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Danielle Collins
American tennis player

Danielle Collins

Danielle Collins
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American tennis player
A.K.A. Danielle Rose Collins
Is Athlete Tennis player
From United States of America
Field Sports
Gender female
Birth 13 December 1993, St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida, USA
Age 28 years
Star sign Sagittarius
Residence St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida, USA
Stats
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 64 kg
Education
University of Virginia
Northeast High School
Awards
Honda Sports Award for Tennis 2016
Sports Teams
United States Billie Jean King Cup team
Virginia Cavaliers women's tennis
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Danielle Rose Collins (born December 13, 1993) is an American professional tennis player. She reached a career-high ranking of world No. 23 in singles on 28 January 2019, and No. 86 in doubles on 2 March 2020. Collins won her maiden WTA Tour singles title at the 2021 Palermo Open and her second at the 2021 Silicon Valley Classic. She has additionally won one WTA 125 and four ITF singles titles. 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), her 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.

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 125 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 125 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 of the Eastbourne International 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, top 30 debut

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 on 28 January 2019, 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: French Open quarterfinalist

Collins began 2020 with three wins over top-15 opponents. She defeated world No. 5, Elina Svitolina, 6–1, 6–1 in the first round at the Brisbane International before falling to world No. 13, Madison Keys, in straight sets 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 in the semifinals. However, she lost 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.

2021: Maiden WTA title and first WTA 500 title, return to top 30

Collins won her first WTA title at the Palermo International, defeating Elena-Gabriela Ruse in straight sets in the final.

The following month, she won her second WTA title at the Silicon Valley Classic defeating Daria Kasatkina, in three sets. The Silicon Valley Classic win marks her first WTA 500 title. As a result, she reentered the top 30 at world No. 28, on 9 August 2021.

She then continued her win streak at the Canadian Open. She beat Jil Teichmann in the first round and then went on to defeat sixth seed Simona Halep in the second. Her win streak eventually came to an end in the third round after losing to Jessica Pegula in three sets.

At the US Open, she reached the third round for the first time at this major defeating Kaja Juvan. She then lost in the third round to Aryna Sabalenka.

2022: Second Australian Open semifinal, top 15 debut

At the Australian Open, Collins reached the semifinals for the second time. After defeating 19th seed Elise Mertens to become the third American woman in the quarterfinals. It was the second year in a row that three Americans have featured at this stage of the tournament. In the quarterfinals, she beat Alizé Cornet in straight sets.


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.

Collins has been dating her trainer, former Australian rules footballer Tom Couch, since February 2019.

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS P NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (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/Paralympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (P) postponed; (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 through 2021 WTA Tour.

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 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 3R 0 / 6 3–6 33%
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–3 9–4 5–3 6–4 0 / 16 20–16 56%
National representation
Billie Jean King Cup A A A A A 1R SF 0 / 2 4–0 100%
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 3R 0 / 4 5–4 56%
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 3R 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Cincinnati Open A A A A 1R A 1R 1R 0 / 3 0–3 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 2022 SR W–L Win %
Tournaments 1 0 1 1 17 18 6 17 Career total: 61
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 Career total: 2
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 Career total: 2
Hard Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 13–10 11–11 6–5 28–11 1 / 41 58–40 59%
Clay Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–4 6–5 4–1 11–3 1 / 14 23–13 64%
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 40–15 2 / 61 86–59 59%
Win (%) 0%  –  0% 0% 50% 51% 63% 73% Career total: 59%
Year-end ranking 950 N/A 299 167 36 31 45 29 $3,750,895

Doubles

Current after the 2022 Australian Open.

Tournament 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 2R A 3R 0 / 3 3–2 60%
French Open A 2R A 1R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Wimbledon 1R QF NH A 0 / 2 2–2 50%
US Open 2R 3R A A 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Win–Loss 1–2 5–4 1–0 0–1 2–1 0 / 9 9–8 53%
WTA 1000
Dubai / Qatar Open A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Indian Wells Open A A NH A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Miami Open A 1R NH A 0 / 0 0–1 0%
Madrid Open A A NH A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Italian Open A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Canadian Open A A NH A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Cincinnati Open A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Wuhan Open A A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
China Open A A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Career statistics
Tournaments 3 5 2 1 0 Career total: 11
Overall Win–Loss 1–3 5–6 1–1 0–1 0–0 0 / 11 7–11 39%
Year-end ranking 410 102 96 488

WTA career finals

Singles: 2 (2 titles)

Finals by surface
Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
WTA 1000 (0–0)
WTA 500 (1–0)
WTA 250 (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Grand Slam (0–0)
WTA 1000 (0–0)
WTA 500 (1–0)
WTA 250 (1–0)
Hard (1–0)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win Jul 2021 Palermo International, Italy WTA 250 Clay Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6–4, 6–2
Win Aug 2021 Silicon Valley Classic, United States WTA 500 Hard Daria Kasatkina 6–3, 6–7, 6–1

