Danielle Collins

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Danielle Rose Collins
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Collins at the 2019 French Open
Full nameDanielle Rose Collins
Country (sports)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Born (1993-12-13) December 13, 1993 (age 26)
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Turned pro2016 [1]
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
College University of Virginia
CoachPat Harrison [2]
Prize money US$ 2,567,747
Career record141–91 (60.8%)
Career titles1 WTA 125K, 4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 23 (January 28, 2019)
Current rankingNo. 51 (March 9, 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (2019)
French Open 2R (2019)
Wimbledon 3R (2019)
US Open 2R (2019)
Career record13–16 (44.8%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 87 (March 9, 2020)
Current rankingNo. 87 (March 9, 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2020)
French Open 2R (2019)
Wimbledon QF (2019)
US Open 3R (2019)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 1–1
Last updated on: March 20, 2020.

Danielle Rose Collins (born December 13, 1993) is an American professional tennis player. She played collegiate tennis at the University of Virginia and won the NCAA singles title twice, 2014 and 2016, during her sophomore and senior years. Collins finished her career at Virginia in 2016 as the top-ranked collegiate player. She made a significant breakthrough in the WTA Tour when she reached the semifinals of the 2019 Australian Open.




While at Virginia, she won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's best female tennis player in 2016. [3] [4]


In 2009, Collins played her first events on the ITF Women's Circuit. She won her first ITF singles title in 2011. [5] She did not play any professional matches in 2013 and 2015 while she was playing college tennis at Virginia.

Collins made her WTA Tour main-draw debut as a wildcard at the 2014 US Open in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, where she forced second seed Simona Halep to a third-setter in the first round. [6] In mid-2016, she turned fully professional. During her time on the ITF Circuit, she won 4 singles titles

2018: Breakthrough and top 50

Collins started the year reaching the third round of the qualifying rounds at the Australian Open before being outclassed by Denisa Allertová, in two sets. However, she received a wildcard at the WTA 125K tournament at Newport Beach, and claimed the title there, which saw her rise to a career-high ranking at that time of 120. [7]

Another impressive run at another WTA 125K tournament, this time in Indian Wells, saw her reach the quarterfinals and thus earn a wildcard at the BNP Paribas Open, a Premier Mandatory tournament that also takes place in Indian Wells. There, she won her first ever WTA match against compatriot Taylor Townsend, before beating world No. 14 Madison Keys in straight sets, [8] followed by a victory over Sofya Zhuk. Although her run ended in the fourth-round to former world No. 6 Carla Suárez Navarro, Collins made her top-100 debut, jumping from No. 117 to No. 93. [9]

Getting through the qualifying rounds at the Miami Open, Collins beat world No. 37 Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets before upsetting two-time major semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe in three sets. Victories over Donna Vekić and Monica Puig followed, before she earned the biggest victory of her career, beating her idol, former world No. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, who was the eighth-ranked player coming into their encounter. [10] With this win she became the first qualifier ever to reach the semifinals at the Miami Open. [11] She then faced sixth seeded Jeļena Ostapenko and lost in straight sets, despite having a set point in the first set. Making it to the quarterfinals in Monterrey, Collins broke into the top 50 for the first time.

2019: First major semifinal

Her rise continued at the Australian Open. Prior to the tournament, she had never won a match at a major event. After upsetting 14th seed Julia Görges in a tough first-round match, Collins won her next three matches in straight sets; first against Sachia Vickery, then against 19th seed Caroline Garcia. In the round of 16, Collins pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament, dominating the second seed and three-time major champion Angelique Kerber in straight sets. She thus reached the quarterfinals, where she defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets. In the semifinals, she lost to eighth seed Petra Kvitová in two sets. [12] Collins also recorded her best doubles finish at a Grand Slam event in 2019 at Wimbledon with Bethanie Mattek-Sands, where they reached the quarterfinals. In December, Collins won the Hawaiian Open, an exhibition tournament, upon the withdrawal of her finals opponent Angelique Kerber.

