Danielle Collins defeats Alize Cornet to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Danielle Collins will compete for a spot in the final against either Iga Swiatek of Poland or Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. Danielle Collins defeats Alize Cornet to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Danielle Collins has advanced to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Danielle Collins raced into the final four of the Australian Open on Wednesday, matching her performance from last year and shattering French veteran Alize Cornet’s goal of reaching a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time. In searing temperatures on Rod Laver Arena, the American 27th seed happened to come through an intense match 7-5, 6-1 to proceed with her comeback after a surgical procedure last year.
Collins, a standout high school player who didn’t become pro until she was 22, has been in great shape after undergoing surgery to cure endometriosis in April of last year and ripping her belly at Roland Garros. She came back to win her first WTA championships in San Jose and Palermo, and she’s now equaled her 2019 run at Melbourne Park, her only Grand Slam semi-final appearance. Both players maintained their opening service as they eyed one another up in the first encounter of a duo known for their on-court aggression, with temperatures reaching 34 degrees Celsius. They looked for cracks in the defense, and the first cut arrived on Cornet’s serve after Collins hit a stunning passing shot. As the American pressed hard, the Frenchwoman blocked it all and two more, and she was rewarded with a backhand volley to pull 3-1 up.
Cornet hung in there, but Collins was offering her little chances until game 10 when nerves got the better of her as she defended for the set. Cornet broke back with a backhand that she netted, however, the American held her calm to gain three breakpoints at 6-5. Cornet made two saves before sending a spinning forehand long. Collins maintained the strain on in set two, breaking serve to go 2-0 up with a powerful forehand after holding service. Cornet was disheartened, and her confidence was shattered once more as she slumped to a 4-0 deficit with no way back.