Collins upsets Venus in Miami quarter-finals

American qualifier Danielle Collins shocked her Florida idol growing up, Venus Williams, defeating the No. 8 seed 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday night in quarterfinal play.

"I played Jelena a long time ago on clay in the juniors and I won, so now we are grown up I am excited to play her again". She managed her lead and put an end to a three-match losing streak against players from the United States after losing to Venus Williams (2017 Wimbledon and 2017 WTA Finals) and Lepchenko (2017 Toronto).

Stephens disappeared again after that epic win in NY, but now she's back, perhaps for good.

A break for 6-5 in the first set gave her the opportunity to serve it out but it wasn't taken allowing Ostapenko to force a tie-break which she dominated 7-1. The Roland Garros champion went to on to hold and asked for her coach, David Taylor, on-court when she was 5-4 up.

2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens struggled to replicate her success after winning her first Major in NY in September.

Ostapenko's route to the tournament's showpiece women's contest was much more serene as she dispatched American Danielle Collins 7-6, 6-3.


Stephens didn't record her first win post-US Open until she defeated Pauline Parmentier in Acapulco in late February. She then won 15 of the final 21 games.

Stephens has certainly found her form at just the right time and despite falling behind today in the first women's semi-final, the American, who will enter the top 10 for the first time next week when the WTA rankings are announced, upped her game while Azarenka, hamstrung by six double faults and a hip problem, lost her way.

"She's a fighter and I can not wait to get out there and have another great match". She played nearly flawless tennis to snap up four points in a row and allow her opponent just one point, closing it out 7-1. "And when I had a chance, I was going for it". He's played far better in this event with wins over Jiri Vesely, Mikhail Youzhny and No. 2 seed Marin Cilic before taking down the 21-year-old South Korean.

"That just turned into people saying how I'm such a flop and I'm never going to be the same", added Stephens, who was ranked No. 83 when she won the Open, becoming only the fifth unseeded champion in tournament history.

"Overall, what I've done is not bad at all", Azarenka said, summing up her four-week return.

"Really what it comes down for me is keep doing what I'm doing and just keep that feeling that I'm having on the court", he said.


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