2020: Two big wins to begin the year

Collins began 2020 with three wins over top 15 opponents. She defeated world No. 5, Elina Svitolina, 6–1, 6–1 the first round at the Brisbane International before falling to world No. 13, Madison Keys 4–6, 1–6 in the quarterfinals. The following week at Adelaide International, she defeated No. 15 Sofia Kenin 6–3, 6–1 in the second round, and then No. 7 Belinda Bencic 6–3, 6–1 in the quarterfinals. Collins fell to world No. 1, Ash Barty, 6–3, 1–6, 6–7(5–7) in the semifinals. [13]

World TeamTennis

Collins played her first season with World TeamTennis in 2019 with Billie Jean King's Philadelphia Freedoms. She is set to join the Orlando Storm during the 2020 season scheduled to begin July 12. [14]

Playing style

Collins employs a highly aggressive playing style that has been described as "fearless", "ferocious" and "fun to watch". [15] She has a powerful serve, and strong groundstrokes on both wings, making her one of the hardest hitters on the WTA tour. Her style allows her to hit a high number of winners, but also a considerable amount of unforced errors. Her greatest strengths are her kick serve, her inside-out forehand, and her backhand down the line. She also possesses strong volleying skills, allowing her to hit winners from any position on the court.

Personal life

Danielle is a daughter of Walter and Cathy Collins. She graduated from Northeast High School, St. Petersburg, Florida, in 2012. As a high school player, her junior ranking was good enough to get her a scholarship from the University of Florida. After her freshman year, she transferred to the University of Virginia (UVA). She won the NCAA singles title in her sophomore and senior years.

She graduated from UVA with a bachelor's degree in media studies and business. [16]

Her postgraduate plan was to play professional tennis and attend business school. [17]

WTA 125K series finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

ResultW–L   Date   TournamentSurfaceOpponentScore
Win1–0 Jan 2018 Newport Challenger, United StatesHard Flag of Russia.svg Sofya Zhuk 2–6, 6–4, 6–3

ITF finals

Singles: 8 (4 titles, 4 runner–ups)

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Finals by surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (2–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfaceOpponentScore
Win1–0Oct 2011ITF Williamsburg, United States10,000Clay Flag of Russia.svg Nika Kukharchuk6–1, 6–3
Win2–0Oct 2016ITF Stillwater, United States25,000Hard Flag of the United States.svg Caroline Dolehide 1–0 ret.
Loss2–1 Oct 2016 ITF Macon, United States60,000Hard Flag of the United States.svg Kayla Day 1–6, 3–6
Loss2–2 May 2017 ITF Charleston, United States60,000Clay Flag of the United States.svg Madison Brengle 6–4, 2–6, 3–6
Loss2–3May 2017ITF Naples, United States25,000Clay Flag of the United States.svg Claire Liu 3–6, 1–6
Win3–3Jun 2017ITF Bethany Beach, United States25,000Clay Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Embree 6–1, 6–0
Loss3–4 Nov 2017 ITF Tyler, United States80,000Hard Flag of the United States.svg Kristie Ahn 4–6, 4–6
Win4–4Nov 2017ITF Norman, United States25,000Hard Flag of the United States.svg Sachia Vickery 1–6, 6–3, 6–4

Doubles: 2 (2 runner–ups)

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Finals by surface
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Carpet (0–0)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Loss0–1 Apr 2017 ITF Charlottesville, United States60,000Clay Flag of the United States.svg Madison Brengle Flag of Serbia.svg Jovana Jakšić
Flag of Argentina.svg Catalina Pella
4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Loss0–2May 2017ITF Naples, United States25,000Clay Flag of the United States.svg Taylor Townsend Flag of the United States.svg Emina Bektas
Flag of the United States.svg Sanaz Marand
6–7(1–7), 1–6

Performance timelines

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup and Olympic Games are included in Win–Loss records.


Current through the suspension of the 2020 WTA Tour.

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SRW–LWin %
Grand Slam tournaments [18]
Australian Open AAAA Q3 SF 2R 0 / 26–275%
French Open AAAA 1R 2R 0 / 21–233%
Wimbledon AAA Q1 1R 3R NH0 / 22–250%
US Open 1R A 1R Q1 1R 2R 0 / 41–420%
Win–Loss0–10–00–10–00–39–41–10 / 1010–1050%
National representation
Fed Cup AAAAA 1R 0 / 11–0100%
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open AAA 1R 4R 3R P0 / 34–357%
Miami Open AAAA SF 3R P0 / 26–275%
Madrid Open AAAA 1R 2R P0 / 21–233%
China Open AAAA 2R 1R 0 / 21–233%
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Italian Open AAAA 2R 2R P0 / 22–250%
Canadian Open AAAAA 1R P0 / 10–10%
Cincinnati Open AAAA 1R A0 / 10–10%
Wuhan Open AAAA 1R 2R 0 / 21–233%
Career statistics [19]
Tournaments101117183Career total: 41
Titles0000000Career total: 0
Finals0000000Career total: 0
Hard Win–Loss0–10–00–10–113–1011–116–30 / 2730–2753%
Clay Win–Loss0–00–00–00–02–46–50–00 / 98–947%
Grass Win–Loss0–00–00–00–02–32–20–00 / 54–544%
Overall Win–Loss0–10–00–10–117–1719–186–30 / 4142–4151%
Win (%)0%  0%0%50%51%67%Career total: 51%
Year-end ranking950N/A2991673631$2,567,747


