Melbourne (AFP) – Danielle Collins returned to the Australian Open quarter-finals after coming from behind to win 4-6 6-4 6-4 over Belgian 19th seed Elise Mertens on Monday.
The duel lasted nearly three hours in temperatures of just over 30°C (90°F) at Rod Laver Arena.
This is the first time Collins has come back from a low group to win back-to-back matches at a Grand Slam tournament.
The 28-year-old American also lost the first set in her third round match against Clara Towson.
The 27-year-old Collins reached the semi-finals at the 2018 Australian Open, which remains his best result at a major tournament.
A win in the next round over Simona Halep or Alice Cornet would send Collins back to the fourth round.
“Today was very difficult for my physical condition,” Collins said. “I played a long game the other day, two and a half hours, and then I played my husband, so I spent about five hours on the field.
“I had to make a lot of technical adjustments to feel comfortable in the movements, especially with the transmission.”
In the men’s branch duels, corresponding to the fourth round, Daniil Medvedev, king of the US Open, was later measured with Maxime Cressi. Stefanos Tsitsipas (4th seed) collided with Taylor Fritz (20) and faced US Open champion Marin Cilic, Felix Auger-Aliassime (9)
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