Kenin vs Collins French Open tennis preview, head-to-head and predictions

Sofia Kenin must beat Danielle Collins for the first time in four attempts if she is to reach the semifinals of the French Open.

Kenin vs Collins is live from Roland Garros on Wednesday 7 October, 1pm local/12pm BST

Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin wasn’t a popular pick for French Open champion, but the American is one of just two seeded players and major champions remaining in the draw as the quarterfinals continue on Wednesday.

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Kenin has stayed steady so far, but she’s 0-3 vs quarterfinal opponent Danielle Collins, who has ousted Garbine Muguruza and Ons Jabeur from the French Open already – which American will make her second Grand Slam semifinal?

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

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Kenin vs Collins: Head-to-head

Danielle Collins leads the head-to-head with Sofia Kenin 3-0. All three wins have come on hard courts, in straight sets: Two in 2017 at ITF events, and one in January 2020 at the WTA Premier in Adelaide which Collins won 6-3, 6-1.

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Sofia Kenin, despite being seeded fourth and the Australian Open champion, has been quite under the radar at this tournament – a position which seems to have suited her just fine. Double-bagelled by Victoria Azarenka in Rome in her only warm-up event on clay, Kenin has quietly played herself into form with three-set wins over Liudmilla Samsonova and Ana Bogdan, dropped just two games against Irina Bara in the third round and then, playing on Court Philippe-Chatrier and facing a partisan crowd and in-form opponent, came back from a set down to beat Fiona Ferro 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

The way that Kenin ramped up the aggression after being outplayed by Ferro in the first set, and the way that she psychologically responded to the antagonism of the crowd despite clearly finding it upsetting (as her post-match reaction showed), reminded one of just how impressive her Australian Open victory was, and has earned her an opportunity to make just the second Grand Slam semifinal of her career despite being, as recently as last year, not that comfortable on clay.

Danielle Collins (©PHOTOPQR/LE PARISIEN/Arnaud Journois)

Unfortunately for Kenin, however, she’s 0-3 against her quarterfinal opponent, who was the last woman to beat Kenin before she won the Australian Open. Danielle Collins is certainly not a player many predicted they would see in the quarterfinals – at WTA Tour level she was 12-9 on clay coming into the French Open – but she has teamed up with recently retired ATP Tour pro (and clay specialist) Nicolas Almagro and the partnership certainly seems to be bearing fruit. Collins came back from 0-3 down in the third to beat Garbine Muguruza – one of the big favourites for the title – in a late-night thriller on Court Philippe-Chatrier, then repeated the feat against Ons Jabeur in a match delayed by a day due to rain on Tuesday.

Collins used to be a retriever, but she’s really transformed herself over the past few years into a player capable of dictating with her forehand, and her aggressive attitude has been notable – coupled with dogged defense – in her wins over Muguruza and Jabeur. It’s not difficult to see how she’s been able to beat Kenin in the past – running her out wide with that forehand, then finishing the point into the open court: If there’s one thing that this tournament has reminded us of, it’s that well-executed offense will always beat well-executed defense. Kenin isn’t going to overpower Collins, and I don’t think Collins is going to blink in the lights. This could be yet another upset, by seeding if not by history.

Kenin vs Collins: Prediction

The USA’s Danielle Collins has been dismissed from the World Team Tennis (WTT) event in West Virginia after breaking COVID-19 protocols.

WTT CEO Carlos Silva issued a brief ‘player note’ on Tuesday, reading:

‘We have dismissed Danielle Collins (Orlando Storm) for the remainder of the 2020 World TeamTennis season after breaking our COVID-19 protocols and leaving The Greenbrier Resort and the state of West Virginia.

‘The protocols have been put in place and communicated numerous times to protect the health and safety of our players, coaches and staff which are of utmost importance to WTT.’

The current WTT season began on 12 July and runs until 2 August, with Kim Clijsters, Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens and the Bryan brothers among players on the roster.

Currently ranked world no. 51, Collins – a former college player – has been ranked as high as world no. 23 on the WTA Tour. She was a semifinalist at the Australian Open in 2019, and reached the semifinals of the WTA Premier event in Adelaide in January before the ATP and WTA Tour seasons were shut down in March.

Professional tennis came to a screeching and unprecedented halt in March due to the global health crisis, and tournaments have had to negotiate unknown territory as they try to figure out how to take place safely.

The WTT, which is normally played in different venues, had limited itself to playing in one – the Greenbrier in West Virginia. The stadium has limited attendance to just 20% of its capacity, with spacing between seated groups as well as mandatory masks and temperature checks. On court, there have been no ball kids and no lines judges, with players asked to limit physical contact.

A quarantine ‘bubble’ for 175 players and staff was established, with no players allowed on court without a negative test for COVID-19.
Collins has not issued any statement, and her Instagram account seems to have been deleted.

The American player had recently called out Novak Djokovic for ‘contradictory’ comments about the US Open. Djokovic had said that it would be ‘impossible’ to play the US Open with only one staff member. In an Instagram video, Collins complained: ‘It would be nice to have the best player in the world supporting this opportunity and not spoiling it for players and fans!’

Projected restrictions have since been relaxed, with players being allowed to rent private houses in Manhattan rather than being confined to hotels.

Professional tennis is scheduled to resume on 3 August, with the Palermo Ladies Open in Italy. The first tournaments to take place on US soil are scheduled to be the ATP 500 Citi Open in Washington, D.C. from 14-21 August and the WTA International Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky from 10-16 August. Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens have committed to playing in Lexington.

Players hoping to compete at the US Open, which will be played behind closed doors from 31 August-13 September, will have the opportunity to warm up for it at the Western & Southern Open, which has been relocated from Cincinnati to New York and will take place from 22-28 August.