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Wozniacki vs Collins WTA Rome Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Fitness concerns over Wozniacki as she faces tricky Collins test in Rome opener

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 13 May 2019
  • Caroline Wozniacki vs Danielle Collins is live from Rome on Tuesday, 14 May from 11:00am local time/ 10:00am BST
  • Wozniacki won their only previous meeting at Roland Garros last season
Caroline Wozniacki. (PA Sport)

Former world No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki starts her Rome campaign on Tuesday as she takes on American, Danielle Collins in the first round.

Wozniacki is seeking her first win on European clay this season, after retiring against Alize Cornet in the first round of the Madrid Open last week. The Dane trailed 3-0 in the first set against Cornet when she stopped due to a back injury.

It’s been a very eventful year-and-a half for Wozniacki. She finally claimed that previously elusive Grand Slam title at the Australian Open last season, and with it, returned to No. 1 in the world in what was arguably the biggest achievement of her career, but she never really matched the Melbourne heights through the rest of the season, adding just one more title in Beijing, and another semi-final in Doha. She revealed at the end of the year that she had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis just after Wimbledon, which in a way, explains her drastic dip in form around that period. 

Between Wimbledon in July and Wuhan in September, Wozniacki won just three matches in six tournaments, but she showed that she can still compete at the highest level despite her condition by winning the Premier Mandatory title in Beijing later in the year.

Wozniacki was slow off the blocks in 2019, falling to Bianca Andreescu in the Round of 16 in Auckland, and surrendering her Australian Open title after a third round loss to Maria Sharapova in Melbourne. She suffered another setback in February as a viral illness kept her away from the Middle Eastern swing, but she returned to the tour for the Premier Mandatory meets at Indian Wells and Miami, losing to Ekaterina Alexandrova in the opening round at Indian Wells, and making the fourth round in Miami following wins over Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Monica Niculescu (she was knocked out by Su-Wei Hsieh).

Wozniacki failed to make a quarter final through the hard court season, but her fortunes changed on her return to clay, as she reached the Charleston final (lost to Madison Keys)- her first final since last year’s China Open. She could not quite build on that in Madrid as she was pegged back by injury, but the world No. 12 will look to get back on track in Rome, where she was a quarter finalist last season. The Dane opens her campaign against Danielle Collins on Tuesday.


Collins’ season has ebbed and flowed- she had a 0-2 start to the year, losing tournament openers in Brisbane and Sydney, but she then launched a remarkable run to the semi-finals of the US Open, blowing away Angelique Kerber in a stand-out 6-0 6-2 fourth round victory before falling to Petra Kvitova in the last four. She then slipped back into very ordinary mode, winning just two matches between Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami, but she found some form on the green clay of Charleston, reaching the quarter finals.

She has been less successful on the European red clay, going 1-2 in Prague and Madrid. She was beaten by Jennifer Brady in the opening round in Prague, while she went one round better in Madrid, getting past Vera Zvonareva before losing to Australia’s Ashleigh Barty.

Collins has had a sharp rise in the women’s game over the last year-and-a-half, climbing from 167th in mid-January last season to a year-end mark of 36th- the main catalyst of that rise being a superb semi-final run at Indian Wells- while she peaked at a career-high mark of 23rd earlier this season following her Australian Open semi-final. She’s dropped off since then, drifting out of the top-30 at the end of the Miami Open, but she enters Rome at exactly 30th in the world. There are points to be won this week, as she only made the second round last season, and she will be looking to at least match that effort when she plays Wozniacki at the Foro Italico on Tuesday.

Wozniacki scored a 7-6 6-1 victory over Collins in their only previous meeting at Roland Garros last season, and provided she is fully recovered from the injury that bothered her in Madrid, the Dane will probably be too solid for Collins. However, the American is a dangerous opponent- tough, aggressive and mobile- and if Wozniacki is not feeling at her best, Collins is good enough to take her out in Rome.

Caroline Wozniacki vs Danielle Collins is live from Rome on Tuesday, 14 May from 11:00am local time/ 10:00am BST

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Wozniacki vs Collins WTA Rome Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Fitness concerns over Wozniacki as she faces tricky Collins test in Rome opener

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