Danielle Collins withdraws from Charleston after visibly struggling in Miami loss



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Danielle Collins withdraws from Charleston after visibly struggling in Miami loss

American tennis star Danielle Collins won't be starting her clay season next week as she has withdrawn from Charleston. Collins, 28, was scheduled to make her second appearance in Charleston this year.

Collins, ranked at No.

11 in the world, made her lone Charleston appearance in 2019. Collins enjoyed a solid debut in Charleston as she won three matches in straight sets, before losing to Monica Puig in the quarterfinal. Not having Collins is a blow for the Charleston organizers as certainly many local fans would pay a ticket to watch this year's Australian Open finalist.

Collins hampered by a neck issue

Even though Collins wasn't at her 100 percent, she decided to give a shot to Miami. In Miami, Collins defeated Anna Bondar, Vera Zvonareva and Ons Jabeur, before losing to Naomi Osaka. “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 after beating Zvonareva.

“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 was visibly struggling on the court against Osaka but refused to retire as the Japanese claimed a dominant 6-2 6-1 win.

In the final game of the match, Collins pulled off an underarm serve as she was struggling to serve normally because of a neck issue. After the match, Osaka offered empathy for Collins. "I hope she is okay," Osaka said after the match.

"I have actually never seen her do that before so I think it might be pretty serious.
"I am glad I was able to get through easily or, not easily, but just quickly. I focused on hitting a lot of good returns”.