American Danielle Collins had a comfortable route to the Volvo Open Quarterfinals but her impressive run was halted by Monica Puig. Speaking about the transition to the clay courts, Collins said she is very comfortable on the surface.
“I’m very comfortable on clay. It wasn’t really even a shock to my system or anything, even though I’ve been on hardcourts for the past few months,” Collins said. “I like playing on the clay, it’s one of my favorite surfaces.
I was actually excited to get the clay court season started”. She further continued, “I have a pretty good game for the clay: I’m a really versatile player and I grew up playing on clay in Florida, and especially the green clay”.
“It's been nice going and switching to the clay. It slows things down a little bit, and again, it gives me the ability to kind of use my defense and be able to come in a little bit more, slice at certain times in the match”.
Admitting that the Miami Open loss was hard to digest, Collins added, “I’ve been really working hard on my fitness this past week, and just been making some adjustments based off my results in Miami,” Collins explained.
“I think I didn't have my best match in Miami. I played well at Indian Wells. I think the key is just continuing to work on the things that we've been working on in practice”. But the American remains positive about the upcoming clay season.
“I think there were a lot of great takeaways from the results that I had, but just the learning experience that I gained from going over to Europe for the first time and competing on red clay. I've never played on red clay prior to last year,” she told press.
“To have, I think, four or five clay court tournaments in my schedule, that was kind of the first time that I've done that. There was a little break there when I was in college where I just didn't play on clay, so it took a little bit of getting used to again.
I grew up playing on clay. So I'm comfortable with it, but I think just getting more match experience, that was the biggest thing”.