Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Collins makes it 12 in row with win over returning Halep

Danielle Collins, shown during last week's Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in
San Jose, Calif., is set to play fellow Floridian Jessica Pegula for a quarterfinal
berth in the National Bank Open in Montreal. Photo by Mal Taam
   Danielle Collins extended her winning streak to 12 matches with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 6 seed Simona Halep in 2 hours, 55 minutes tonight in the second round of the National Bank Open on hardcourts in Montreal.
   Collins, 27, of St. Petersburg, Fla., won Palermo on clay three weeks ago and San Jose on hardcourts last week for her first two WTA titles. She had surgery for endometriosis, in which tissue inside the uterus grows outside of it, in early April and returned less than two months later for the French Open. Doctors removed a cyst the size of a tennis ball from her ovary, as well as material from her bowel and bladder.
   Halep, the Montreal champion in 2016 and 2018, returned after missing three months with a calf tear. She dropped to No. 13 in the rankings this week to end her streak of 373 weeks (more than seven years) in the top 10, eighth-best in WTA history. Halep climbed to No. 1 in 2017.
   Collins is scheduled to play Jessica "Count" Pegula of Boca Raton, Fla., on Thursday for a quarterfinal berth after the 4 p.m. PDT match between No. 2 seed Bianca Andreescu of Canada and No. 13 seed Ons "Kareem-Abdul" Jabeur of Tunisia (Tennis Channel). Pegula eliminated No. 10 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the French Open runner-up in June, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. 
   Collins and Pegula — ranked No. 28 and No. 30, respectively — will meet for the first time since 2016. Pegula has not lost a set in two matches in the head-to-head series.
   Top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus outlasted Sloane Stephens, who grew up in Fresno, Calif., 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4. Stephens, the 2018 runner-up, led 4-1 in the last set.
   Sabalenka reached the San Jose final in 2019, losing to Zheng Saisai of China, and advanced to her first Grand Slam semifinal last month at Wimbledon.
   In the second round of doubles, Magda Linette of Poland and Bernarda Pera of the United States ousted No. 2 seeds Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara of Japan 6-4, 7-6 (3).
   Aoyama, 33, and Shibahara, a 23-year-old native of Mountain View in the San Francisco Bay Area, reached the Wimbledon semifinals last month.
   No. 4 seeds Alexa Guarachi of Chile and Desirae Krawczyk of the United States beat Canadian wild cards Melodie Collard, 18, and Carol Zhao (Stanford, 2014-16) 6-3, 6-4.
   Guarachi and Krawczyk advanced to the French Open final last October, falling to defending champions Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France.
   ATP Tour — In the first round of doubles in the National Bank Open in Toronto, Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands and Austin Krajicek of Plano, Texas, defeated "Baltimore" Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Ben McLachlan (University of California, Berkeley, 2011-14) of Japan 6-4, 7-6 (4).
   Klaasen and McLachlan won last week's Citi Open in Washington, D.C.
   Juniors — No. 10 seed Aidan Mayo, who grew up in Roseville, Calif., in the Sacramento area, defeated No. 29 seed Eric Li of Skillman, N.J., 6-1, 6-4 to reach the round of 16 in the USTA Boys 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
   No. 28 seed Colton Smith of Tenino, Wash., beat No. 33 seed Luke Casper of Santa Cruz, Calif., 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. 
   In the boys 16s in Kalamazoo, No. 2 seed Emon van Loben Sels of Sacramento advanced to the round of 16 with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 19 seed Owen Megargee of Washington, D.C.
   No. 3 seed Learner Tien of Irvine, Calif., eliminated No. 24 seed Dylan Tsoi of El Dorado Hills, Calif., in the Sacramento region 6-3, 6-0.
   In the girls 18s in San Diego, No. 4 seed Alexandra Yepifanova, an incoming freshman at Stanford from Lake Worth, Fla., and No. 17 seed Vivian Ovrootsky of San Jose, Calif., lost in the fourth round.
   No. 17 seed Meera Jesudason of Berwyn, Pa., topped Yepifanova 3-6, 7-5, 6-1, and No. 10 seed Sarah Hamner of Boca Raton beat Ovrootsky 6-1, 7-5.

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