What a fool for Danielle Collins at the Australian Open 2023! A nice episode characterized Day 3 and, in particular, the match between the number 13 seed Danielle Collins and Karolina Muchova. The American player forgot that in the third set and decisive set at 6-6 there is no normal tie-break.
Taking the point to make it 7-3, Collins threw his racket to the ground and raised her arms in victory. The chair umpire thus had to remind the American that the match was not over yet and that it would have been necessary to reach 10.
The 29-year-old let herself go into a funny smile and still brought the match home. The match turned out to be very balanced and only the final super tie-break definitively shifted the balance.
Collins has therefore gained access to the third round of the first Slam of the year and will have to contend with the reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.
The Kazakh player left only three games to Kaja Juvan and showed excellent form.
The one between Collins and Rybakina will certainly be one of the most interesting third round matches and will pit two of the best tennis players on the WTA Tour against each other. "I am happy with my performance. I will play Danielle next round, it will be very tough because she plays very aggressively and has a very good serve," Rybakina explained at the press conference.
"I will have to be very focused during my return games. It will be a tough match. We will see how things go. Wimbledon was special and playing a Grand Slam tournament is completely different mentally. You always want to win and move forward.
My preseason has been excellent and my goal is to win this tournament," concluded Rybakina. Talking about the men's singles, ofr the first time since 2002, the picture aligns itself in the third round without the top three players in the world.
After Alcaraz's forfeit and Nadal's defeat, Casper Ruud's defeat also arrives (who obviously also prematurely renounces the fight for the top position) against Jason Brooksby. The American's incredibly explosive tennis puts last season's two-time Grand Slam finalist in a crisis, who practically makes the passive acceptable by recovering a break from disadvantage and winning the third set.