American Danielle Collins dismantled world No.2 Angelique Kerber 6-0 6-2 to clinch a maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at Australian Open 2019.
The world No.35 hadn’t won a major main draw match until this week at Melbourne Park, but dissected the game of the second seed in 56 mesmerising minutes on Sunday afternoon.
The reward for the devastating display by Collins is a quarterfinal with either Sloane Stephens or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who duel later on Sunday evening.
“I may not have won a Grand Slam match before this tournament, but I gotta tell you I think it’s going to keep on happening,” quipped Collins with a beaming smile after striking 29 winners in a standout victory. “I hope to have many more of these.”
“It's been an incredible experience. I'm so grateful to be here in Melbourne. I definitely played some tournaments in some strange places the first year that I turned pro. I'm really just grateful to be out here doing what I love and playing in front of a good crowd.”
Wimbledon champion Kerber toasted her 31st birthday with an emphatic victory over Aussie charge Kimberly Birrell on Friday, becoming only the eighth active WTA player to accumulate 100 Grand Slam main draw match wins.