The start of the North American hard court circuit will be missed by world No. 9 Danielle Collins since she will not be defending her San Jose title and because she will also be absent from Toronto. Collins, 28, was slated to begin her summer hard court season at the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose the next week.
Collins will not be making her fourth participation at the tournament, which is unfortunate for the San Jose organizers and San Jose tennis fans.
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In 2018, Collins competed for the first time in San Jose, reaching the semifinals before falling to Maria Sakkari.
Before winning the tournament last year, Collins lost in the round of 16 at San Jose in 2019. Collins, the top-ranked female American player, was anticipated to stand out in San Jose’s player field this year.
Collins’ most recent match came at a clay-court competition in Lausanne, which took place a week after Wimbledon. Collins unexpectedly lost to Simona Waltert in the opening round there.
Naomi Osaka will compete in San Jose despite Collins’ absence.
A setback for the San Jose organizers is undoubtedly Collins’ absence, but the Silicon Valley Classic will see the return of four-time Grand Slam winner Osaka.
Osaka had an Achilles injury on the clay during the clay-season, which caused her to miss all of the grass-season events, including Wimbledon. Osaka decided to accept a wildcard into San Jose after taking some time off, and that will be her first competition in two months.
The Silicon Valley Classic was where Osaka, 24, made her WTA debut in 2014. Since making her WTA debut eight years ago, Osaka has grown to become one of the greatest names in women’s tennis. Despite her absence, Osaka continues to pose a threat on hard courts.
Osaka’s performance in San Jose remains to be seen, and Collins is still hoping to be able to compete in Cincinnati, which begins on August 15.