Emma Navarro and Danielle Collins at the US OpenEmma Navarro returns a shot to Christina McHale during a Women's Singles match at the 2021 US Open, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 in Flushing, NY. (Brad Penner/USTA)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia women’s tennis sophomore Emma Navarro and program alumna Danielle Collins are competing this week at the US Open, being held Aug. 30- Sept. 12 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
On Monday (Aug. 30), Navarro took on fellow American Christina McHale in the opening round. McHale won the first set, 6-1, but Navarro battled in the second set, saving six match points before ultimately being edged 7-5 in a tiebreaker to decide the frame. McHale is currently ranked No. 119.
Navarro was also awarded a wildcard entry into the women’s doubles championship. She and partner Hailey Baptiste were scheduled to play Ukrainians Dayana Yastremska and Marta Kostyuk on Wednesday night, but the match was rained out. On Thursday, Navarro and Baptiste took the first set, 6-3, but the Ukrainians took the final two 6-1, 6-3 to eliminate the Americans.
Collins earned the No. 26 seed in the singles tournament. She opened play by facing two-time US Open quarterfinalist Carla Suárez Navarro of Spain, picking up a 6-2, 6-4 victory. She topped Kaja Juvan of Slovenia 6-4, 6-2 in the second round, setting up a showdown with the tournament’s No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka in the third round. Collins fell 6-3, 6-3 to Sabalenka.
Highlights from Emma Navarro vs Christina McHale at the US Open