Danielle Collins played her first match since the U.S. Open on October 11. Monday’s first round of the San Diego Open saw 6-2, 7-6 (4) stun France’s seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia.
Collins, a 28-year-old Florida native, fell to Ashleigh Barty in her first Grand Slam final at the Australian Open. Prior to making it to the fourth round of the U.S. Open, she had early exits at the French Open and Wimbledon.
Collins survived a shaky serving performance on Monday in which she only played 48 percent of her first serves, and had seven more double faults than aces (five). Martina Trevisan of Italy will be her next challenger after she overcame Camila Osorio of Colombia 6-3, 6-4.
Madison Keys, Coco Vandeweghe, and qualifier Louisa Chirico were the other three Americans who triumphed in their first-round matches.
In the evening’s final match, Canadian Bianca Andreescu defeated Russian Liudmila Samsonova, who was the fortunate loser, 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-2.
In the opening round at Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Jule Niemeier of Germany and Jasmine Paolini of Italy both achieved unexpected victories.
However Paolini defeated sixth-seeded Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, and Niemeier defeated third-seeded Ana Bogdan of Romania 7-6 (5), 6-2.
Despite having eight double faults to Bogdan’s one, Niemeier prevailed in crucial situations, earning five of her seven break points.
Fourth-seeded Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine, eighth-seeded Anna Bondar of Hungary,
eighth-seeded Anna Blinkova of Russia and eighth-seeded Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium also advanced to the second round.
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