Not Sitting During the Australian Open, This Is Danielle Rose Collins' Reason
MDP Live - Last Saturday (29/1) at the top of the Australian Open, we saw one of Ashleigh Barty's best performances against Danielle Rose Collins.
Barty has been dominant throughout the Australian Open this season and that trend continues in the finals. However, the tennis player across the net from the world number 1 gave fierce resistance.
Before the Australian Open started, the host, Barty, was one of the favorites to win a Grand Slam title in Melbourne. But no one expected that the American would make it to the final, especially after he suffered a number of injuries in previous seasons. Even so, his journey to the final in Melbourne this time will inspire many.
The 27th seed has been stunning throughout the Australian Open this season. But he suffered a back spasm in the previous round, as well as in the final. That was the reason that kept him from sitting during the substitutions throughout the tournament.
“Yeah, that's the reason why I didn't sit down the entire tournament, which the physical therapist actually recommended, in order to avoid having my back spasm, which has been very challenging. This time, it wasn't because of my physical condition, if I'm completely honest,” said Rose Collins.
The American also revealed that he will work closely with specialists in the future so that he can return to the best condition for the next tournaments.
"I look forward to working closely with the specialists, heading into next week. I hope these strategies and techniques will help me move forward to the next tournaments in Dubai and Doha,” added Rose Collins.
Despite losing to Barty in straight sets, the American will occupy the highest ranking of her career to date, namely world number 10. He is also now the US number 1 tennis player. After his impressive performance at the Australian Open, he deserved it.
In the final, Rose Collins almost took a set against Barty when she led 5-1 in the second. But the tenacity of the world number 1 proved too strong for the Americans. Now, he will turn his attention to the next tournament which will start on February 14.
Danielle Rose Collins returns home with her head held high after Australian Open
MDP Live - Danielle Rose Collins says she will go home proud after cornering Ashleigh Barty in the first Grand Slam final of her career at the 2022 Australian Open.
The 27th seed was a calculated dark horse against world number 1 Barty as she snatched a 5-1 lead in the second set and looked determined to force the decider.
However, Australian Barty fought hard to get back on her feet and snatched four games in a row before forcing a tiebreak and picking up a straight sets win over the 28-year-old in the Australian Open final.
"Not the result I wanted of course, but I did my best. I did all the things I could do. I pushed to the limit and I gave myself a chance towards the end of the game," said Rose Collins.
"Unfortunately the game didn't go my way, but I did everything I could, and in the end, that's what you can do."
Despite losing the Australian Open final, the American will be breaking into the top 10 for the first time in her career when the new rankings are released next week.
The 27th seed's run at the Australian Open this season marks a remarkable turning point since she underwent surgery for endometriosis last year. After that, she won two Grand Slam titles and reached the Grand Slam final for the first time in her career. Interestingly, he achieved so much without a coach.
“I really train myself. I think I played with the right game plan. I did everything I could, but unfortunately some things just didn't work out for me," said Rose Collins.
"It's really difficult technically if you're not in good shape physically for you to do it."
"This time my body didn't always agree with me and I had to struggle a bit with my body, which is to be expected when you go this far in the tournament."
“I think my overall rating is pretty good. I think there are some areas I need to improve. I can certainly walk proud without a coach and do it alone.”
Australian Open Results: Danielle Rose Collins Returns To The Semifinals
MDP Live - Three seasons after setting foot in the semifinals of the first Grand Slam of her career, Danielle Rose Collins is back in the semifinals of the Australian Open in 2022.
The 27th seed successfully beat French national Alize Cornet 7-5, 6-1 in 1 hour 28 minutes in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open which was held at Rod Laver Arena.
“This means a lot to me. I mean, as an athlete and myself, I've been playing tennis since I was 7 years old. I train every day, I sacrificed a lot as a kid so I can be where I am today. For hours I spent on the field with my dad and he drove me all over the place to get the best facilities to get me to where I am today. With all the challenges and being able to overcome them, I know this means a lot to me, and so to my family,” said Rose Collins.
The American made a breakthrough at Grand Slams when she competed at the 2019 Australian Open, precisely when she made sure to qualify for the semifinals as the world number 35. During that Grand Slam, she bagged her first win over a top 5 player when she defeated 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber in the last 16.
The 28-year-old has a 31-7 winning streak since last July. In that period, he had won 12 consecutive wins, which included winning back-to-back titles in Palermo (clay-court) and San Jose (hard-court).
Playing the first tournament of the 2022 season in Melbourne, he has a chance to debut in the top 10 after the Australian Open, but only if he manages to make it to the final.
While the defeat ended the best run of world number 61, Cornet in a Grand Slam. She beat former world number 1 Simona Halep to finally reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in 63 appearances at a Grand Slam.
Rose Collins had come from a set down in her previous two matches, but she held on tight to win a tight first set before sliding into the second without much of a hitch.
The American hit 28 winners, more than Cornet, who only hit 11 winners. Although she made 12 more unforced errors than the French, she claimed 90 percent of her first serve points and only lost on one occasion.
Waiting for Rose Collins in the Australian Open semifinals is the seventh seed, Iga Swiatek or the Estonian Kaia Kanepi.