On a sunny Wednesday afternoon in Paris, contesting her first-ever clay-court quarter-final, Kenin took the opening set, as Collins seemed unsettled, giving her box directions as to where they should be sitting on the court.
“Sit in a different spot. Sit in a different spot. I’m distracted,” the 57th-ranked American told her team at 1-1 in the second set.
Collins soon recovered, and let out an almighty roar when she forced a decider on her third set point. The 26-year-old, who had been relatively subdued until then, seemed full of life all of a sudden.
But any hopes she had of a third-set comeback were squashed in the decider. After a lengthy bathroom break for both women, Kenin raced to a 4-0 lead in just 14 minutes as she clinched a double-break with a daring drop shot return played from the sunny side of the Court Philippe-Chatrier into the shade. With Collins now struggling with an injury, for which she received a medical timeout at 0-4 down, Kenin won the next two games to skip into the last four.
“She played well,” Collins said after the match. “Obviously there is a physical ailment, but I don't want that to take away from the great tennis that she was playing.”