contraption: (13) Danielle Collins vs. Anna Kalinskaya
Date: January 16, 2023
competition: Australian Open 2023
Round: First Round (Round of 128)
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia
category: Grand Slam
Turn up: Outdoor hard court
prize money: $76,500,000
Live broadcast: United States – ESPN | United Kingdom – Eurosport | India – Sony Six, Sony Ten & Sony Liv
Danielle Collins vs Anna Kalinskaya Preview
Australian Open 2022 runner-up Danielle Collins will face Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday 16 January.
Collins’ past season was filled with some ups and some downs. The American tennis star, who achieved a career-high world No. 7, started his 2022 season with his best result at a slam by reaching the 2022 Major final in Melbourne. En route to the ultimate duel with eventual champion Ashleigh Barty, she defeated the likes of current World No. 1 Iga Swiatek.
Collins spent extended periods on the sidelines due to a recurring neck injury. However, she racked up plenty of top 10 wins as she played and also stopped two-time US Open champion Naomi Osaka in the first round of the US Open.
In 2023, the 29-year-old is yet to find her rhythm after narrowly losing by three sets to Elena Rybakina in the first round of the Adelaide International 1 and to Veronika Kudermetova in the quarter-finals of the Adelaide International 2.
World No. 64 Anna Kalinskaya, meanwhile, lost to Belinda Bencic in the second round of the Adelaide International 2 and did not advance beyond the qualification of the Adelaide International 1.
In 2022, Kalinskaya achieved a career-high world ranking of No. 51 thanks to two quarterfinal results and one semifinal appearance. However, the 24-year-old withdrew from many tournaments mid-game due to various injuries.
Danielle Collins versus Anna Kalinskaya head to head
The opening round of the 2023 Australian Open will be the duo’s first duel. So the head-to-head race is 0:0.
Danielle Collins vs Anna Kalinskaya Odds
(All odds are from bet365)
Danielle Collins vs Anna Kalinskaya Prediction
Danielle Collins will be the favorite in this meeting. The American is known for her powerful and ultra-aggressive style of tennis. She relies on her big risk, big reward strategy to dish out impressive winners on both wings.
Relying heavily on her forehand, Anna Kalinskaya will need to match the pace of Collins’ high-intensity hitting if she is to have a chance against the 2022 runner-up.
However, it’s worth noting that the 29-year-old has had a poor record in three-sets with a 100 percent loss rate in the last seven tournaments.
So the Russian might have a chance against the American if she’s able to force a deciding set. However, with a lot to lose in this tournament, Collins is expected to minimize her mistakes and advance to the second round.
Choose: Danielle Collins wins in straight sets.
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