Kenin battles into French Open semi-finals
By Julien Pretot
PARIS (Reuters) - Fourth seed Sofia Kenin took her first place in the French Open semi-finals when she beat her American compatriot Danielle Collins 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 on Wednesday.
The Australian Open champion was kept busy for two sets by an opponent she'd beaten in her previous meetings before sauntering through the decision to start a clash with Czech seventh seed Petra Kvitova.
Collins suffered from stomach ache in the third set and appeared unable to go to the best of his ability in the Philippe Chatrier court final.
"This is really special, I'm super happy. I know she plays very aggressively, so I had to have a better percentage for the first serve and play aggressively myself. I did a great job overall," said Kenin, who won four of their five games at Roland Garros in three straight sets.
"I think I like to win in three sets. I know it's difficult, but I'll do the job."
After a solid start on both sides, Collins had made a sad double mistake to give Kenin the game's first break and a 3-2 lead.
She held the serve and set another breakpoint at 4-2, but Collins saved it to stay in the competition.
Kenin was solid in her service games, however, and she bagged the opening set as her opponent's return sailed far.
It was the first time Kenin had set a set against Collins in four encounters, and the fourth seed kept its momentum and broke again 3-2 in the second set when their unset opponent hit a long forehand.
But this time Collins hit level back for 3-3 and she began threatening Kenin's serve and eventually broke back to level.
The comeback was short-lived, however, as Collins quickly dropped 4-0 in the playoff before taking a medical break and holding her diaphragm as she left for treatment.
Kenin easily won the remaining two games.
"I felt like I was a little off with my shots. Sometimes I just tried and just didn't work for myself today," said Collins, who suffered from an abdominal injury earlier this year.
"She played well. Obviously there is a physical illness, but I don't want it to affect the great tennis she played.
"It's nerve-wracking because I had this injury earlier in the year. So when you start to feel something like I did on the pitch, you get a little nervous because it locked me out of the competition for a few months. "
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; editing by Christian Radnedge)
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