Danielle Collins withdraws from two tournaments, won't defend San Jose title



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Danielle Collins withdraws from two tournaments, won't defend San Jose title

World No. 9 Danielle Collins is set to miss the start of the North American hard court swing as she won't be defending her San Jose title and she is also set to miss Toronto. Collins, 28, was scheduled to kick off her summer hard court campaign next week at the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose.

Unfortunately for the San Jose organizers and San Jose tennis fans, Collins won't be making her fourth appearance at the tournament.

Collins made her San Jose debut in 2018, when she made the semifinal before losing to Maria Sakkari.

Collins suffered a San Jose round-of-16 loss in 2019, before she went all the way at the tournament last year. Collins, the top-ranked American female player, was expected to highlight this year's player field in San Jose.

Collins last played at a clay tournament in Lausanne, which was held the week after Wimbledon. There, Collins suffered a shock first round loss to Simona Waltert.

Collins out but Naomi Osaka set to compete in San Jose

Not having Collins is certainly a blow for the San Jose organizers, but the good news is that four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka is set to make her comeback at the Silicon Valley Classic.

Osaka sustained an Achilles injury during the clay season and she missed the entire grass season, including Wimbledon. After taking some time off, Osaka decided to accept a wildcard into San Jose and that will be her first tournament in two months.

Osaka, 24, made her WTA debut at the Silicon Valley Classic in 2014. Eight years have passed since Osaka's WTA debut and now she is one of the biggest names in the women's game. Even though Osaka hasn't played in a while, she is always a threat on hard courts.

It remains to be seen how will Osaka do in San Jose, while the hope remains for Collins that she will be able to compete in Cincinnati - which starts on August 15.