Three-time French Open champion Serena Williams of the United States will meet compatriot Danielle Collins in the third round of the 2021 French Open on Friday, June 4. Get the live streaming options of this Serena Williams v Danielle Collins match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Serena Williams v Danielle Collins Head to Head
They have met just once before, in the quarterfinals of the Yarra Valley Classic earlier this year, which Williams won in the match tie-break.
Williams Needs Three Sets To Beat Buzarnescu
Seventh seed Serena Williams moved into the third round of the French Open after winning a close second round contest against Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu on Wednesday.
After winning the first set without facing a break point, Williams got broken twice in the second as the Romanian forced the decider.
Williams however took control of the deciding set to close out the two-hour-and-three-minute contest 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
The 23-time major winner had beaten another Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round on Sunday. But that match had needed just two sets as the 39-year-old American won 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 in an hour and 42 minutes.
On Wednesday, Williams hit 26 winners and 27 unforced errors and capitalised on five of 14 break point opportunities. Her opponent too had seven break points in the match but the American saved five of them.
The World No. 8 improved to 11-3 following the win over Buzarnescu. She had a solid start to the season by reaching the semifinals of the Yarra Valley Classic and then reaching the final four at the Australian Open before going down to Naomi Osaka in straight sets.
Williams came to Paris with a 1-2 record on clay, having faced shock defeats to Nadia Podoroska in Rome and Katerina Siniakova in Parma.
A 73-time winner and 25-time finalist at the tour level, Williams is still one slam away from Margaret Court’s record of 24 majors, a record she has been chasing for the last four years, having not won a Grand Slam since winning the Australian Open title in 2017.
Collins Eases Past Kalinina
Back in action after undergoing a surgery for endometriosis, Danielle Collins in flying again.
The World No. 50, who survived a tough three-setter against qualifier Xiyu Wang in the first round, needed just 62 minutes to breeze past Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina in the second round on Wednesday.
Collins struck 28 winners and converted 6 of 8 break points to beat the World No. 139, 6-0, 6-2.
In the first round on Sunday, the 27-year-old American had needed two hours and 15 minutes to defeat China’s Wang 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
A 2019 Australian Open semifinalist, Collins was a quarterfinalist at Roland Garros last year. She had defeated seeded players in Garbine Muguruza and Ons Jabeur on her way to the last eight, where she lost to eventual finalist Sofia Kenin in three.
She had come to this year’s French Open with a 10-5 record, but was short of match practice, having not taken the court since her second round defeat to Veronika Kudermetova at the Miami Open. Collins underwent the surgery following the WTA 1000 event in Miami.
Earlier, she had reached the semifinals of the Phillip Island Trophy and the quarterfinals of the Yarra Valley Classic and Adelaide International. Her run at the Australian Open ended with a second round defeat to Karolina Pliskova, whom she had beaten in the Round of 16 of the Yarra Valley Classic.
Collins has also beaten World No. 1 Ash Barty this year, winning the Round of 16 against the Aussie in Adelaide.
Serena v Collins Prediction and Tip
Although Collins is off to a good start and was a quarterfinalist here last year, she doesn’t have a lot of experience on clay, while her opponent has three titles and a runner-up finish at Roland Garros. Collins will challenge but expect Williams to advance.