Danielle Collins of the United States will play China’s Saisai Zheng in a meeting between two unseeded players in the first round of the 2021 WTA Adelaide International on Monday, February 22, with the match likely to begin at around 7 pm local time. Get the live streaming options of this Danielle Collins v Saisai Zheng match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Danielle Collins v Saisai Zheng Head to Head
China’s Zheng brings a commanding 2-0 lead in the series, having beaten the American in Wuhan in 2018, and at the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose in 2019.
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Collins, An Ever-present In All Melbourne Tournaments
Danielle Collins wants to make this Australian trip worthwhile in every sense of the imagination. For the 27-year-old Florida native, the Australian summer season is invariably her most productive half of the tennis season.
The former University of Virginia graduate, famously rose to prominence with breathtaking run at the 2019 Australian Open, where she eliminated three seeded players including Julia Goerges, Caroline Garcia and Angelique Kerber. Her performance against Kerber in particular, will forever be etched among the most domineering in Grand Slam history.
That feat was always going to be difficult to repeat, but Collins managed to produce another stellar run at the French Open last year where she reached the last eight.
Currently down nearly 20 spots from her career-high ranking, she began her 2021 season in Melbourne, playing in the tune-up event, the Grand Slam and makeshift tournament last week.
And now, she has made the eight-hour trip from Melbourne to Adelaide, to participate in the second edition of the Adelaide International. Last year she reached the semifinals, where she lost to the home favorite and eventual champion Ashleigh Barty in three sets.
Zheng Winless in 2021
In three tournaments, Saisai Zheng is yet to register her first win of the 2021 season. This paradigm is notable for Chinese players who are struggling to hit the ground running due to the severity of travel restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Most players from China shut down their season completely when tennis was temporarily suspended in March last year, and the 44th-ranked Zheng is now feeling the ill-effects.
The Chinese Tennis Association organized a tennis event towards the end of last year in an effort to give the higher ranked players an opportunity to finetune their games in the buildup to the 2021 season. Zheng featured in the tournament, but did not make any imprint.
Can Zheng return to winning ways in Adelaide? There is a real possibility. The 27-year-old owns a good record against Monday’s opponent, and is such an awkward draw for the power hitting players. Her only hard court title came in San Jose in 2019, the same year she beat Collins and went all the way, dispatching Aryna Sabalenka in the championship match.
Collins v Zheng Prediction and Tip
Collins is the form player, but she has not had any joy in this match up in recent years. We expect this to change on Monday. The American posted a solid run at Phillip Island Trophy, and she should pile more misery on the winless Zheng.
Tip: Collins to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)