World No. 9 Iga Swiatek gave credit to No. 27 seed Danielle Collins for the performance she delivered during their Australian Open semifinal match. Swiatek entered the match as the slight favorite but absolutely stood no chance against Collins as the American handed a 6-4 6-1 loss to the Pole to reach her maiden Grand Slam final.
Collins has been playing aggressive throughout the whole Australian Open and on Thursday Swiatek felt it on her own skin. “I think that was the fastest ball I have ever played against on a match…. It seemed for her that it wasn’t even risky because she was playing it with control.
So I am impressed and huge respect to her,” Swiatek said after the match, per WTA Insider. “I’m gonna for sure be watching [the final] and learning”.
Swiatek has no regrets
“I tried to find solutions, but I can assume what feelings she had today on court, because I have that feeling sometimes.
It’s hard to stop an opponent when they are playing like that,” Swiatek added. “I’m not even feeling any regrets because I did the best I could today”. Collins made a convincing start to the match, having claimed back-to-back breaks to open an early 4-0 lead.
Swiatek got one break back in the sixth game but dropped her serve for the third time in the set in the seventh game. Collins then missed out on her first chance to serve out for the first set as Swiatek got one break back in the eighth game.
However, Collins kept her focus as she served out for the first set in the 10th game. After winning the first set, Collins started the second set with back-to-back breaks and a 4-0 lead. Collins claimed her sixth break of the match in the seventh game to book a straight-set win. Swiatek was bidding to make her first Grand Slam final since the 2020 French Open.