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Virginia alumna Danielle Collins advances to quarterfinals of the French Open

2020 French Open - Day Ten Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Virginia alumni and two-time NCAA singles champion Danielle Collins was the last to punch her ticket on Tuesday, but for the first time in her career, she’s headed to the quarterfinals of the French Open to take on fourth seed Sofia Kenin. In doing so, she became the fifth unseeded player in the quarters, marking the first time since 2001, when the seeds were expanded from 16 to 31, that a majority of the quarterfinalists are unseeded.

In a match that was postponed from Monday due to rain, Collins had upset 30th-seed Ons Jabeur, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of Roland Garros. It’s the furthest she’s ever advanced in the French Open, although she did make the semifinals of the Australian Open in 2019, rising to a career high world ranking of 23.

Now, unseeded but ranked 57th in the world, Collins will take on fellow American Kenin for a shot at the semifinals. Kenin has not yet had to face any seeded players.

Here’s Collins’ path to the quarters:

  • First Round: Monica Niculescu (W 2-6, 6-2, 6-1)
  • Second Round: Clara Tauson (W 6-2, 6-3)
  • Third Round: (11) Garbine Muguruza (W 7-5, 2-6, 6-4)
  • Fourth Round: (30) Ons Jabeur (W 6-4, 4-6, 6-4)

You can watch Collins first thing in the morning on Wednesday, October 7 as the second match of the day on Court Philippe Chatrier. Play for the day starts at 6:00 a.m. ET.