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Danielle Collins
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Collins at the 2019 French Open
Full name Danielle Rose Collins
Country  United States
Born December 13, 1993 (1993-12-13) (age 27)
St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
College University of Virginia
Turned pro 2016
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 3,091,295
Singles
Career record 154–98 (61.11%)
Career titles 1 WTA 125K, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 23 (January 28, 2019)
Current ranking No. 40 (March 22, 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (2019)
French Open QF (2020)
Wimbledon 3R (2019)
US Open 2R (2019)
Doubles
Career record 13–16 (44.83%)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 86 (March 2, 2020)
Current ranking No. 106 (March 22, 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2020)
French Open 2R (2019)
Wimbledon QF (2019)
US Open 3R (2019)
Team Competitions
Fed Cup 1–1
Last updated on: March 22, 2021.

Danielle Rose Collins (born December 13, 1993) is an American professional tennis player. She played collegiate tennis at the University of Virginia and won the NCAA singles title twice, 2014 and 2016, during her sophomore and senior years. Collins finished her career at Virginia in 2016 as the top-ranked collegiate player. Having first established her place on the WTA Tour when she reached the semifinals of the 2018 Miami Open as a qualifier (recording her first top 10 victory over former World No. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams along the way), Collins' big breakthrough came at the 2019 Australian Open, where she reached the semifinals, defeating world No. 2 Angelique Kerber in the fourth round. She was also a quarterfinalist at the 2020 French Open in singles and the 2019 Wimbledon Championships in doubles, and has won one WTA 125K and four ITF singles titles. She reached a career-high ranking of world No. 23 in singles on January 28, 2019 and No. 86 in doubles on March 2, 2020.

Career

College

While at Virginia, she won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's best female tennis player in 2016.

2009–2017

In 2009, Collins played her first events on the ITF Women's Circuit. She won her first ITF singles title in 2011. She did not play any professional matches in 2013 and 2015 while she was playing college tennis at Virginia.

Collins made her WTA Tour main-draw debut as a wildcard at the 2014 US Open in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, where she forced second seed Simona Halep to a third-setter in the first round. In mid-2016, she turned fully professional. During her time on the ITF Circuit, she won four singles titles.

2018: Breakthrough and top 50

Collins started the year reaching the final round of qualifying at the Australian Open before being outclassed by Denisa Allertová, in two sets. However, she received a wildcard at the WTA 125K tournament at Newport Beach, and claimed the title there, which saw her rise to a career-high ranking of 120 at that time.

Another impressive run at another WTA 125K tournament, this time in Indian Wells, saw her reach the quarterfinals and thus earn a wildcard for the BNP Paribas Open, a Premier Mandatory tournament that also takes place in Indian Wells. There, she won her first ever WTA Tour match against compatriot Taylor Townsend, before beating world No. 14, Madison Keys, in straight sets, followed by a victory over Sofya Zhuk. Although her run ended in the fourth-round to former world No. 6, Carla Suárez Navarro, Collins made her top-100 debut, jumping from No. 117 to No. 93.

Getting through the qualifying rounds at the Miami Open, Collins beat world No. 37, Irina-Camelia Begu, in straight sets before upsetting two-time major semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe, in three sets. Victories over Donna Vekić and Monica Puig followed, before she earned the biggest victory of her career, beating her idol, former world No. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion, Venus Williams, who was the eighth-ranked player coming into their encounter. With this win she became the first qualifier ever to reach the semifinals at the Miami Open. She then faced sixth-seeded Jeļena Ostapenko and lost in straight sets, despite having a set point in the first set. After making it to the quarterfinals in Monterrey, Collins broke into the top 50 for the first time.

Collins only won back-to-back main draw matches at two other tournaments the rest of the season, reaching the third round in Eastbourne and the semifinals in San Jose (both Premier-level events) and lost in the opening round at the remaining three Grand Slams. Nonetheless, she finished the year ranked No. 36 in the world, more than 100 spots above her previous best year-end ranking.

