Two-time champion Naomi Osaka was unable to summon the reserves needed to defeat Danielle Collins late Tuesday night at the US Open, as the Japanese superstar was defeated by the American in straight sets.
Collins rallied from a break down in each set to secure a 7-6(5) 6-3 win, notching her first victory over the former World No.1 in four attempts. Although Osaka obtained the early break to lead 3-0, she was unable to sustain any momentum as Collins fought back to level the set at 3-3.
Both ladies held serve with a tiebreak ensuing, where Collins proved to be the more consistent player as she escaped with the first set. Osaka raced to another lead at the start of the second, but her poor service performance saw Collins break back to level the score once again.
The 19th seed applied pressure from the baseline, as Osaka was forced to scramble in an attempt to keep balls in play. The four-time Major champion was not very successful at the net, winning only a third of those points as Collins seemed to have a solution each time.
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After a second break saw Collins establish a 5-3 lead, the American saved came back from 0-40 as she served for the match, before closing out proceedings after an hour and 34 minutes.