After leading by a set and holding three match points at 5-4 in the second, things looked to be going smoothly for Danielle Collins of St. Petersburg, Florida on Tuesday in the RBC Pro Challenge at Tyler Athletic and Swim Club.
Over an hour later, the 2014 and 2016 NCAA Singles Champion (Virginia) was still on the court, this time serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set.
"I had some bad luck and I just needed to play more aggressive," Collins said. "I tried to use my power and I think I was a little bit physically stronger today. Sometimes things happen; you have to move on and keep playing."
Collins closed out the match on her fifth match point, winning 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in a two hour and 11 minute roller coaster encounter.
Collins wasn't the only former college tennis star to win Tuesday; Kristie Ahn (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey) and Jamie Loeb (Ossining, New York) each picked up straight set victories.
Loeb, who played two years at the University of North Carolina and won the 2015 NCAA Singles Championship, was victorious over Norwegian No. 1 ranked player Ulrikke Eikeri. She spoke after the match about the quality of tennis at the collegiate level, and the number of players with collegiate ties competing in Tyler.
"I think it just shows the depth, and how good college tennis is," Loeb said. "It's not the path for everyone, but it shows that you can transition from college tennis to the pros successfully."
Stanford standout and the tournament's fourth seed Ahn raced to 6-2 6-3 win over Anastasiva Komardina (Russia) to book her place in the round of 16. Ahn, who has played in over 30 tournaments in 2017, mentioned the importance of competing hard from the first point.
"Everyone is good at this level, and everyone wants to win," Ahn said. "It's about competing and finding your range."
Rain halted play at 3:30 p.m., with all but three matches on the day's schedule competed. Irina Falconi will resume her match with Hanna Chang Wednesday at 5-4 in the first set, and the other two matches have been added to Wednesday's busy schedule.
Ten singles matches and seven doubles matches are slated at the Tyler Athletic and Swim Club, with play beginning at 10 aam.
RBC Pro Challenge
A USTA Pro Circuit Event
Tyler Athletic and Swim Club
Qualifying Singles - Final Round
(8) Amanda Rodgers (USA) def. (5) Katerina Stewart (USA), 2-6 6-4 6-4,
Yuliya Lysa (Ukraine) def. (7) Aymet Uzcategui (Venezuela), 6-4 6-4,
(3) Ashley Kratzer (USA), def. Ksenia Laskutova (Russia), 6-0 6-3,
(5) Caitlin Whoriskey (USA), def. Brynn Boren (USA), 6-1 6-2.
Singles - First Round
Danielle Rose Collins (USA) def (5) Sachia Vickery (USA), 6-1 6-7(3) 6-4,
Elitsa Kostova (Bulgaria) def. Usue Maitane Arconada (USA), 7-6(6) 6-1,
Jessica Pegula (USA) def. Allie Kiick (USA), 6-2 6-2,
Jamie Loeb (USA) def. Ulrikke Eikeri (Norway), 6-3 7-6(5),
(4) Kristie Ahn (USA) def. Anastasiya Komardina (Russia), 6-2 6-3
Sophie Chang (USA) def. vs. Louisa Chirico (USA), 6-2 6-4
(7) Irina Falconi (USA) vs. Hanna Chang (USA), 5-4 (halted by rain)
ORDER OF PLAY – Wednesday
Stadium Court - 10 a.m. Start
(6) Kayla Day (USA) vs. Victoria Duval (USA)
Stefanie Voegele (Switzerland) vs. (2) Taylor Townsend (USA)
(1) Nicole Gibbs (USA) vs. Grace Min (USA)
(2) Jessica Pegula (USA)/Taylor Townsend (USA) vs. Jasmine Amber Asghar (Great Britain)/Chelsea Kung (USA)
Court 1 - 10 a.m. Start
(3) Sofia Kenin (USA) vs. Amanda Rodgers (USA)
Danielle Lao (USA) vs. Cagla Buyukakcay (Turkey)
Ulrikke Eikeri (Norway)/Elitsa Kostova (Bulgaria) vs. Sophie Abrams (USA)/Julia Vulpio (France)
Kamilla Galieva (Russia)/Sesil Karatantcheva (Bulgaria) vs. Angelina Gabueva (Russia)/Sachia Vickery (USA)
Court 2 - 10 a.m. Start
Yuliya Lysa (Ukraine) vs. Amanda Anisimova (USA)
(7) Irina Falconi (USA) vs. Hanna Chang (USA) To finish 5-4
Aymet Uzcategui (Venezuela)/Amy Zhu (USA) vs. Paula Cristina Goncalves (Brazil)/Sanaz Marand (USA)
(4) Sofia Kenin (USA)/Anastasiya Komardina (Russia) vs. Jamie Loeb (USA)/Rebecca Peterson (Sweden)
Kathleen Derienzo (USA)/Jada Robinson (USA) vs (2) Ashley Weinhold (USA)/Caitlin Whoriskey (USA)
Court 7 - 10 a.m. Start
Sesil Karatantcheva (Bulgaria) vs. (8) Julia Boserup (USA)
Rebecca Peterson (Sweden) vs. Caitlin Whoriskey (USA)
Ashley Kratzer vs. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia)
Sabine Mardarenko (Latvia)/Ilga Racika-Racko (Latvia) vs. (3) Sophie Chang (USA)/Alexandra Mueller (USA)