World No. 11 Danielle Collins says she was happy with her Australian Open campaign but added now it's time to focus on the what's to come and set up another goals to accomplish. Collins, 28, made her maiden Grand Slam final at this year's Australian Open.
Collins enjoyed a strong fortnight at Melbourne Park and the player that prevented her from winning her first Grand Slam was world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty. Barty, 25, beat Collins 6-3 7-6 (2) to win her first Australian Open title.
“I think moving forward, I have so many more tournaments this year and hopefully another at least 18 events; so really focusing now on those next steps and those tournaments and competing in those events,” Collins told Eurosport.
“So kind of putting that (the Australian Open) in the rearview mirror and moving forward and thinking about my goals for this year and what I need to do to accomplish those”.
Collins on her endometriosis diagnosis
Last April, Collins underwent a surgery for endometriosis.
After returning to the court, Collins won Palermo and San Jose. Collins was determined to return stronger after the surgery. “I think when you deal with something like what I was dealing with, with my health challenges, I think you can either really let it bring you down or you can try to focus on your goals and trying to still accomplish those,” Collins said.
“And I just tried to focus on doing the best I could every day and luckily, I've been able to do a pretty decent job on court. “I’m grateful for the painful experiences just as much as some of the more amazing experiences because I think that they're really big moments for growth, personal growth for us, as athletes and as people”.
Meanwhile, Collins returned to action at this week's WTA event in Dubai. Collins' Dubai campaign ended on an unfortunate way as she retired mid-match against Marketa Vondrousova.