Top-ranked Iga Swiatek defeated American Daniel Collins in the longest Grand Slam match of his career to reach the third round of the Australian Open.
Poland's Swiatek rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the third set to beat Collins, the 2022 Australian Open runner-up who fell outside the top 60 for the first time in six years, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. won. .
“I was already at the airport,” Swiatek said of how close he was to an early exit. “I felt like I had momentum, and then all of a sudden she started playing twice as fast. For a few minutes, a few games, I had no idea how to react to it. There wasn't.”
The match lasted three hours and 14 minutes, making it the second longest tour-level match of Swiatek's career and the longest at the Grand Slam level, according to Tennis Abstract.
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Collins, ranked 62nd, is the lowest-ranked American male or female and had a goal of defeating the No. 1-ranked player in the world at the tournament. Minutes after the match, Collins, 30, told her press conference that she plans to retire later this year.
“I'm nearing the end of my career and to be honest, (losing) doesn't hurt that much,” she said. “I've had a pretty good career. I've definitely had ups and downs, and I think it's a really tough sport because you've had to travel and schedules and things like that and you've been away from the court. Besides tennis. There are things I want to accomplish in life.”
Swiatek will next face 19-year-old Czech Linda Noskova, who is ranked 50th.
Swiatek avoided his earliest tournament exit since he was 18 years old at the 2019 US Open (also in the second round).
Since then, Swiatek has won four majors (three French Opens, one US Open) and will dominate the world since Australia's Ash Barty retired at number one in March 2022. Became a player.