MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Not many would have bet on unseeded Americans Danielle Collins and Frances Tiafoe making it to the Australian Open quarter-finals but the duo won their respective fourth-round matches to make it a ‘Super Sunday’ for their country in Melbourne.
Tiafoe is the sole American left in the men’s draw but the women’s side could be set for a rich representation with Grand Slam winners Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens and 2017 U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys still to play in the fourth round.
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While Serena and Keys play on Monday, 2017 U.S. Open champion Stephens, seeded fifth in Melbourne, will take on Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the day’s last match.
The 25-year-old Collins had not won a match in her previous five Grand Slam appearances but thrashed second seed Angelique Kerber 6-0 6-2 to reach the last eight in her first main draw showing at Melbourne Park.
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Such was her dominance that the fourth-round match lasted only 56 minutes with triple Grand Slam champion Kerber looking completely in awe of her opponent who peppered the Margaret Court Arena with 29 winners.
Collins’s coach, Mat Cloer, said his charge was an instinctive player.
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“I think sometimes it depends a little bit on the opponent that she’s playing but I think she’s most comfortable playing offensive tennis,” Cloer told reporters.
“Controlling the baseline, really stepping in, taking as much time as she can and she did a great job of that today. Her mentality, just her as a person, she’s aggressive.
“So I think you...
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