Tournament 2018 2019 2020 SRW–L
Grand Slam tournaments [18]
Australian Open A 1R 2R 0 / 21–2
French Open A 2R 0 / 11–1
Wimbledon 1R QF NH0 / 22–2
US Open 2R 3R 0 / 23–2
Win–Loss1–25–41–10 / 77–7

Record against top 10 players

MatchesWonLostWin %Last match
Flag of the United States.svg Venus Williams 1220100%Won (7–5, 7–6(7–5)) at 2019 Wuhan 1R
Flag of Belarus.svg Victoria Azarenka 121150%Lost (1–6, 2–6) at 2019 Acapulco 1R
Flag of Germany.svg Angelique Kerber 121150%Won (6–0, 6–2) at 2019 Australian Open 4R
Flag of Denmark.svg Caroline Wozniacki 131233%Lost (6–4, 3–6, 4–6) at 2019 US Open 2R
Flag of Romania.svg Simona Halep 11010%Lost (7–6(7–2), 1–6, 2–6) at 2014 US Open 1R
Flag of Spain.svg Garbiñe Muguruza 11010%Lost (4–6, 6–4, 2–6) at 2019 Rome 2R
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ashleigh Barty 13030%Lost (6–3, 1–6, 6–7(5–7)) at 2020 Adelaide International SF
Flag of Japan.svg Naomi Osaka 12020%Lost (4–6, 2–6) at 2019 Indian Wells 3R
Flag of Russia.svg Vera Zvonareva 2110100%Won (6–1, 6–4) at 2019 Madrid 1R
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Petra Kvitová 22020%Lost (6–7(2–7), 0–6) at 2019 Australian Open SF
Flag of Ukraine.svg Elina Svitolina 3110100%Won (6–1, 6–1) at 2020 Brisbane International 1R
Flag of France.svg Caroline Garcia 4110100%Won (6–3, 6–2) at 2019 Australian Open 3R
Flag of Switzerland.svg Belinda Bencic 5110100%Won (6–3, 6–1) at 2020 Adelaide International SQ
Flag of Latvia.svg Jeļena Ostapenko 51010%Lost (6–7(1–7), 3–6) at 2018 Miami SF
Flag of Spain.svg Carla Suárez Navarro 621150%Won (6–2, 6–4) at 2018 Eastbourne 2R
Flag of the United States.svg Sofia Kenin 7110100%Won (6–3, 6–1) at 2020 Adelaide International 2R
Flag of the United States.svg Madison Keys 721150%Lost (4–6, 1–6) at 2020 Brisbane International QF
Flag of Germany.svg Julia Görges 9110100%Won (2–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–4) at 2019 Australian Open 1R
Flag of the United States.svg CoCo Vandeweghe 9110100%Won (6–3, 1–6, 6–1) at 2018 Miami 2R
Flag of Switzerland.svg Timea Bacsinszky 921150%Lost (3–6, ret.) at 2018 Tianjin 1R
Flag of Belarus.svg Aryna Sabalenka 92020%Lost (1–6, 0–6) at 2019 Wuhan 2R
Flag of Russia.svg Daria Kasatkina 101010%Lost (2–6, 3–6) at 2018 Rome 2R
Flag of France.svg Kristina Mladenovic 101010%Lost (3–6, 2–6) at 2019 Beijing 1R
Total36152141.67%* Statistics correct as of 5 February 2020

Wins over top 10 players

1. Flag of the United States.svg Venus Williams No. 8 Miami Open, United StatesHardQuarterfinals6–2, 6–3No. 93
2. Flag of Germany.svg Angelique Kerber No. 2 Australian Open, AustraliaHard4th Round6–0, 6–2No. 35
3. Flag of Ukraine.svg Elina Svitolina No. 5 Brisbane International, AustraliaHard1st Round6–1, 6–1No. 27
4. Flag of Switzerland.svg Belinda Bencic No. 7 Adelaide International, AustraliaHardQuarterfinals6–3, 6–1No. 27

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