Danielle Collins sounds off on Rome question: 'I don't know what that means'

Collins wasn't impressed with one question received following her Rome quarterfinal win.

by Dzevad Mesic
Danielle Collins sounds off on Rome question: 'I don't know what that means'
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Danielle Collins didn't like one Rome question very much as the American tennis star wasn't happy to hear an interview insinuating that her good form was caused in some ways by her upcoming retirement.

Collins, who turned 30 in December, announced during this year's Australian Open that she was playing her last season on the Tour. Since revealing her plans, Collins has played some of the best tennis of her career. 

After winning her first WTA 1000 title in Miami, Collins also won a WTA 500 tournament in Charleston and returned to the top-20 in the world. Following back-to-back titles, world No. 15 Collins also made the Madrid Open round-of-16 before reaching the semifinal at the ongoing Rome Open. 

On Wednesday, Collins clinched another very impressive wins in recent weeks as she ousted two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka 6-4 6-3. Following her win, Collins was asked if she was playing with more freedom lately since in her mind she knows she is soon retiring. 

“I don’t really know what that means, to play freely. I’ve put so much work into this over the years. My success is a product of that and I hope people can respect that,” Collins said.

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Not the first time Collins hasn't been happy with some questions

Since Collins had just turned 30 in December and there were no previous indications that she could retire this year, some were left surprised with the American's decision. That led to Collins being asked certain questions and, after some time, the American tennis star had enough of it. 

During Collins' great Miami run, she was constantly asked if there was a chance of her changing her mind. That's when Collins made it clear she was fed up with "constantly having to justify my decision."

"You know, I find it so interesting, because I kind of felt like when I was announcing my retirement, everyone has been so, like, congratulating me and so excited for me, but then on the other hand, I feel like I have had to justify my decision a lot. I feel like if I was a guy, I probably wouldn't have to justify it that much," Collins said.

Collins, who has been in a relationship for some time now, is hoping to become a mother one day but living with Endometriosis - a female reproductive system disease - is making it hard for her to conceive a baby. When Collins retires from tennis, she will be able to focus on her health and hopefully achieve her motherhood dreams. 

"No, but I think it's really interesting how in a lot of different situations I have had to kind of justify the reasons behind retirement. I'm living with a chronic inflammatory disease that affects your ability to get pregnant, and so that's, like, a deeply, like, personal situation. I've kind of explained that from time to time," Collins explained in Miami.

"Yeah, I think it's a good question, but I think at the end of the day, like, my choice, like, this is my personal choice. This is so much more to do than just tennis and my career.

"I'm enjoying my career. I'm having a lot of fun. I love coming out here and competing. But at the end of the day, like, this is a really big, like, life decision, and yeah, I think that that should be, like, pretty understandable, yeah."

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Collins on 'going out with a bang'

For Collins, it has been a dreamy farewell as the biggest title of her career came in front of her home fans just two months after she revealed her retirement plans. Then, Collins won another American tournament in Charleston. 

"I mean, what a dream come true to have played at the level that I have played consistently over the last two weeks. This has been such a journey for me," Collins said after winning back-to-back titles in Miami and Charleston.

"30 years old, you know, this was the finals of my first 1000, and it's been a different journey than I think a lot of the stories that we're familiar with."

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Since returning to action at WTA 1000 tournaments in Madrid and Rome, Collins has continued her fine form and at Foro Italico she reached the semifinal without a dropped set.

"I'm going out with a bang. I want to go out playing my best tennis because I certainly wouldn't want to go out playing my worst tennis. That does happen sometimes, unfortunately. It's important for me to feel like I got everything I could out of myself as an athlete," Collins said.

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