WTA 125 tournament finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

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

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 8 (4 titles, 4 runner–ups)

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

Doubles: 2 (2 runner–ups)

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

WTA Tour career earnings

As of 17 January 2022

Year Grand Slam
singles titles
WTA
singles titles
Total
singles titles
Earnings ($) Money list rank
2014 0 0 0 35,828 264
2015 DNP
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 2 2 797,798 40
Career 0 2 2 3,750,895 162

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 A A A WC
2015 A A A A
2016 A A A WC
2017 A A DNQ DNQ
2018 DNQ
2019
2020 26th NH
2021 26th
2022 27th

Head-to-head records

Record against top 10 players

Collins's 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
Venus Williams 2–0 100% 2–0 Won (7–5, 7–6) at 2019 Wuhan
Victoria Azarenka 1–1 50% 1–1 Lost (1–6, 2–6) at 2019 Acapulco
Simona Halep 1–1 50% 1–1 Won (2–6, 6–4, 6–4) at 2021 Montreal
Angelique Kerber 1–1 50% 1–0 0–1 Won (6–2, 6–0) at 2019 Australian Open
Garbiñe Muguruza 1–1 50% 1–1 Won (7–5, 2–6, 6–4) at 2020 French Open
Karolína Plíšková 1–1 50% 1–1 Lost (7–5, 6–2) at 2021 Australian Open
Caroline Wozniacki 1–2 33% 0–1 1–1 Lost (6–4, 3–6, 4–6) at 2019 US Open
Ashleigh Barty 1–3 25% 1–1 0–2 Won (6–3, 6–4) at 2021 Adelaide
Naomi Osaka 0–2 0% 0–2 Lost (4–6, 2–6) at 2019 Indian Wells
Serena Williams 0–2 0% 0–1 0–1 Lost (4–6, 4–6) at 2021 French Open
Number 2 ranked players
Vera Zvonareva 2–0 100% 1–0 1–0 Won (6–1, 6–4) at 2019 Madrid
Petra Kvitová 0–2 0% 0–2 Lost (6–7, 0–6) at 2019 Australian Open
Aryna Sabalenka 0–3 0% 0–3 Lost (3–6, 3–6) at 2021 US Open
Number 3 ranked players
Sloane Stephens 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (3–6, 6–4, 6–3) at 2021 San Jose
Elina Svitolina 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–1, 6–1) at 2020 Brisbane
Number 4 ranked players
Belinda Bencic 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–3, 6–1) at 2020 Adelaide
Caroline Garcia 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–3, 6–2) at 2019 Australian Open
Sofia Kenin 3–1 75% 3–0 0–1 Lost (4–6, 6–4, 0–6) at 2020 French Open
Johanna Konta 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (1–6, 5–7) at 2012 Plantation 25K
Iga Świątek 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (2–6, 0–3 ret.) at 2021 Adelaide
Number 5 ranked players
Sara Errani 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (4–6, 1–6) at 2018 Indian Wells 125K
Jeļena Ostapenko 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (6–7, 3–6) at 2018 Miami
Number 6 ranked players
Carla Suárez Navarro 2–1 67% 1–1 1–0 Won (6–2, 6–4) at 2021 US Open
Maria Sakkari 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (6–3, 5–7, 2–6) at 2018 San Jose
Number 7 ranked players
Ons Jabeur 1–1 50% 0–1 1–0 Lost (1–6, 3–6) at 2021 Indian Wells
Madison Keys 1–1 50% 1–1 Lost (4–6, 1–6) at 2020 Brisbane
Anett Kontaveit 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (7–5, 2–6, 2–6) at 2020 US Open
Number 9 ranked players
Julia Görges 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (2–6, 7–6, 6–4) at 2019 Australian Open
CoCo Vandeweghe 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–3, 1–6, 6–1) at 2018 Miami
Timea Bacsinszky 1–1 50% 1–1 Lost (3–6, ret.) at 2018 Tianjin
Number 10 ranked players
Kristina Mladenovic 1–1 50% 1–1 Won (6–3, 6–3) at 2021 Miami
Daria Kasatkina 1–2 33% 1–1 0–1 Won (6–3, 6–7, 6–1) at 2021 San Jose
Total 27–33 45% 22–24
(48%)
4–8
(33%)
1–1
(50%)
Statistics correct as of 8 November 2021.

No. 1 wins

No. Player Event Surface Rd Score Result
1. Ashleigh Barty 2021 Adelaide International Hard 2R 6–3, 6–4 SF

Top 10 wins

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