Collins and Garcia faced each other for the third time, this time at Barnes Stadium in San Diego. Garcia had previously led their head-to-head encounters 2-0. However, the American player proved strong on her home turf in San Diego and easily overcame the second seed.
Garcia had a solid start in the second round, defeating Sloane Stephens 6-3, 3-6, 1-6. On the other hand, Collins advanced with victories over Louisa Chirico (7-5, 6-0) and Jelena Ostapenko (2-6, 6-3, 6-4).
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The first set saw both players holding their initial service games, but then Collins went on a streak of four consecutive games, showing great precision and securing two breaks that proved insurmountable for her opponent. Collins took the first set 6-2 in just 25 minutes of play.
In the second set, the match began with a closely contested first game, in which the American player secured an early break, giving her a lead that Garcia couldn't recover from. With both players holding their serves until 5-3, Collins closed out the match on her second match point, winning 6-2, 6-3 in just one hour and eight minutes.
With this result, Collins climbs to world No. 33 and will face the winner of the match between the 7th seed Beatriz Haddad Maia and the 4th seed Barbora Krejcikova in the semifinals.
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Kenin Returns to Semifinals:
Former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin had another impressive victory, defeating world No. 27 Anastasia Potapova 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
Kenin advanced to the semifinals for the first time since the Hobart Open in January and secured a jump of 30 places in the WTA rankings, currently positioning herself as world No. 63. In the semifinals, she will face the winner of the match between Emma Navarro and the third seed Maria Sakkari.