Ostapenko to face Stephens in Miami final

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Clearly, she was not star-struck when facing her idol.

Collins will face Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in the semi-finals on March 29. I mean, I've idolized her my whole life.

Ostapenko, playing her second Premier Mandatory semifinal as a favorite, saved a set point outplacing her opponent, forced to net a backhand.

"I think maybe the other tournaments I was trying to play more balls in the court and without any aggression" she had admitted before the match.

Collins broke Williams' first service game in the second set before Williams showed her experience by clawing back to 2-2.

"I ended up winning a lot of games in a row and I just tried to keep the momentum going".

The reigning French Open champion and a surprise American qualifier completed the Miami Open semifinals on Wednesday.

Collins, No. 93 in the world for a few more days, will more than double her career earnings when the money from Miami arrives. The Roland Garros champion went to on to hold and asked for her coach, David Taylor, on-court when she was 5-4 up.

No qualifier has ever gone this deep at Key Biscayne, although Collins looked perfectly comfortable on the stage. On a sultry evening here, when the persistent wind that has plagued so any matches finally expired, Collins certified Williams' opinion. Here it was Ostapenko - who has yet to lose a tiebreak here in Miami - that rose to the occasion, extending that record against Collins.

Venus Williams, who also grew up playing on public court said: "You don't have to do it the traditional way".

Today's encounter will be the last women's final in Key Biscayne before the move to the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens next year.

The leader among the semifinalists for aces, first-serve points, and service games won before the match, Collins failed to rely on her supposed strength, simply because Ostapenko used her serve more consistently to take the initiative. "It's always awesome for my friends and family when I play here". "I had to make sure I was in a good place". Will be updated with results from Ostapenko-Collins match. Ostapenko won a tournament, in Seoul, South Korea, last fall.

"It's ideal conditions", said Isner, who lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 semifinals at Key Biscayne.

"At the end of last season, I had to play".

He'll hope that trend continues in the semifinals.

Stephens beat three-time champion Victoria Azarenka 3-6 6-2 6-1 earlier in the day. Juan Martin del Potro and Venus Williams headlined the group in action in the quarterfinals.

An excitable crowd here were expecting seven-time grand slam victor Williams to respond immediately, but it was her seemingly pressure-free opponent who continued to attack and soon enough, Williams was broken once more.

In the men's draw, fourth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany progressed to the semi-finals with a comfortable 6-4, 6-4 win over Borna Ćorić of Croatia.

Ashleigh Barty, Australia, and CoCo Vandeweghe, United States, def. Nadiia Kichenok, Ukraine, and Anastasia Rodionova, Australia, 7-6 (5), 6-2.

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