PARIS: Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin is well positioned for a run at a second Grand Slam title this year as the highest seed left in the tournament going into Wednesday’s (Thursday in Manila) quarterfinal with fellow American Danielle Collins.
However, the feisty Collins cannot be discounted in an unpredictable women’s tournament where two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova takes on first-time Slam quarterfinalist Laura Siegemund.
Sofia Kenin (USA x4) v Danielle Collins (USA)
Head-to-head: Collins leads 1-0
Kenin has developed a knack of working her way out of trouble in Paris, twice recovering from a set down en route to the last eight.
In her last 16 win over Fiona Ferro she overcame a first-set blip and partisan crowd, displaying a steely resilience while raising her game to another level.
The 21-year-old says she needs “step up” again having reached the quarter-finals of a major for just the second time.
Collins, 26, is a late bloomer after taking the taking the college route in the US, twice capturing the national singles title while at Virgina.
She is another battle-hardened character, notably rallying from a double break down in the final set to knock out 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza in the third round.
The 57th-ranked Collins beat Kenin in straight sets in Adelaine earlier this year and is aiming to match her run to the 2019 Australian Open semifinals.
“I know that it’s going to be another battle and another fun match,” said Collins.