American tennis star Danielle Collins had a hilarious moment at the Australian Open as she started celebrating a victory before the match was over. As per the rules, the first to 10 points wins a deciding set tie-break at the Australian Open.
After going 7-3 in the deciding set tie-break against Karolina Muchova, Collins dropped her racket and started celebrating. The chair umpire stopped Collins’ celebration by telling her: “Danielle, 10 points!” Collins responded by saying “What” and then burst into laughter after realizing what happened.
Absolutely epic scenes in Melbourne, where 2022 runner-up Danielle Collins defeats Karolina Muchova 6-7(1), 6-2, 7-6(6) at 1:13am, but only after celebrating a few points too soon in the deciding 10-point tie-break. pic.twitter.com/kp0cHAqjf6 — Gaspar Ribeiro Lança (@gasparlanca) January 18, 2023
Collins did beat Muchova in the end
After a hilarious moment, Collins was able to recollect herself and finish the match with a 6-7 (1) 6-2 7-6 (6).
Collins had a 2-1 lead in the first set, before Muchova earned back-to-back breaks to win four games in a row and take a 5-2 lead. But just when it seemed that the first set was over, Collins responded with back-to-back breaks on her own to completely get back into the set and force a tie-break.
After blowing a double-break and missing out on a set point in the 10th game, Muchova started the first-set tie-break with a 5-0 lead before converting her second set points to win a tight opener. Down by a set, Collins started the second set with a break in the very first game of the set.
Collins then earned her second break in the seventh game for a 5-2 lead, before serving out for the set in the following game. After winning the second set, Collins also earned the first break of the third set in the fifth game.
However, Collins’ lead was short-lived as Muchova broke back in the sixth game. As no more breaks were seen, the third set had to be resolved in a tie-break. After celebrating her win a bit too prematurely, Collins dropped the next two points as Muchova cut the deficit to 7-5.
However, Collins was able to keep her focus and clinch and realize her first match point to complete a comeback win over Muchova. In her next match at Melbourne Park, Collins plays Elena Rybakina.
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