Retirement beckons, yet Danielle is still smiling

Henry

Danielle Collins may have decided to put her tennis racket away at the end of the year, but the game still brings smiles and highlights.

The 30-year-old American is the new Miami Open champion after beating Elena Rybakina 7-5 and 6-3 in the final.

This is the third singles title of her career while it is also her first success in the final match of an ATP 1,000 tournament.

“The energy of the spectators was simply incredible on the court and it felt like I was playing in front of thousands of my friends. I will never forget today,” Collins said.

The victory means that she will now occupy the 22nd place in the official WTA ranking on Monday.

“I always try to win every tournament I play in, but because 2024 is my last year, I really wanted to win a master’s title. It was a very important goal.”

She admits that Rybakina’s game forced her to be at her best.

“I boasted a few match points, but Elena kept me on my toes and I had to start playing the difficult shots on the court. I had to go out and show to win the game.”

While the sun is systematically setting on her career, it seems that she is now starting to fire on all pistons.

“This is my last tennis year, my last season and the Miami Open was one of my last tournaments. I definitely want to remember these moments.”

What makes the victory even sweeter is that the Florida native got to taste success before her home crowd.

“In the car on the way to the track, I realized that I was playing in a final in my home state for the first time; we just turned the volume knob louder! This is the best day of my career.”