Danielle Collins enters the fourth round of the US Open

This US Open 2022 will be remembered for Serena Williamsbut Danielle Collins begins a memorable run.

The 19th-seeded American, who defeated Naomi Osaka in the first round and Cristina Bucsa in the second, survived a wild tiebreak in the second set on Saturday night to defeat Alizé Cornet 6-4, 7-6 (9) Arthur- Ashe Stadium.

Next up for Collins, who reached the final of the Australian Open in January, is sixth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka in the round of 16.

Collins had 0-3 against Osaka bbefore hitting her. Collins is 0-3 against Sabalenka. This could be her revenge spree.

“I’m not really a vindictive person,” she said with a smile. “I’ll just get out of here and do my best.”

The late-night crowd got behind the Florida native, who struggled by 20 points in the tiebreak against French Cornet. A brilliantly placed forehand winner gave Collins the 19th point, the 20th was hers from a backhand slam.

Danielle Collins hits a forehand in her US Open third-round win.
Danielle Collins hits a forehand in her US Open third-round win.

“The audience was amazing. It’s so much fun playing the night games here,” said Collins. “I love being able to play in the light. I love the crowds that come to the nightly games. We’re getting so many more fans than I feel tonight. The energy is just contagious.”

Collins, 28, who won despite 29 unforced errors due to 52 winners, has reached the round of 16 for the first time at the Open. She had never made it past the second round and never won a Grand Slam until her third-round crash last year, but an era in which Williams may not be playing could bring new champions.

Collins became the fourth American to reach the fourth round, along with Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula and Alison Riske-Amritraj.

Top seed Iga Swiatek has never lost in a Grand Slam match to a player ranked outside the top 100.

American and world No. 105 Lauren Davis couldn’t change that fact.

Swiatek, who had defeated American Sloane Stephens in the second round, also made quick work of Davis in a 6-3, 6-4 win in straight sets at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

The match was closer than it sounds. Davis led 3-0 in the second set before the 21-year-old took control.

“It wasn’t as smooth as in the first and second round, but I’m really happy that I was able to close it in the second set,” said Swiatek, who will next play against Germany’s Jule Niemeier.

In another action, No. 11 Jannik Skinner defeated American Brandon Nakashima 3-6 6-4 6-1 6-2 in a match that ended early Sunday morning.

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