Danielle Collins was heading into Roland Garros seeking her first win since the Australian Open. She would take out tricky qualifier Monica Niculescu on Tuesday, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1. It marks just her third appearance, having lost to eventual champion Ashleigh Barty in the second round last year and falling to Caroline Wozniacki in her debut in 2018.
The 26-year-old is coming in low on match play since she lost in the opening rounds of the Western & Southern Open and US Open after a summer scattered with exhibitions.
The former world No. 23 had been dealing with some health struggles in the past year. A serious ab tear forced her to miss events following the Australian Open right into the COVID-19 shutdown. While players were stunned by the cancellation of Indian Wells, Collins was not ready to compete yet.