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Danielle Collins ousts Simona Halep in Montreal for 12th straight win

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Seeking her 12th straight victory, Danielle Collins served up a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 upset win against sixth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania in second-round play at the National Bank Open in Montreal Wednesday.

On the heels of her first two WTA tournament titles in Palermo, Italy, and San Jose, the 27-year-old Collins smacked 38 winners to Halep’s 31 in the comeback victory.

In what was a statistically even battle that lasted nearly three hours, Collins earned her biggest edge with first-serve points won, converting 64.3 percent to Halep’s 58.1 percent.

It was the two-time event champion Halep’s first match since suffering a calf tear in May.

Collins’ Round of 32 triumph sets up a Round of 16 matchup with fellow American Jessica Pegula, who upset tenth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. Pegula blasted six aces and converted five of 12 break points.

As it turned out, the Americans put together a very strong showing across the board Wednesday.

In addition to Collins and Pegula advancing, No. 15 Cori Gauff retired Anastasia Potapova of Russia 5-0, Amanda Anisimova held off France’s Oceane Dodin 6-3, 6-3, and Sloane Stephens pushed top-seeded Aryana Sabalenka of Belarus to three sets, before losing 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4.

Guaff will face Great Britain’s Johanna Konta, a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 winner against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, who is the third seed.

Anisimova’s opponent will be the No. 4 seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova, who defeated Croatia’s Donna Vekic 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2).

The rest of the Round of 16 will include Sabalenka taking on Canadian Rebecca Marino, who defeated Spain’s Paula Badosa 1-6, 7-5, 6-4. Greece’s Maria Sakkari, a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 winner over Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova, will face No. 8 seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, a Tuesday winner.

Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain defeated Russia’s Liudmilla Samsonova 6-4, 6-3 and will face Czech Katerina Siniakova, another Tuesday winner. Petra Kvitova, who also won Tuesday, faces off with Camila Giorgi of Italy, who topped Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska 6-2, 6-4.

Tuesday winner Bianca Andreescu of Canada will face Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, who produced yet another comeback three-set win on the day, beating Russia’s Daria Kasatkina 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

–Field Level Media

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