2019: Australian Open semifinal

Her rise continued at the Australian Open. Prior to the tournament, she had never won a match at a major event. After upsetting 14th seed Julia Görges in a tough first-round match, Collins won her next three matches in straight sets; first against Sachia Vickery, then against 19th seed Caroline Garcia. In the round of 16, Collins pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament, dominating the second seed and three-time major champion Angelique Kerber, in straight sets. She thus reached the quarterfinals, where she defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets. In the semifinals, she lost to eighth seed Petra Kvitová, in two sets. Collins rose to a career-high ranking of No. 23 following the tournament. She also recorded wins at all the other Grand Slam events, reaching the second round at the French Open and US Open as well as the third round at Wimbledon. She also recorded her best-ever Grand Slam doubles result at Wimbledon, reaching the quarterfinals with Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Collins struggled outside of the majors though, reaching the quarterfinals at just one tournament (the Charleston Open). In December, she won the Hawaii Open, an exhibition tournament, upon the withdrawal of her finals opponent Angelique Kerber. Collins finished the year ranked 31st.

2020: Two big wins to begin the year, French Open quarterfinalist

Collins began 2020 with three wins over top-15 opponents. She defeated world No. 5, Elina Svitolina, 6–1, 6–1 the first round at the Brisbane International before falling to world No. 13, Madison Keys, 4–6, 1–6 in the quarterfinals. The following week at the Adelaide International, she defeated No. 15, Sofia Kenin, 6–3, 6–1 in the second round, and then No. 7, Belinda Bencic, 6–3, 6–1 in the quarterfinals. Collins fell to world No. 1, Ash Barty, 6–3, 1–6, 6–7(5) in the semifinals. However, she fell in the second round to Yulia Putintseva at the Australian Open, and dropped outside the top 50 due to failing to defend her semifinalist points.

Due to the six-month shutdown of the WTA Tour caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Collins did not play again after the Australian Open until August. She lost in the opening round of her first two tournaments back, to Jil Teichmann at the Western & Southern Open and Anett Kontaveit at the US Open. However, Collins rebounded at the French Open, where she reached her second career Grand Slam quarterfinal. Along the way, she upset two-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1, Garbiñe Muguruza, in the third round (handing the Spaniard her earliest exit from Roland Garros since 2013) as well as 30th seed Ons Jabeur, both in three sets. Her run ultimately came to an end against compatriot and reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, in a match that for both players was their fourth three-setter of five matches.

World TeamTennis

Collins played her first season with World TeamTennis in 2019 with Billie Jean King's Philadelphia Freedoms. She started the 2020 season on the Orlando Storm roster which began July 12, but was dismissed from the league after leaving the state and breaching COVID-19 safety protocols.

Playing style

Collins employs a highly aggressive playing style that has been described as "fearless", "ferocious" and "fun to watch". She has a powerful serve, and strong groundstrokes on both wings, making her one of the hardest hitters on the WTA Tour. Her style allows her to hit a high number of winners, but also a considerable amount of unforced errors. Her greatest strengths are her kick serve, her inside-out forehand, and her backhand down the line. She also possesses strong volleying skills, allowing her to hit winners from any position on the court.

Personal life

Danielle is the daughter of Walter and Cathy Collins. She graduated from Northeast High School, St. Petersburg, Florida, in 2012. As a high school player, her junior ranking was good enough to get her a scholarship from the University of Florida. After her freshman year, she transferred to the University of Virginia (UVA). She won the NCAA singles title in her sophomore and senior years.

She graduated from UVA with a bachelor's degree in media studies and business.

Her postgraduate plan was to play professional tennis and attend business school.

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup/Billie Jean King Cup and Olympic Games are included in win–loss records.

Singles

Current after the 2021 Budapest.

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A Q3 SF 2R 2R 0 / 3 7–3 70%
French Open A A A A 1R 2R QF 3R 0 / 4 7–4 64%
Wimbledon A A A Q1 1R 3R NH 2R 0 / 3 3–3 50%
US Open 1R A 1R Q1 1R 2R 1R 0 / 5 1–5 17%
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–3 9–4 5–3 4–3 0 / 15 18–15 55%
National representation
Billie Jean King Cup A A A A A 1R A 0 / 1 1–0 100%
WTA 1000
Dubai / Qatar Open A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Indian Wells Open A A A 1R 4R 3R NH 0 / 3 4–3 57%
Miami Open A A A A SF 3R NH 2R 0 / 3 7–3 70%
Madrid Open A A A A 1R 2R NH A 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Italian Open A A A A 2R 2R A A 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Canadian Open A A A A A 1R NH 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Cincinnati Open A A A A 1R A 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Wuhan Open A A A A 1R 2R NH 0 / 2 1–2 33%
China Open A A A A 2R 1R NH 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Career statistics
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L Win %
Tournaments 1 0 1 1 17 18 6 8 Career total: 52
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Career total: 0
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Career total: 0
Hard Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 13–10 11–11 6–5 11–6 0 / 35 41–35 54%
Clay Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–4 6–5 4–1 5–2 0 / 12 17–12 59%
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 2–2 0–0 1–1 0 / 6 5–6 45%
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 17–17 19–18 10–6 16–8 0 / 52 62–52 54%
Win (%) 0%  –  0% 0% 50% 51% 63% 67% Career total: 54%
Year-end ranking 950 N/A 299 167 36 31 45 $3,365,070

