Danielle Collins insists that she is not «a vindictive person» as she just wants to go out there and do her best against Aryna Sabalenka. On Saturday, Collins defeated Alize Cornet 6-4, 7-6(9) to set up a US Open Round of 16 meeting against Sabalenka.
Going into the match, Sabalenka owns a 3-0 head-to-head against Collins. In the third round of the US Open, Sabalenka defeated Naomi Osaka, against whom she previously had zero wins and three losses. But Collins insists that she is not the type of person or player who seeks revenge.
«I’m not really a vindictive person. I just come here and do my best. I love to compete. Any win is a plus for me. Lucky to be here with a lot of the challenges I’ve faced. I’m motivated from within, I do my best. that I can.
I work my tail off. I have an amazing work ethic. I think that comes out a lot in my performances,» Collins said.
Collins on beating Cornet
In the first set, Collins earned the first break in game five and then held serve for the rest of the set to win the opening set.
As not a single break point was seen in the second set, the set had to be resolved in a tie-break. There, Collins saved three set points before converting to her second match point to escape with a straight-set victory. «She was getting some free service points from her like me.
It was like she was holding on, I was holding on. She went to battle in the tiebreaker. She luckily got a couple of points with her serve. That gave me some confidence. She was able to close it. She was very, very close, especially in the second set until the end.
But really the first set was also close in the same way», reflected Collins. It remains to be seen if Collins can now get her first win over Sabalenka.