Apr 1, 2024 - News

πŸ† Tennis glory for St. Pete native

Danielle Collins of the United States poses with the champions trophy after defeating Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan in the womens singles final on Day 15 of the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Hard Rock Stadium on March 30, 2024 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

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St. Petersburg native Danielle Collins won the Miami Open on Saturday, besting No. 4 seed Elena Rybakina in the final to take the trophy.

  • Collins, who was once ranked No. 7 in the world but is currently No. 53, claimed her first WTA 1000 event, the biggest title of her career.

Stunning stats: Collins became the second unseeded competitor to win the women's Miami Open, joining Kim Clijsters, per Tennis.com.

  • She's also the lowest-ranked woman to win the Open and the sixth American to win the event, joining tennis legends Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Sloane Stephens and the Williams sisters.

Outside the lines: Collins announced in January that she plans to retire this year, citing chronic health issues and her desire to start a family.

What she's saying: The Floridian said competing in front of a home-state crowd felt like "playing in front of thousands of my best friends."

  • "That was just surreal," she said, per the WTA. "I will never forget this day because of that."
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