Doubles

Tournament 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L
Australian Open A 1R 2R A 0 / 2 1–2
French Open A 2R A 1R 0 / 2 1–2
Wimbledon 1R QF NH A 0 / 2 2–2
US Open 2R 3R A 0 / 2 3–2
Win–Loss 1–2 5–4 1–1 0–1 0 / 8 7–8

Notes

WTA 125K series finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jan 2018 Newport Challenger, United States Hard Russia Sofya Zhuk 2–6, 6–4, 6–3

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 8 (4 titles, 4 runner–ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments (0–0)
$80,000 tournaments (0–1)
$60,000 tournaments (0–2)
$25,000 tournaments (3–1)
$10,000 tournaments (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (2–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Oct 2011 ITF Williamsburg, United States 10,000 Clay Russia Nika Kukharchuk 6–1, 6–3
Win 2–0 Oct 2016 ITF Stillwater, United States 25,000 Hard United States Caroline Dolehide 1–0 ret.
Loss 2–1 Oct 2016 Classic of Macon, United States 60,000 Hard United States Kayla Day 1–6, 3–6
Loss 2–2 May 2017 ITF Charleston, United States 60,000 Clay United States Madison Brengle 6–4, 2–6, 3–6
Loss 2–3 May 2017 ITF Naples, United States 25,000 Clay United States Claire Liu 3–6, 1–6
Win 3–3 Jun 2017 ITF Bethany Beach, United States 25,000 Clay United States Lauren Embree 6–1, 6–0
Loss 3–4 Nov 2017 Tyler Challenge, United States 80,000 Hard United States Kristie Ahn 4–6, 4–6
Win 4–4 Nov 2017 ITF Norman, United States 25,000 Hard United States Sachia Vickery 1–6, 6–3, 6–4

Doubles: 2 (2 runner–ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments (0–0)
$80,000 tournaments (0–0)
$60,000 tournaments (0–1)
$25,000 tournaments (0–1)
$15,000 tournaments (0–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2017 ITF Charlottesville, United States 60,000 Clay United States Madison Brengle Serbia Jovana Jakšić
Argentina Catalina Pella
4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Loss 0–2 May 2017 ITF Naples, United States 25,000 Clay United States Taylor Townsend United States Emina Bektas
United States Sanaz Marand
6–7(1–7), 1–6

WTA Tour career earnings

As of 19 July 2021

Year Grand Slam
singles titles
WTA
singles titles
Total
singles titles
Earnings ($) Money list rank
2014 0 0 0 35,828 264
2015 Absent
2016 0 0 0 54,860 235
2017 0 0 0 60,788 250
2018 0 0 0 819,625 48
2019 0 0 0 1,397,427 28
2020 0 0 0 571,319 30
2021 0 0 0 411,973 56
Career 0 0 0 3,365,070 175

Career Grand Slam statistics

Grand Slam seedings

The tournaments won by Collins are in boldface, and advanced into finals by Collins are in italics.

Year Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
2014 Absent Absent Absent Wildcard
2015 Absent
2016 Absent Absent Absent Wildcard
2017 Absent Absent Did not qualify Did not qualify
2018 Did not qualify Unseeded Unseeded Unseeded
2019 Unseeded Unseeded Unseeded Unseeded
2020 26th Unseeded Not Held Unseeded
2021 Unseeded Unseeded Unseeded

Record against other players

Record against top 10 players

Collins' record against players who have been ranked in the top 10. Active players are in boldface.

