Sabalenka Ends Collins' Winning Streak, Reaches Madrid Quarters

Sabalenka Ends Collins' Winning Streak, Reaches Madrid Quarters

Danielle Collins' impressive 15-match winning streak came to an abrupt end at the Mutua Madrid Open, as defending champion Aryna Sabalenka rallied from a set down to secure a hard-fought 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory.

The match, which concluded well past midnight Tuesday, saw Collins come within a point of serving for the match in the second set. However, Sabalenka's resilience shone through as she saved two break points and held her serve.

The momentum shifted dramatically in Sabalenka's favor after that crucial hold. The world No. 2 seed reeled off six consecutive games, breaking Collins' serve twice in the process. Collins managed to break back once, but it was too little too late.

Sabalenka's victory sets up a quarterfinal clash with Mirra Andreeva, who upset reigning Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova in the previous round. Sabalenka will be aiming to lift her third trophy at the WTA 1000 event in four years.

The Belarusian star is also in contention to retain her No. 2 ranking in the WTA standings. She needs to reach the final to prevent Coco Gauff from overtaking her.

Collins' defeat marks her first loss since the second round of Indian Wells, where she was defeated by Iga Swiatek. Despite the setback, Collins has enjoyed a remarkable season, winning titles in Miami and Charleston as an unseeded entrant.

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