italy’s Martina Trevisan. Trevisan defeated Camila Osorio 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 23 minutes in their opening-round match.

There were a couple of American derbies in the first round on Monday. Coco Vandeweghe won her derby against Sofia Kenin 6-1, 1-6, 6-4. Louisa Chirico, meanwhile, defeated Alison Riske-Amritraj in their all-American face-off, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(5).

Next up for Vandeweghe will be another American in the fourth seed, Jessica Pegula. Chirico will take on second seed Paula Badosa for a chance to reach the quarters. Another American, Madison Keys also advanced to the round-of-16 on Monday.

Keys came through against Australian qualifier Ellen Perez, 6-1, 6-4 in merely 66 minutes. Keys now awaits either Leylah Fernandez or eighth seed Daria Kasatkina in the second round. Lastly, Bianca Andreescu also clinched a place in the second round of the San Diego Open.

Andreescu needed two hours and 38 minutes to overcome Liudmila Samsonova, 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-2 in their first-round match. The Canadian will play an American in either Robin Montgomery or sixth-seed, Coco Gauff.

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