Venus Williams plays in-form qualifier Danielle Collins for a spot in the final four at the Miami Open. After beginning the year with two losses, Venus has refound her form in March with an Indian Wells semi final to add to this run. “I’m looking forward to playing somebody I’ve idolized my entire life,” Collins said of the matchup.
Collins, a two-times NCAA singles champion, started the year outside the top 150. She will be at least top 70 after this tournament after backing up a solid fourth round at Indian Wells as a wildcard with this one as a qualifier. She came from a set down to beat Monica Puig in the previous round, no mean feat considering the large and vocal support the Puerto Rican gets in Miami. “I’ve had the best weeks of my life for my tennis. Win or lose, I don’t really have anything to lose! I’m going to go out there and do the best I can, and it’s going to be a great match, I think.” she said.
Venus battled back from a set down to beat defending champion Johanna Konta 5-7 6-1 6-2. After a lengthy match against Kiki Bertens in the previous round, there would have been concerns Venus may struggle to grind out a win again. However, that proved not to be the case as she dominated much of the final two sets. “I think she just played really well and was able to get a foothold in, and then she just kind of played well at the right times. (to) Just get a rhythm to her game I think helped me.” she said.
It will likely be the end of Collins dream run but the American looks ready to be a permanent fixture on the main tour if this past month is anything to go by.
Prediction – Venus Williams in straight sets