Just because you have not heard of someone does not mean they are not any good.
We are so used to hearing the same familiar names at the major tournaments around the world – Serena and Venus; Petra and Simona; Maria and Caroline – that when a new face appears we tend to overlook them. A newbie? Must be on a bit of a lucky run… But Danielle Collins is a newbie with a difference.
True, she had never won a match at a Grand Slam until she got to Melbourne (she is now in the semifinals) but that was more due to misfortune rather than lack of talent. After losing in qualifying at last year’s Open, she went on to draw Caroline Wozniacki in the first round of the French Open, Elise Mertens in the first round of Wimbledon and Aryna Sabalenka in the first round of the US Open. It was a baptism of fire for Collins as she played her first full season on the WTA Tour.
But that has only helped her here this year.