Elena Rybakina To Collide With Danielle Collins In Miami Masters Women’s Final

by Staff | March 30th, 2024, 11:28 am
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Like the men’s final, and new women’s champion at the Miami Masters will also be crowned with either Elena Rybakina or Danielle Collins taking home the trophy.

Rybakina, who missed Indian Wells with a stomach issue, had proven mentally tough this week winning four 3-set matches in five matches, including a thriller Thursday over 3-time champion Victoria Azarenka.

Rybakina made Miami final last year when she fell to Petra Kvitova in straight sets.

“Last year it was different conditions. I was coming from Indian Wells, a lot of wins,” Rybakina said.

“This year it’s much different. I was not expecting honestly to be in the final, because I was not prepared that well for this tournament. But really happy that I managed to battle through all these matches and be in the final again.”

Not she’ll set her sights on the trophy against the high-energy American Collins.

The 30-year-old who grew up in Florida is in her very first Masters level final, and she does it the same year in which she’s expected to retire.

“To have made the finals, first finals of a 1000 level in my home state during my last season, this is just, like, great,” Collins said. “The memories made this week on and off the court, yeah, I’m just over the moon.

“Living the dream. Living the dream in Miami,” she added. “I’m playing great tennis. Having some good battles out there against really great players. That should give me a lot of confidence for Saturday.”

Rybakina leads Collins 3-1 taking their last three, but Collins has been on a tear winning her last 12 sets without giving up more than three games in any set. But Rybakina will be her first Top 15 player she’s faced this event.

“I’m looking forward to playing Elena,” Collins said. “We have had a lot of great matches previously, some battles. That’s what we play for as professional athletes, these close ones. Every time I have played her, it’s neck and neck. These games are close, the points are close, they are long, challenging points. Big serves from both of us. Big returns, big groundstrokes. I think we will go out there and put on a great show and it will be a fun match.”

Rybakina will seek her 8th title while for Collins just her 3rd, first since 2021.

“For this kind of game, I need to be prepared physically, to also push myself, have a good serve,” Rybakina said of the final. “First few balls I need to be very fast, which, I mean, is going to be for sure difficult for me physically, but we see who is going to win in the end, and I will try to prepare and do my best in final, of course.”

The women’s final will be played at 3pm local time.

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