WUHAN, China (AP) — American Danielle Collins beat seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams 7-5, 7-6 (5) in the opening round of the Wuhan Open yesterday.
Williams controlled the match early, going up 5-3 in the first set before dropping nine games in a row. A major turning point occurred when Williams failed to convert two set points while up 5-4 in the first.
After falling behind 0-5 in the second set, Williams stormed back to force the tie-break, which Collins won 7-5.
“I didn’t really play great the entire way through so I wasn’t too happy with my performance even though I got the win, but I was happy to pull it out and sometimes you have to win ugly,” said Collins.
Collins has now won both of her encounters with Williams, her previous win coming in last year’s Miami quarterfinals.