Danielle Collins' dramatic rise from the ashes: From top 70 to back into top 10 in three months

Friday, 24 May 2024 at 08:37
Danielle Collins has staged an incredible comeback to the top 10 after reaching the semi-finals of the 2024 Internationaux de Strasbourg which has been made more remarkable by her being top 70 at the start of the year before she announced her imminent retirement from the sport.
Collins ever since being thrashed by Iga Swiatek at Indian Wells began a 15-match winning streak and has continued her form since. Only Aryna Sabalenka has got close to dethroning Collins with two wins over her in recent weeks. The 30-year-old has continued that stellar form into Strasbourg.
She defeated Katerina Siniakova and then hilariously dodged speaking French in the post match interview. She then followed it up with a straight sets success over Clara Burel in the Quarter-Finals which was her 21st win in her last 23 matches. She will return to the top 10 next week albeit has a few spots to make up in order to be her career high.
She was priorly World No.7 after reaching the Australian Open final. But in reality is perhaps playing the best tennis of her career including that period at the moment. She won Miami and Charleston back-to-back earlier in the season and has been the form horse aside from Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka on the WTA Tour.
A lot of talk has stemmed around the WTA Big Three featuring Elena Rybakina, but right now it is the former duo and Collins realistically leading the way. Ahead of Roland Garros and also impending retirement, Collins is in the form of her life and doesn't seem to be stopping. A superb farewell and one that continues to bear fruit.
From being just inside the top 100 to back inside the top 10 and also being one of the favourites for Roland Garros, the story of the 'Danimal' continues into her final months and into the latter stages of Strasbourg in this case.

Danielle Collins will be in the top 10 again when the new rankings come out. Lost for words at how incredible she’s been this season. She was outside of the top 50 at the start of the year. Since Indian Wells, she’s won 21 matches and lost 2. She’s turned her final season…

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