Sofia Kenin dominated the final set, wrapping up a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win over hobbled American compatriot Danielle Collins on Wednesday to move into the semi-finals of the French Open.

Kenin, who won the Australian Open title ten months ago, will have 24 hours before facing off against Petra Kvitova, a 6-3, 6-3 winner against German Laura Siegemund.

Collins called for the trainer trailing 4-0 in the deciding set, taking a medical timeout off court with an apparent abdominal muscle problem.

She returned after five minutes to play it out, with Kenin moving through on her first match point, a backhand cross-court winner, which the 57th-ranked Collins generously applauded.

Danielle Collins. Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd/Alamy Live News

“This is really special, I’m super-happy,” the winner said after finally reversing a three-loss streak against her compatriot.

“Danielle plays aggressive and I needed to do that myself. I took some chances and felt I did a good job overall.”

Kenin won her fourth three-set match at this edition in Paris from five played.  “It’s all mental,” she said, “I’m getting the wins done, I’m proud of myself.”

The victory for Kenin Рplaying the first clay quarter-final of her career Рearned revenge for a loss to Collins in January at Adelaide. 

Kenin now stands 8-1 over countrywomen at Grand Slams.

She advanced in two hours, with five breaks of serve and 38 winners.


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