The American Danielle Collins, 30th in the world, dominated the French Alizé Cornet (61st) 7-5, 6-1, Wednesday in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open of which she finds the last square that she had already reached in 2019.
Collins, 28, will face the Polish Iga Swiatek (9th) or the Estonian Kaia Kanepi (115th) on Thursday to try to climb for the first time in the final of a Grand Slam tournament.
“It’s an amazing feeling, especially after the health issues I’ve been through,” Collins said of the endometriosis she suffered from last year and underwent surgery for. “To be able to come back to this level and fight like I do by being so physically strong, is a great reward,” she added.
Real competitors, real great athletes
“Especially when you play against players as strong as those I have faced in the last two games, real competitors, real great athletes,” she said of Cornet and Belgian Elise Mertens. (26th) dismissed in the round of 16 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
After a tight first set where the Frenchwoman, quickly broken, managed to come back to 5-5 before losing her face-off a second time and the set in stride, the second part of the match was one-sided.
The American quickly led 5-0 and if Cornet saved the honor by winning her face-off once, Collins did not fail to close the match on her next face-off after 1:28 of the match.
Cornet participated at the age of 32 in his 63rd Major and had managed for the first time to climb to the quarter-finals, after notably dismissing the world N.3 Garbine Muguruza and the ex-N.1 Simona Halep.