Venus Williams vs Danielle Collins WTA Miami tennis Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Venus out to end compatriot Collins' dream run in Miami

Leye Aduloju in WTA 28 Mar 2018
  • Venus Williams vs Danielle Collins is live from Miami on Wednesday, 28 March from 7:00pm local time/ 12:00am BST (Thursday morning)
  • First ever meeting between Williams and Collins
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Venus Williams. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Venus Williams continues her bid for a fourth Miami Open title when she takes on fellow American, Danielle Collins in the quarter finals on Wednesday.

Venus Williams vs Danielle Collins WTA Miami Open tennis is live from Miami on Wednesday, 28 March from 7:00pm local time/ 12:00am BST (Thursday morning)
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It’s been a very productive month for Collins, who has surged into the top-100 after a series of strong results, and the 24-year-old now confronts one of her idols in her bid for an improbable semi-final spot at a Premier Mandatory tournament. Will the dream run continue, or will the legendary Williams move into a ninth Miami Open semi-final?

Williams claimed her three titles in a four-year spell between 1998 and 2001, but she has made only one final since then, in 2010, when she lost to Kim Clijsters. She has gone close a few other times, reaching four other semi-finals, including last season when she beat Svetlana Kuznetsova and Angelique Kerber before falling to Johanna Konta in the last four.

Venus earned her revenge over Konta in the fourth round, battling back from a set down to dominate the final two sets. The American got off to a slow start; and had to save four break points to avoid going down a double break in the first set, but she slowly found her feet, broke back for 3-3, and even held a set point as Konta served at 4-5. The British No. 1 held on; and turned the tables by breaking in the next game before serving out the opening set. 

That was all the joy she would get in the match as Venus responded emphatically, winning 12 of the next 15 games to move into the quarter finals. The American ran through Konta in the second set, breaking twice to take the set after 34 minutes, and she took immediate control of the decider, forcing an early break to go 2-0 up. Konta briefly fought back to get to 2-2, but Williams had attained unstoppable mode, sweeping through the next four games to pull off the 5-7 6-1 6-2 victory after two hours and 21 minutes. 

Williams has now been taken over two hours in each of her three matches in Miami. In fact, her second-round victory over Kiki Bertens, during which she saved three match points, was just five minutes shy of three hours, while she needed two hours and eight minutes to get past Russia’s Natalia Vikhlyantseva in two tight sets in the opening round. That’s a lot of time and effort on court for anyone, let alone a 37-year-old, and it will take a remarkable effort if she is to go on and claim the title from here.

Venus still hasn’t won a WTA title since February 2016. She came very close last year, reaching finals at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the WTA Finals in Singapore, but could not quite get over the line. She had a slow start to 2018, losing tournament openers in Sydney and the Australian Open, but she stormed back into form with a semi-final run at Indian Wells, and has again strung together three very good wins in Miami. She takes on fellow American, Danielle Collins in the quarter-finals.


Collins has enjoyed a remarkable rise over the last few weeks. 

Danielle Collins. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The 24-year-old, who excelled in collegiate tennis in the United States, claiming two NCAA titles, was ranked 160th at the start of the year, but she is currently positioned inside the top 100 after a series of outstanding results. 

The American lost out in the final qualifying round of the Australian Open, but she had a strong run in the Oracle Challenger series, winning the title at Newport Beach and reaching the quarter finals at the Indian Wells 125K meet. She earned a wildcard into the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, where she scored her first WTA main draw win over Taylor Townsend. She backed it up with victories over Madison Keys and Sofya Zhuk, before falling to Carla Suarez Navarro in the fourth round. Just to prove that that run wasn’t a fluke, Collins has fared even better in Miami, taking down Irina Camelia-Begu, CoCo Vandeweghe, Donna Vekic and Monica Puig to advance to her first WTA quarter final!

Collins actually made her WTA main draw debut in 2014, when she pushed Simona Halep to three sets in the opening round of the US Open, but she had spent most of her career on the ITF circuit. The American did not become a full pro until 2016, the year she graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Media Studies. After working her way through the rankings via the ITF tour, Collins has barged into the big stage in 2018, and will now go face-to-face with an all-time great on Wednesday night.

"I'm looking forward to playing somebody I've idolized my entire life," she admitted.  
"I've had the best weeks of my life for my tennis. Win or lose, I don't really have anything to lose! I'm going to go out there and do the best I can, and it's going to be a great match, I think."

It is obviously the first ever meeting between Williams and Collins, and as long as the underdog doesn’t crumble under the occasion, she has got the game to make this very close. Collins is powerful off the ground, and is particularly dangerous on the backhand wing, while she backs it up with very good mobility around the court.

That may be an area where Venus may be found wanting, given that the amount of time she has spent on court already. The three-time champion remains the favourite, but this one is not exactly set in stone!

Venus Williams vs Danielle Collins is live from Miami on Wednesday, 28 March from 7:00pm local time/ 12:00am BST (Thursday morning)


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