Danielle Collins reveals if she will reconsider retirement plans after Miami title run

Shahida Jacobs
Danielle Collins trophy presentation
Danielle Collins of the United States during post-match press conference

Danielle Collins believes she has ticked off yet another important goal from her to-do list with her Miami Open title, but the big question is whether or not she will go back on her decision to retire at the end of the season.

Former world No 7 Collins won the biggest tournament of her career when she defeated Elena Rybakina7-5, 6-3 in the WTA 1000 final in Florida.

The timing of the Miami Open trophy – the American’s third WTA singles title and her first since the Silicon Valley Classic in August 2021 – could not have come at a better time as she is in her final year as a professional.

The 30-year-old announced at the beginning of the season that she would retire after this campaign and when she was asked if she is reconsidering those plans after her Miami run, she replied: “No, I’m not.

“I feel like all of these questions are coming from such a good place, because I feel like a lot of people would like to continue seeing me play well.

“But like I said, I have some health challenges, and with those health challenges, it makes things for me away from the court a little more difficult. I hope everyone can respect that. It’s a very emotional and personal thing.”

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Besides her three singles trophies, Collins also finished runner-up at the 2022 Australian Open as she lost in straight sets against then world No 1 Ashleigh Barty.

She reached a career-high No 7 on the back of her run at Melbourne Park two years ago, but had slumped down the rankings. However, she is set to return to No 22 on Monday.

Peaking at the right time to win her maiden WTA 1000 title is something special for Collins.

“I have always wanted to win every tournament that I have signed up for, but I do think that because it is my last year, I really wanted to try to win a Masters 1000 this year,” the American said.

“That’s really important to me. That’s something that I talked a lot about with everybody close to me. I really wanted to make a push to be able to bring out my best tennis.

“I’m so glad that I have been able to figure out some of the physical things I have needed to do to peak at the right time and to feel like I’m ready to go. I certainly did that this tournament, but it has been a goal. So I got to tick it off the list.”

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