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Collins upsets Venus in Miami quarterfinal

01 April, 2018, 02:39 | Author: Drew Briggs
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The 25-year-old dropped the opening set but recovered to clinch a dramatic 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over the world number one.

It was Collins' first victory against a top 10 player.

With AP Photos.Sloane Stephens is heading to the Miami Open final, after rallying to beat Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals.

Ostapenko got her spot in the semi-finals by ousting fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5) and is now to get the upstart Collins with a berth in tomorrow's final at stake.

"The first time I saw Venus in the locker room I almost cried", Collins admitted.

Thursday's semifinals EST will feature Victoria Azarenka vs. Sloane Stephens at 1 p.m., and Ostapenko vs. Collins at 9 p.m.

"In the first set, I was down but came back and I battled really well", said Stephens, who is looking to improve to 6-0 in finals.

"She's a fighter and I can not wait to get out there and have another great match". "It was insane, but people just don't know what's going on".

She built on that success as a favourable net cord allowed her to pass Azarenka en route to a second break for a 5-2 lead and her sixth successive game levelled the match.

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"This is so cool, it's awesome", Stephens said in an on-court interview after the match.

Collins will face Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in the semi-finals on March 29.

"That just turned into people saying how I'm such a flop and I'm never going to be the same", added Stephens, who was ranked No. 83 when she won the Open, becoming only the fifth unseeded champion in tournament history.

The out-of-nowhere French Open title last June was a hard act to follow in the intervening months.

Three-time Miami Open victor Azarenka, 28, comfortably won the first set but hit four double faults in the second as the American started to dominate.

Going into the match against Stephens, Ostapenko said, "I think I'm calmer and also mentally stronger than I have been".

"Everything that is special or important to me I keep at my grandparents' house", she said, a big, toothy smile emerging from beneath her baseball cap.

"Overall, what I've done is not bad at all", Azarenka said, summing up her four-week return.

"I mean, she played very well and aggressively, and she went for every shot and it landed", explained Williams.

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