Player Record Win % Hard Clay Grass Last Match
Number 1 ranked players
United States Venus Williams 2–0 100% 2–0 Won (7–5, 7–6(7–5)) at 2019 Wuhan
Belarus Victoria Azarenka 1–1 50% 1–1 Lost (1–6, 2–6) at 2019 Acapulco
Germany Angelique Kerber 1–1 50% 1–0 0–1 Won (6–2, 6–0) at 2019 Australian Open
Spain Garbiñe Muguruza 1–1 50% 1–1 Won (7–5, 2–6, 6–4) at 2020 French Open
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková 1–1 50% 1–1 Lost (7–5, 6–2) at 2021 Australian Open
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 1–2 33% 0–1 1–1 Lost (6–4, 3–6, 4–6) at 2019 US Open
Australia Ashleigh Barty 1–3 25% 1–1 0–2 Won (6–3, 6–4) at 2021 Adelaide
Romania Simona Halep 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (7–6(7–2), 1–6, 2–6) at 2014 US Open
United States Serena Williams 0–2 0% 0–1 0–1 Lost (4–6, 4–6) at 2021 French Open
Japan Naomi Osaka 0–2 0% 0–2 Lost (4–6, 2–6) at 2019 Indian Wells
Number 2 ranked players
Russia Vera Zvonareva 2–0 100% 1–0 1–0 Won (6–1, 6–4) at 2019 Madrid
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 0–2 0% 0–2 Lost (6–7(2–7), 0–6) at 2019 Australian Open
Number 3 ranked players
Ukraine Elina Svitolina 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–1, 6–1) at 2020 Brisbane
Number 4 ranked players
Switzerland Belinda Bencic 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–3, 6–1) at 2020 Adelaide
France Caroline Garcia 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–3, 6–2) at 2019 Australian Open
United States Sofia Kenin 3–1 75% 3–0 0–1 Lost (4–6, 6–4, 0–6) at 2020 French Open
United Kingdom Johanna Konta 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (1–6, 5–7) at 2012 Plantation 25K
Belarus Aryna Sabalenka 0–2 0% 0–2 Lost (1–6, 0–6) at 2019 Wuhan
Number 5 ranked players
Italy Sara Errani 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (4–6, 1–6) at 2018 Indian Wells 125K
Latvia Jeļena Ostapenko 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (6–7(1–7), 3–6) at 2018 Miami
Number 6 ranked players
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro 1–1 50% 0–1 1–0 Won (6–2, 6–4) at 2018 Eastbourne
Number 7 ranked players
United States Madison Keys 1–1 50% 1–1 Lost (4–6, 1–6) at 2020 Brisbane
Number 9 ranked players
Germany Julia Görges 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (2–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–4) at 2019 Australian Open
United States CoCo Vandeweghe 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–3, 1–6, 6–1) at 2018 Miami
Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky 1–1 50% 1–1 Lost (3–6, ret.) at 2018 Tianjin
Poland Iga Świątek 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (2–6, 0–3 ret.) at 2021 Adelaide
Number 10 ranked players
France Kristina Mladenovic 1–1 50% 1–1 Won (6–3, 6–3) at 2021 Miami
Russia Daria Kasatkina 0–2 0% 0–1 0–1 Lost (2–6, 7–6(8–6), 1–6) at 2021 Melbourne
Total 22–29 43% 18–20
(47%)
3–8
(27%)
1–1
(50%)
Statistics correct as of 4 June  2021 (2021 -06-04).

No. 1 wins

No. Player Event Surface Round Score Result
1. Australia Ashleigh Barty 2021 Adelaide International, Australia Hard 2nd Round 6–3, 6–4 Semifinal

Top 10 wins

Season 2018 2019 2020 2021 Total
Wins 1 1 2 2 6
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score DC Rank
2018
1. United States Venus Williams No. 8 Miami Open, United States Hard QF 6–2, 6–3 No. 93
2019
2. Germany Angelique Kerber No. 2 Australian Open Hard 4R 6–0, 6–2 No. 35
2020
3. Ukraine Elina Svitolina No. 5 Brisbane International, Australia Hard 1R 6–1, 6–1 No. 27
4. Switzerland Belinda Bencic No. 7 Adelaide International, Australia Hard QF 6–3, 6–1 No. 27
2021
5. Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková No. 6 Yarra Valley Classic, Australia Hard 3R 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–3) No. 46
6. Australia Ashleigh Barty No. 1 Adelaide International, Australia Hard 2R 6–3, 6–4 No. 37
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