Collins Claims Last Quarterfinal Spot With Three-Set Victory

August 6, 2021 02:00 AM

SAN JOSÉ, CA (August 5, 2021) – On a day when all four seeds advanced in matches that went all three sets, it was No. 7 seed Danielle Collins that stole the show with a thrilling comeback against fellow American Sloane Stephens. 

After dropping the night’s first set, Collins rallied and ultimately advanced with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory. Making her third appearance at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, Collins is now one win away from matching her 2018 trip to the semifinals. 

One of the tournament’s hottest entrants coming into the match, Collins won her first career WTA title last month at the Palermo Ladies Open. She has now won seven straight matches, dropping just one set (against Stephens tonight) in that stretch. 

“That was a really hard fight,” said Collins after the competitive match. “I really had to lock in to what I was doing. It was hard at times both mentally and physically but I just took it point by point.” 

Collins will face No. 2 seed Elena Rybakina in Friday’s first quarterfinal. Playing in her first match of the week after receiving a first-round bye, Rybakina won a wild contest over American Claire Liu 2-6, 6-0, 6-2. 

It was eighth-seeded Yulia Putintseva who won Thursday’s first match, outlasting Australian star Ajla Tomljanovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. No. 1 seed Elise Mertens also punched her ticket to the quarters on Thursday, taking down France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. 

In doubles action, the third-seeded pair of Ellen Perez and Kvetoslava Peschke downed Zhang Shuai and Eri Hozumi in a quick 57 minutes. The No. 3 seed won five of the match’s first six games, ultimately cruising to a 6-3, 6-1 win to become the first team to make the semifinals. 

The American team of Catherine McNally and CoCo Vandeweghe are also through to the semifinals, advancing with a victory over Valeria Savinykh and Dayana Yastremska. 

The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic continues Friday at 11 am when No. 4 seed Daria Kasatkina meets Polish star Magda Linette. The featured match of the day session will be a battle between top-seeded Mertens and the No. 8 seed Putintseva. 

The evening session features another seeded showdown as the second-seeded Rybakina is set to face No. 7 Collins at 7 pm. 

Individual session tickets are on-sale now. Get your tickets today for this historic Bay Area event as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary, August 2-8, at San José State University.

Co-founded by the legendary sportswoman, visionary, and activist Billie Jean King, the tournament was the first event of the historic 1971 women's professional tennis tour, a precursor to the WTA. Its list of past champions reads like a who's who of women's tennis, including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams, and Kim Clijsters.

Tickets can be purchased at, or you can call the tournament ticket office at 1-833-94-MATCH (1-833-946-2824).

Owned and operated by IMG, the tournament features a 28-player singles draw and 16-team doubles draw and serves as the opening women's event of the US Open Series.

ABOUT THE MUBADALA SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC: Co-founded by Billie Jean King in 1971, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic celebrates its 50th Anniversary and is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world. Owned and operated by IMG, the WTA 1000 level event is the first women's stop on the US Open Series and features a 28-player singles draw and 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $565,530. 

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