Danielle Collins triumphs in Miami, beats Elena Rybakina in final

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Danielle Collins triumph in Miami, beats Elena Rybakina in final

In the final of the women’s singles at the Miami Open, home favorite Danielle Collins, world number 53, after reaching the final at the Australian Open in 2022 won her first WTA 1000, the third tournament on the highest circuit reserved for women after Palermo and San Jose in 2021 by beating Russian-Kazakhstan’s world number 4 Elena Rybakina with a score of 7-5 6-3 in two hours and 2 minutes of play.

Rybakina has to save a break point in the second game of the match, then misses four at 3-3, of which the first two are consecutive. She has one’more on 5-5, Collins clears this one too and in the next game è she has two consecutive break points that are also set points, the first one the world number 4 cancels, the second one the US misses who then wins a third on which Rybakina sends a backhand long.

The 30-year-old from St. Petersburg, Florida, has another break point in the second game of the second set and transforms it but immediately afterwards Rybakina suddenly enters the game and breaks her opponent for the first time, who missed two 3-0 break points: After three games in which the two tennis players hold serve at zero Rybakina misses two break points at 3-3 and in the next game she loses serve.

È the decisive moment and the ninth game è by heartbreak: Collins misses three match points, nullifies two break points (9 out of 10 not converted by Rybakina) and the fourth championship point è the good one with the American who closes with a great cross backhand, her best shot, and then bursts into tears for the most important victory of her career that propels her to number 22 in the world while a deudent Rybakina remains number 4.

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