Playing the first clay-court quarterfinal of her career, fourth seed Sofia Kenin overcame fellow American Danielle Collins 6-4 4-6 6-0 to advance to the semifinals of Roland Garros 2020.
For the first time in their four meetings has Kenin managed to win a set against Collins, taking today’s opener in 44 minutes by virtue of a love break she earned in the fifth game. At the same stage of the second set Kenin again went ahead, but Collins immediately broke back to level to 3-3 and then converted her fourth set point as Kenin was serving to stay in the match at 4-5.
The reigning Australian Open champion Kenin absolutely dominated the decider. Even though Collins had no apparent health issues, she asked for a medical timeout while 0-4 down. The focused Kenin didn’t allow the break to disrupt her rhythm as she once again broke Collins to go 5-0 up. In the sixth game, Kenin rolled her ankle, but luckily managed to continue and bageled the world No.57.
Kenin’s semifinal opponent will be Czech seventh seed Petra Kvitova, who eased past Germany’s Laura Siegemund earlier on Wednesday on Court Philippe Chatrier. The other semifinal pair at this year’s French Open will be played between Argentinian qualifier Nadia Podoroska and Polish teenager Iga Swiatek.