Qualifier Collins stuns idol Venus to reach semis in Florida

Ostapenko got her spot in the semi-finals by ousting fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5) and is now to get the upstart Collins with a berth in tomorrow's final at stake.

"This is so cool!" If you've followed the 25-year-old American throughout her career, you'd know that she's a very streaky player and can beat or lose to anyone on any given day.

"For me this is so incredible to have friends and family here". Her first real test at the Miami Open took place against Romanian qualifier Monica Niculescu, who's always tricky to face.

After racing into a 4-1 lead in the first set, Collins held her composure to win the set 6-2 and gave herself a great platform to build towards a win. Azarenka was able to stop the rot as she held for 1-4, though Stevens did not look back as she held, and then converted a second match point on her opponent's serve to reach a first Premier Mandatory final. Not only did she beat Azarenka for the second time in a month - she also scored a second round-victory in Indian Wells, Calif. - but Stephens also upset the reigning Wimbledon champion, Garbine Muguruza, in the round of 16 and another former world No. 1, Angelique Kerber, in the quarterfinals.

Danielle Collins produced the performance of a lifetime and pulled off an almighty shock at the Miami Open tennis tournament on Wednesday, sending Venus Williams crashing out 6-2, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals. "When I have some news, I'll be ready to share them", said Azarenka who stressed she felt an injury for the whole match.

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Stephens disappeared again after that epic win in NY, but now she's back, perhaps for good.

"It's different if you win a Grand Slam when you weren't even thinking about it, like Sloane did", Murray told ESPN.

"I knew I was going to have to fight and she came out strong but if I could keep it close, I had a chance and would get the opportunities", said the no 12 seed. She continued to use depth and power to earn a sixth break point and force an error from the Latvian, immediately broken back.

Latvian Ostapenko needed successive tie-breaks to see off the world number four, eventually prevailing 7-6, 7-6 following two lengthy sets which lasted nearly an hour each. "As a team, we never took a minute, or a step back, to assess what happened - and where we go from there". "But physically I was not anywhere near where I wanted to be, and that's just what you get when you're not 100 percent healthy".

  • Lawrence Cooper