Simona Halep did not face a worse opponent when she returned to the game after being absent for three months due to a left calf injury. Daniel Collins won 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 after a clash on center court at IGA Stadium on Wednesday night.
Currently without a full-time coach, the 27-year-old American is enjoying his best series: 12 consecutive wins and two consecutive titles. In Palermo (Class 250, on clay), then in San Jose (Class 500, on hard surfaces).
“I honestly don’t remember when I played a lot of games. It’s been so many weeks alone. And today, it’s finally so painful. I feel lucky to have achieved that,” Collins commented on the field.
28E The world has started a strong duel with Ace.
The main first ball in his game. Its success rate is low at 55%. However when she reached that first service goal, she was the best on the American circuit in terms of points exchange.
In the fifth game, already on her seventh attempt, the Romanian recorded the first break.
Then, after a direct foul in the seventh game, Collins dropped his racket.
Before her, Simona Halep did not appear to be an anxious player returning from a serious injury.
“I’m here to see how my body stands and what level I can play after this stops,” she said in various ways on Sunday during Media Day. In an interview with Tap, She also said she was “worried”.
After a second consecutive break that allowed them to go into the 5-2 lead, the remaining doubts were dispelled.
In the first set, Collins made 10 unforced errors. Halep, just a …
After the match, she confirmed that her calf had responded well. And even though she lost, she said she was happy with her match and her game.
For Daniel Collins, this is the first time in Montreal. In contrast, Simona Halep has won the last two editions of the Montreal Tournament in 2016 and 2018.
The tide is turning
The picture changed early in the second inning, with Halep bursting for the first time in her opening game on the serve.
But two rocket poses from Hot Collins and then broke, the balance was restored.
We do not know if Simona Halep’s mobility has diverted American attention. One thing is for sure, the Romanian seemed to have fully recovered.
Then, we attended the festival of break, five in a row immediately after the round ended. Five! 6-4 Collins.
Since Monday, Halep has been excluded Top 10 After 373 consecutive weeks, it is the eighth longest in history. Now 13E World, she is 6 years oldE Seeded in Montreal.
Controversial break, thrilling ending
The start of the third set highlighted the long inactivity of the winner of two major tournaments and 11 hard court titles. Her strokes are getting smaller as American power is constantly putting pressure on her.
However, the Romanian made the first break in the third game.
The last one? Not at all. The other two were followed in a row.
At this point, Daniel Collins requested a lengthy medical treatment in the locker room. At the top of the left thigh, apparently.
In a post-post interview, she apologized to Simona Halep.
“I think she realized I was suffering. But I felt bad because she was serving and had the pace.”
Not sure if Halep was convinced …
After two and a half hours of play, it was very difficult for me because it was not okay to have a break of more than 10 minutes. But some players, when they are afraid of losing a match, ask for a medical break, and then they run better than before, ”she dropped. Fue.
Meanwhile, with the opponent sweating and losing strength, she ended her stance by still accepting Collins credit for match quality.
Either way, the breakage mini-competition continued.
This led to 10E This is the last round game. An exceptional game in which Halep saved four match points before faltering.
After a round, an exciting duel that seemed to be going to be an evening that wasn’t too complicated for Simona Halep. This is not the case. And his extraordinary defense is not enough.
Consider breaks: 22 instances on both sides 7. As in winning each game as in service.
Daniel Collins will face his compatriot Jessica Pegula, 30, this ThursdayE World, in the 16th round.