A pair of former champions hit the exits Saturday at the US Open. Garbine Muguruza, considered by many to be the second favorite behind Simona Halep, couldn’t hold the lead against Danielle Collins in a 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 loss to the American.
The 2016 champion served in the third up 3-0 but dropped six of the next seven games to put Collins into her first French fourth round, and second at a Slam.
“She was playing really well, and there was only so much I could do,” Collins said. “I just told myself, Okay, I’ve got to ride out the storm a little bit. Just give it all I have. Just stick through the process.
“It was really challenging at times because of how well she was playing, particularly how well she was serving. Some of the shots she was coming up with sometimes were just too good. I had to accept that and move on and just try to stay as positive as I could.”
The match began on Suzanne Lenglen but due to rain at 1-0 in the first, it was moved indoors into Chatrier following a near 90 minute delay.
Collins, and new coach Nicolas Almagro, will have a real shot at the quarters and more against Ons Jabeur. The Tunisian became the first Arab woman into the French fourth round after beating Aryna Sabalenka in three sets 6-3 in the third.
Jelena Ostapenko, who won the title in 2017, fell to former junior champion Paula Badosa 6-4, 6-3. In her first Slam fourth round, Badosa will take on Laura Siegemend who upset 2019 quarterfinalist Petra Martic.
Former semifinalist Petra Kvitova overcame a 5-1 first set to deny 2019 junior girls winner Leylah Fernandez 7-5, 6-3.
I’m so glad that I was still there even fighting in the first set, back on the track, and I didn’t really know that I gonna turn it around,” Kvitova said. “But I was just trying to, you know, kind of came back to the set, to my game, to find a way.
“It was great I was still able to win the first set. I’m really glad for me that I was still there mentally.”
The Czech lefty will meet Zhang Shaui. And Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin played her best match of the event, running off 12 straight games to bounce qualifier Irina Bara 6-2, 6-0.
Kenin will next collide with Frenchwoman Fiona Ferro.
On Sunday, the fourth round begins win Simona Halep meeting Iga Swiatek and Elina Svitolina tests French hope Caroline Garcia.
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