Collins knocks out Halep; Badosa advanced to the round of 16 of Rome

7th seed Danielle Collins of the United States defeated former world number one Simona Halep of Romania 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the second round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Wednesday night.

The 2022 Australian Open finalist Collins improved to 2-1 for life against former champion Rome Halep after just over two hours of play. This is Collins ’first trip to the round of 16 in Rome after two previous defeats in the second round.

Words of the winner: “Simona is someone I’ve looked up to for a long time, someone I really admire as a contestant, as an athlete,” Collins said after the win. “I felt like today was somehow in my favor because I know her game well because I watched a lot.

“I had to go out and play really aggressive and be consistent at the same time because she’s relentless, she gets everything back. I just had to be very patient. There were times when I was a little up and down with my serving, so somehow I made some adjustments and just tried not to be too hard on myself. “

Former champion overthrown: Halep reached the Internazionali BNL d’Italia final three times, finishing as Elina Svitolina’s runner-up in 2017 and 2018 before finally winning the 2020 title.

However, Collins did not allow her opponent’s record of excellence in Rome to prevent her from breaking 38 winners in the match, more than tripling a total of 12 of Aleppo’s 12 Collins ’24 winners in the first set is the highest number of winners in a set for any player so far this week.

Collins regularly went on bold returns and was rewarded with six serve breaks of nine break balls. The American won 60 percent of the points when she returned the second serve to Aleppo.

Match story: Collins ’kicks were at odds with Halep’s speed and slag, and the players were in a stalemate for most of the first set, alternating three breaks.

But after Collins smashed Halep to love for 6-6, the American took control by dominating the tiebreak with an aggressive game. Collins scored the last four break points to draw a one-set lead.

After missing the first set of 81 minutes, Halep quickly fell behind 4-0 in the second set. Collins failed to serve the match at 5-2, but made even more huge returns and came up with a double match ball on Halep’s serve at 5-3. Collins took advantage of her first opportunity with a forehand winner down the line.

The following All-American clash: Collins will now fight for his first meeting with compatriot Amanda Anisimov in the round of 16. Anisimova upset No.12 holder Belinda Benčić earlier on Wednesday.

“[Anisimova] is a really aggressive player, I feel we have some similarities in our games, “Collins said.” It will be interesting to play with each other for the first time. “

Badosa has a winning debut: 2nd seed Paul Bados of Spain joined Collins in the round of 16 with her own evening victory. It took Bados 1 hour and 17 minutes to avoid world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-1.

“I think it was harder than the results, especially the second set,” Badosa said afterwards. “I think she raised her level a lot and she went for it every time, very aggressive. I had to take it a step further and play with more intensity, and I think I played really well, especially in the second set.”

Despite her high schedule, this was Bados ’first match of her career at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. After parting in the first round, the 3rd tennis player in the world triumphed in her debut in the tournament, with 17 winners and a 75 percent success rate that returned Sasnovich’s other serves.

After saving a break point in the first game, Badosa burst into tears, jumping to a 5-0 lead. From there, things got messy as Badosa saw five sets of balls come and go in that game, allowing Sasnovich on the board.

Badosa missed two more set balls when Sasnovich broke out for 5-2. But Badosa won the eighth set ball in the next game, which was in favor of the Spaniard because Sasnovich let the forehand miscue fly for a long time.

Bados also needed four match balls in the second set before she won after another long Sasha’s forehand. Sasnovich had seven break points in the match, but he took advantage of only one of those opportunities.

In the round of 16 Bados will meet Daria Kasatkina, who beat Leylah Fernandez in a tiebreak in the third set on Wednesday. Badosa won their only previous match, which was held on hard ground in this year’s semifinal in Sydney.

“[Kasatkina] is always a tough opponent, she plays very well, “said Badosa.” Her favorite ground is the clay court, so I expect a very difficult match. Lots of sets, and physically difficult. “


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