St. Petersburg’s own homegrown tennis star, Danielle Collins, takes to the court in her home state this week as the Miami Open gets underway in South Florida. Collins, 27, looks to ride a surge of momentum from her triumph last month over world No. 1 Ash Barty at the Adelaide Invitational in Adelaide, Australia, as well as her recent sponsorship deal with St. Pete-based Dynasty Financial Partners.
The score line of the straight-sets win over Barty was 6-3, 6-4, but Collins, speaking to the Catalyst in an exclusive interview two days before the Miami Open, said the numbers don’t tell the whole story. She was down a break in both sets and had to battle back against Barty, against whom she had been winless in three attempts.