Danielle Collins had surgery to treat endometriosis last year, and the condition left her in excruciating pain during tournaments in 2021.
Danielle Collins has advanced to the semifinals of the Australian Open, where she will face fellow American Madison Keys. (Learn More About Tennis)
On her way to a 7-5, 6-1 quarterfinal win over Alize Cornet on Wednesday, Collins swung the match in her favour with a crucial service break in the final game of the first set.
The 28-year-old American matched her previous best performance at Melbourne Park, where she also reached the semifinals in 2019, her best Grand Slam tournament result.
Collins had surgery to treat endometriosis last year, and the condition left her in excruciating pain during tournaments in 2021.
Collins said in her post-match interview, “It feels incredible, especially after some of the health challenges I’ve had.”
“It’s been so rewarding to be able to get back to this level and be able to compete the way I have and be as physically fit as I haven’t been in a long time.”
On Thursday, Keys will face top-ranked Ash Barty in the other semifinal.
Cornet’s strong run came to an end with the loss, as she reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in her 63rd main-draw appearance. In the fourth round, the French player defeated two-time major winner Simona Halep in an upset. Cornet is expected to return to the top 50 in the WTA rankings as a result of her performance here, according to the WTA.
Collins will face the winner of the quarterfinal match between former French Open champion Iga Swiatek and Kai Kanepi on Rod Laver Arena.
When second-seeded Daniil Medvedev plays Felix Auger-Aliassime, 21, in a night match later Wednesday, he is expected to face one of the toughest challenges to his bid for a second consecutive Grand Slam singles title.
In the other men’s quarterfinal, fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Jannik Sinner.
The winners will meet in one men’s semifinal on Friday, while Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini have already qualified for the other, which will take place on Friday.