In a match where she was a heavy underdog, Virginia junior tennis player Danielle Collins took the first set off 2nd-ranked Simona Halep before falling in three sets in the opening round of the US Open on Monday.
After Collins won the first set in a tiebreaker, Halep took the next two sets 6-1, 6-2.
Collins was making her US Open debut after earning the wild card for her NCAA singles championship.
“I obviously had a really good experience taking a set off the No. 2-ranked girl in the world,” Collins said. “I think there is a lot of positive things to take from it. I don’t think a lot of people were expecting me to take a set off her, so overall, an incredible experience. I mean, that’s something I’ll never forget.”
When asked about expectations entering the match on one of tennis’ biggest stages, Collins said “I kind of threw all of that out the door and took the pressure off myself, and just really focused on the things I could do and the things I could control.”
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