Can Florida’s Danielle Collins Win the US Open?

By  //  July 20, 2022

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Florida’s Danielle Collins has enjoyed a remarkable year so far and hopes to carry her good form into this year’s US Open. The St. Petersburg underwent surgery at the start of 2021 but bounced back in impressive style winning her first WTA title at the Palermo Ladies Open in July and followed that a month later with her second WTA title at the Silicon Valley Classic.

Winning streak

Those wins catapulted Collins into the world’s top 30, but she wasn’t finished yet, extending her winning run to 12 matches, reaching the third round of the Canadian Open and reaching the third round of the US Open for the first time. She ended the season ranked No. 20 in the world. The Florida resident is currently priced at +5000 for the 2022 US Open, well behind the current favorite, who is priced at +225 on the tennis tips and betting websites. But does that price represent good value?

A great start to 2022

Collins started 2022 in the best form of her career. She reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the second time in her career, but this time went one better, winning her semi-final in straight sets to reach her first Grand Slam final. She eventually lost to world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty.

Her Melbourne display lifted her into the top 10 for the first time in her career. Collins failed to go far at either the French Open or Wimbledon but will be expected to perform well on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows at the upcoming US Open.

Danielle Collins is moving on 🆙#AusOpen#AO2022

— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 29, 2022

In a better place

Collins admitted to feeling happier and being able to live her “best life” again after overcoming some challenging setbacks. The physical and mental improvements are clear to see in her game. She will be hoping to revive her season’s best form when she returns to home soil for the final Grand Slam of the year.

US Open hopes

Her best results have come at the Australian Open (one final and one semi-final), so she is clearly comfortable on the hard surface. So far, that has not translated to New York, although she did record her best performance last year, reaching the third round. That was her first year playing there without the discomfort that had plagued her and her game has gone up another level since then. Now a top-10 player and with eight wins versus top-10 opponents under her belt, including a Grand Slam semi-final victory over the current World No. 1, she must be a contender.

At 28 years of age, Collins is something of a late bloomer on the tennis scene, but that fits with her powerful and aggressive playing style, which she is now able to implement more effectively as she enters her prime. Plus, she now has the experience of a Grand Slam final behind her, which will go a long way to helping with the big game nerves, which can play a part. She might not win, but we wouldn’t back against her reaching the last four.