Sept. 9, 2016

FLUSHING, N.Y. – Former Virginia women’s tennis standout Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) advanced to the finals of the American Collegiate Invitational with a straight-set win over Breaunna Addison on Friday (Sept. 9).

Collins defeated Addison of Texas 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the finals. She will face Ronit Yurovsky of Michigan. Yurovsky defeated former Virginia standout Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals. Virginia is the only school to have two players in the women’s field of the ACI this season.

The finals will be played Saturday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. in conjunction with the 2016 U.S. Open.

The American Collegiate Invitational, open only to American college players, began in 2014 as a way to spotlight college tennis during the US Open. Eight men and eight women play single-elimination singles tournaments Thursday to Saturday during the second week of the US Open, with the winners receiving a wild card into the 2017 US Open, main draw or qualifying, depending on their ranking next summer.

The fields are comprised of the top two players in the ATP/WTA rankings (as of July 18) and the top five players in the year-end Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings (excluding those selected by pro ranking), including at least two graduating seniors or players who have turned pro/exhausted their collegiate eligibility.

The winner of the event receives a wild card into the 2017 US Open main draw or qualifying round depending on their ranking next summer. If the player is ranked in the top 120 by the US Open entry deadline next summer, they will receive a wild card entry into the main draw of the 2017 US Open. If ranked below 120, they will receive a wild card into the qualifying tournament.