Sofia Kenin, the Australian Open champion who has been pushed to three sets in all but one of her five matches so far in Paris, including her 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 quarterfinal win Wednesday over fellow American Danielle Collins. Against Kenin, Collins proved to be her own enemy, double-faulting at 0-40 to give her opponent the only break of serve in the first set and again at the start of the third set, also at 0-40, having just fought furiously in the second set to level the match at a set apiece.
“I like winning in three sets,” said the fourth-seeded Kenin, whose only previous Grand Slam semifinal was on her way to winning at Melbourne Park. “I’m really proud of myself.”
Collins, who’d previously not advanced beyond Round 2 in Paris, received medical treatment as she trailed 4-0 in the final set and appeared limited in her movements. “I was kind of praying for a miracle at the end there,” she said. “I can walk away saying that I gave it my all.”
After a solid start on both sides, Collins served a woeful double fault to hand Kenin the first break of the match, and a 3-2 lead. She held serve and set up another break point at 4-2 but Collins saved it to stay in contention.
Kenin was, however, solid on her service games and she bagged the opening set when her opponent’s return sailed wide.
Kenin will now face Petra Kvitova in a mouth-watering SF clash.