World No. 30 Danielle Collins thinks a player has to overcome a lot in order to reach the deep stage of a Grand Slam. On Monday, Collins defeated world No. 26 Elise Mertens 4-6 6-4 6-4 to reach the Australian Open quarterfinal.
"I think to do well in these events, you kind of have to ride out the storm," Collins said, per the WTA website. "I think you have moments where you're playing some of your best tennis. Sometimes you lose your rhythm.
Sometimes you're dealing with some little pestering aches and pains. Sometimes you're dealing with physical conditions, with weather. There's so many different elements. "I try to just, try to ride it out as much as possible.
I love watching professional surfing, and I really admire what they do, how they get up on the board, how they deal with all the elements, so I use that as an analogy in my head a lot."
Collins created a comeback
Collins started the match with a 3-0 lead but Mertens responded with back-to-back breaks to overturn the deficit and steal the opener.
Collins failed to serve out for the second set in the ninth game but broke Mertens in the 10th game to force a decider. Mertens claimed the first break of the third set but Collis responded with breaks in the fourth and 10th game to overturn the deficit and complete a comeback win.
Collins will be fighting against Alize Cornet for a place in the Australian Open semifinal. "I think she's an incredible player and person for our sport. I think her hard work and tenacity really comes out every time she plays and steps on the court," Collins said of facing Cornet.
"She's always someone that's very fun to watch, someone that's very pleasant to see on a day-to-day basis and passing in the locker room. I appreciate her a lot."