Australian Open finalist, NCAA champion, The Lion: Everything you always wanted to know about Danielle Collins (but never had the time to find out) – updated with retirement announcement

Danielle Collins reached her first Grand Slam final at the 2022 Australian Open. Here are responses to some common questions about the American

Danielle Collins of the United States in action during the fourth round at the 2022 Australian Open Grand Slam Tennis Tournament Danielle Collins of the United States in action during the fourth round at the 2022 Australian Open Grand Slam Tennis Tournament Image Credit: Zuma / Panoramic

Who is Danielle Collins?

Danielle Collins is an American player who competes on the WTA Tour. She was born on December 13, 1993 in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States.

Is Danielle Collins retiring?

Yes. After losing to world No 1 Iga Swiatek in the second round of the 2024 Australian Open, the American announced that 2024 would be her last season on tour, though she does not know when her final tournament would be just yet.

“At this point, you know, I’m kind of at the end of my career and they don’t sting quite as much, to be honest. I feel like I have kind of gotten to the point where obviously they matter and, you know, my career means a lot to me, but the end of the day, you know, you either win or you lose, and that’s all there is to it. This is going to be my last season, actually, competing. I don’t really know exactly when, but this will be my last season and I’m really looking forward to that,” Collins told the press in Melbourne after her loss to Swiatek.

What did Danielle Collins achieve at the 2022 Australian Open?

Danielle Collins reached the final of the 2022 Australian Open, her first time into a Grand Slam singles final. The 30th ranked American who had also reached the Australian Open semis in 2019, lost to world No 1 Ash Barty in the championship match.

Did Collins play collegiate tennis?

Danielle Collins played collegiate tennis at the University of Virginia ( she took a transfer from the University of Florida after her freshman year) and won the NCAA singles title twice in 2014 and 2016.

Does Collins have any health issues?

In 2019, Collins revealed she had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammatory condition that causes pain and swelling in the body’s joints.

“I have not been feeling all that great for quite some time, but it has been somewhat of a relief and completely validating to understand the cause behind my pain. As I have started treatment, I am looking forward to embracing this next challenge in life. Without a doubt, every healthy day is a gift and I am one hundred percent committed to keeping strong and continuing to battle on and off the tennis court. While I don’t know for sure what my journey to recovery will be, I do know that I feel really positive about getting back on the court. I feel like now I can get better and address my body’s needs in fighting this disease,” Collins said on social media.

In April 2021, Collins also underwent surgery for endometriosis, a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.

How many WTA titles has Collins won?

Danielle Collins has won two WTA singles titles in her career – Palermo (on clay) and San Jose (on hard). Collins won both the tiles back-to-back in the July-August 2021 period, embarking on a career-best 12-match winning streak during that stretch.

What is Danielle Collins’ highest ranking?

Collins’ highest singles ranking is No 7 in the world, which she achieved for the first time in July 2022. Her current ranking and ranking history are available on her WTA Tour profile page.

How much prize money has she won in her career?

Collins has won more than $6.7 million in career prize money as of early January 2024. You can find her updated prize money stats on her WTA Tour profile page.

What is Collins’ best performance in a Grand Slam?

Collins reached the final of the Australian Open in 2022, her first time in a Major final. She deefated world No 9 Iga Swiatek in the semi-final before going down to top-ranked Ash Barty in the final.

This was the second time that Collins had reached the deep end of the Australian Open. In 2019, she beat 13th ranked Julia Goerges, 19th ranked Caroline Garcia and world No 2 Angelique Kerber en route to the semi-finals where she lost to Petra Kvitova.

She also reached the quarter-finals of the French Open in 2020. At the US Open, her best performance was a fourth-round finish in 2022 and at Wimbledon, she reached the third round in 2019.

What is Collins’ style of play?

Collins plays an aggressive game, hitting powerful groundstrokes off her forehand and backhand. She is also known for her intensity on court. Her 2022 Australian Open quarter-final opponent Alize Cornet described her as “a Lion”, saying “She’s like a lion. Oh, my God, she impresses me a little bit because she’s like so intense, I’m intense too but I think she’s next-level intense. She’s hitting so hard.”

Is Danielle Collins on social media?

Collins is on Instagram (where she is followed by more than 178,000 followers) and has a page on Facebook (8,400 followers).

Collins’ reactions on and off the court have made her a big hit among tennis fans in the online world.

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