Miami: Danielle Collins caps off last Miami run with title in front of Andre Agassi

Collins beats Elena Rybakina for the biggest title of her career in Miami in her last season on the Tour.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Miami: Danielle Collins caps off last Miami run with title in front of Andre Agassi
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Danielle Collins' Miami Open fairytale has been capped off with a maiden WTA 1000 title as the 30-year-old American beat Elena Rybakina to seal the biggest triumph of her career. 

Collins, who is 30 and retiring this season, beat world No. 4 Rybakina 7-5 6-3 in the Miami final for her first WTA 1000 title but also her first win against a top-5 player at the WTA 1000 level. 

Considering the circumstances and that this was Collins' last Miami run, many fans came to watch the final and show their support to the American tennis star. In the stands, there was also one very special guest, Andre Agassi - an American tennis icon and a former six-time Miami champion. 

Collins, the 2022 Australian Open runner-up, now has four WTA titles in her collection. 

Danielle Collins
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How Collins beat Rybakina for the Miami title?

Early in the first set, Collins had a chance to go up by a break but Rybakina saved a break point in the second game. 

After saving an early break point, Rybakina had four break points in the seventh game, and later a break point in the 11th game, but missed out on all of her five break point opportunities. On those break points, Rybakina probably could have been a bit more aggressive. 

In the 12th game, the five missed break points came to haunt Rybakina, who got broken when serving to stay in the first set as Collins sealed the opener.

Danielle Collins
Danielle Collins© Getty Images Sport - Megan Briggs
 

After winning the last two games of the first set, Collins also started the second set with an early break and a 2-0 lead. Down by a set and a break, Rybakina finally managed to get her first break point of the match after realizing her sixth break point of the match in the third game of the second set. 

In the seventh game, Rybakina had two break points to take the lead in the second set but missed out on two big chances. Not realizing the first break point in that game was especially painful for Rybakina as Collins had a second serve but the Kazakh made an unforced error by sending an easy return out. 

Elena Rybakina
Elena Rybakina© Getty Images Sport - Elsa
 

Rybakina, who looked in disbelief and stunned over her missed opportunities in the seventh game, then suffered a break in the following game as Collins opened a 5-3 lead. With Collins serving for the match in the ninth game, Rybakina clinched another two break points but again didn't convert after sending a backhand return out and then making a forehand unforced error on her second break point in the game. 

In that game, Collins also missed out on her first three championship points before earning her fourth and realizing it to complete a big win over Rybakina for the Miami title.

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