Collins upsets Muguruza with late turnaround in French Open third round

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In a match that took place on two courts, Danielle Collins rallied from a double break down in the third set to stun 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza and close the third-round action at the 2020 French Open, 7-5 2-6 6-4.

After playing just one game on Court Suzanne Lenglen and a lengthy rain delay, the players resumed their encounter around 9 p.m. under the Court Philippe Chatrier roof. The outcome of the match was uncertain until the last minute.

The eleventh-seeded Muguruza opened each of the three sets by breaking Collins. In the first set, the 57th-ranked Collins quickly leveled to 2-2 and edged the set with a dominant display in the last two games. The second set was all about Muguruza, who never even faced a break point.

In the decider, Muguruza was a point away from a 4-0 lead and it looked like Collins was finished. However, Collins started building her way back from 0-3 to 4-4 and in the end Muguruza’s game completely melted away as the American raced away with the last two games, converting her first match point on the Spaniard’s serve.

The 26-year-old Collins will next face 30th seed Ons Jabeur, the first Arab woman to reach the singles fourth round at Roland Garros.

Other fourth-round pairs at the 2020 French Open are the following:

[1] Simona Halep vs. Iga Swiatek
[5] Kiki Bertens vs. Martina Trevisan
[3] Elina Svitolina vs. Caroline Garcia
Nadia Podoroska vs. Barbora Krejcikova
[4] Sofia Kenin vs. Fiona Ferro
[7] Petra Kvitova vs. Zhang Shuai
Laura Siegemund vs. Paula Badosa


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