World No. 11 Danielle Collins isn't feeling 100 percent in Miami but still she made the decision to play and now she has been through to the round-of-16 at the tournament. Collins, seeded at No. 9, routinely handled Vera Zvonareva in the third round as she handed the former world No.
2 a 6-1 6-4 loss. Collins hasn't played much since reaching the Australian Open final as lately she has been dealing with back and abdominal issues. Also, Collins revealed the aftereffects of a viral illness have left her with a neck pain.
“There was obviously an emotional moment for me, the pain that I’m dealing with right now with this injury,” Collins said in her on-court interview, per the WTA Tour. “Just trying to work through that, I think is one of the hardest things we go through mentally when we’re on court.
Because when we have that physical pain it distracts you from what you need to do, it holds you back in the big moments”.
Collins having a promising campaign in Miami
Collins made a great start to her Miami third round match, having taken an early 3-0 lead over Zvonareva.
Collins had a chance go to up by a double break but Zvonareva saved a break point in the fourth game to reduce the deficit to 3-1. However, it didn't take long Collins to claim another break as she broke Zvonareva again in the sixth game and served out for the first set in the seventh game.
After easily winning the first set, Collins started the second set with an early break and a 2-0 lead. However, Zvonareva refused to quit and she broke back Collins in the sixth game to level the set at three games apiece.
Collins missed out on three break points in the seventh game but broke Zvonareva again in the ninth game and served out for the match in the 10th game. Collins now has a tough task ahead as she plays next world No. 10 Ons Jabeur.