Unseeded American, Danielle Collins, who has never won a Grand Slam main draw match until this year, has found herself in the semi finals after she defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 2-6 7-5 6-1. Collins backed up her upset win over former champion and world no. 2, Angelique Kerber.
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Photo: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 22: Danielle Collins of the United States celebrates winning match point in her quarter final match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia during day nine of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
Pavlyuchenkova broke in the opening game, and although Collins had an opportunity to break back in the next game, she was unable to and trailed 2-0. The Russian broke again to have a 3-0 game, before Collins broke 3-1, but still was down a break. Pavlyuchenkova got another break to earn her double break lead back, as well as holding her own serve 5-1.
Collins then held her own serve for the first time, doing to with a love game. Pavlyuchenkova got a set point, but lost it with a double fault. Collins then had a chance to break, but also lost it, when the Russian hit a backhand winner. Pavlyuchenkova took the set when Collins sent the ball wide on the second set point.
The Fight Back Begins for Collins…
The American broke in the fourth game of the second set, fighting back from 40-15 down, with a double fault helping along the way, followed by two unforced errors of the Russian’s racquet. Collins solidified her break, and Pavlyuchenkova also held her serve.
Then in the ninth game, Collins was serving for the set, but a backhand winner preceded by a double fault brought up a break back point, which Pavlyuchenkova converted with a backhand winner. She then held her serve to level at 5-5. Collins held her service and then broke Pavlyuchenkova’s serve in a marathon 11 minute game to win the set.
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Photo: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 22: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia serves in her quarter final match against Danielle Collins of the United States during day nine of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
In the third set, Collins ran away with the match, with a 5-0 lead. Pavlyuchenkova held her serve to go 5-1, saving a match point along the way. Collins then served out the match needing more match points to earn her spot in the semi-finals.
Collins will face either the eighth seed, Petra Kvitova, or the no. 1 Australian Ashleigh Barty for a place in the Australian Open Final.