MELBOURNE, Australia – Danielle Collins, who had not won a match at a Grand Slam tournament before this year, beat second-round Angelique Kerber (6-0, 6-2) from Sunday's fourth round on Sunday's most impressive Result of the Australian Open in just 55 minutes.
Collins commanded the game from the beginning and dictated the game by aggressive attack, especially with her two-handed backhand. She has won 29 winners compared to only six for Kerber.
Kerber, a three-time Grand Slam champion from Germany, had few solutions for Collins and could not use her counterweight to take control of the game point.
After Kerber lost the first set in just 20 minutes, he left the Margaret Court Arena court, apparently trying to change the swing of the game, and Collins grinned, waiting.
Kerber won the first two points after she returned, played to herself with a renewed reason and encouragement cry, but Collins once again announced her presence in the match by calling "guy!" A drop shot winner on the third point.
Collins & # 39; s contentious attitude is well-known in tennis, and something she readily recognizes and hugs calls her "only part of the deal with me" in court.
"I mean you all know: I'm my own person, I'm naughty," she said. "I love to make it a war somehow. If someone wants to face my casual mistakes, I have no problem getting back to them immediately and making it a lively game. I love that, embrace it. I love it when things get competitive. The perseverance in their tennis also extends to off-court activities.
"Even karaoke – I do not have a good voice, but I always try to do the best I do," said Collins, a 25-year-old Floridian. "If I'm not, I'll still say I'm the best. You have to believe it, right?
This distinctiveness was clear when Collins ended her victory. Kerber broke in the first game of the second set after their verbal exchange, but Collins collapsed in the next game and then finally sat down in front of Kerber, as she broke again 4-2.
Mat Cloer, one of Collins The coaches said she had played "pretty flawlessly" in the first set and did what she needed to keep the momentum going.
"They knew after the first sentence that they would come out and do the second boost," Cloer said of Kerber. "And she did, and Danielle really did it very well. She showed great composure, but did not come back. She lost the first game of the second set, but she showed that she was a bit fiery in Angie.
He added, "I think that allowed her to show that I'm still here and I'm going to fight it, which in my opinion did not make Angie easy – and Danielle just kept going. "
Collins, a two-time National Singles Individual at the University of Virginia, is the first college player to reach the women's quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament since Lisa Raymond at the 2004 Australian Open.
"I believe that college advancement helped me develop as a person," she said. "I really know who I am, what I am, what I want, what I want to do with my life, what I want to do with my tennis.
" I have other interests and passions besides tennis. Maybe I can relax a bit more than other people because they just played tennis all their lives and did not really want to play. "
Collins had her homework before the biggest victory of" I had a clear idea of what I would do, "said Collins.
"I showed her from the first moment that I would not let her in, that I would dictate the whole way. I stuck to my schedule. it worked out well for me, the sailing through the whole thing was pretty smooth. I just felt great. "
Collins was a quick study in the elite of professional tennis. Ranked 162nd a year ago, she broke through with a passage into the semi-finals of the Miami Open last March, beating Venus Williams on the road.
Collins, now number 35 in the rankings, will be next-fifth Sloane Stephens or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Tuesday for a place in the semifinals.
"Hopefully another great tennis match for me," Collins said in her court interview, one of several responses that did not scare the audience into such unwise self-esteem.
Although Collins built their ranking, the success of Grand Slams came only at this tournament. Her victory in the first round against the 14th seed Julia Goerges was her first win at a Grand Slam event.
At their press conference, Collins pointed out that their draws in their three previous Grand Slam games had been anything but enviable. Opening every time against a top 20 opponent.
"I did everything I could in these situations," Collins said of her defeats to Caroline Wozniacki, Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka. "Sometimes it just does not work the way you want it to. Everyone gets the shot on the cake. At the moment, I certainly get mine. I'm fine. I'm just focused on that.
In her post-trial interview, Collins made it clear she could win more sluts for the success of Sweet Slam.
"I may not have won a Grand Slam match before," she said. But I have to tell you: I think it will continue to happen. "