Wow. What a turnaround. Jabeur is now controlling the play with her wonderful variety and mix of pace and has three more break points. It’s 3-3, 0-40 on Collins’ serve. Jabeur doesn’t take the first break point, but she finds a mind-bending angle on the second to pull off the winner. Jabeur breaks for 4-3 in the second set.
It’s three games on the spin for Jabeur. The Tunisian draws level in the second set at 3-3.
Collins stepped it up at just the right time in the first set, breaking Jabeur at 5-4 to take it. Jabeur, the first Arab woman to play in the fourth round at Roland Garros, is such a lovely player to watch but the 30th seed is finding the blustery, slow conditions tougher than her American opponent; Collins has been better able to hit through the ball. Collins is an interesting character: equally feisty and sporting on court, she’s applauded several of Jabeur’s winners. She doesn’t look too happy though when she skews wide and Jabeur breaks back. It’s 6-4, 3-2 Collins.
Bonjour mesdames et messieurs! Et bienvenue au jour 10 de notre couverture de Roland Garros que l’action quart de finale commence. And that’s about as far as my knowledge of French – with a little bit of help from Google Translate* – will take me.
It’s a loaded lineup on Philippe Chatrier, starting with the last remaining fourth-round match, Ons Jabeur v Danielle Collins, carried over from yesterday because of rain. The quarter-finals then begin with the highest seed left in a wildly unpredictable women’s draw, Elina Svitolina (3), against the qualifier Nadia Podoroska of Argentina; the US Open champion, Dominic Thiem, also faces an Argentinian opponent, the diminutive and determined Diego Schwartzman; then it’s the prodigy against the journeywoman as the Polish teenager Iga Swiatek, fresh from scoring that stunning win over Simona Halep, meets Martina Trevisan, the 26-year-old qualifier from Florence playing in only her second slam; before Rafael Nadal rounds things off in a match that represents the present and future. The 12-times champion plays the hugely gifted 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner, the first male player to reach the Roland Garros quarter-finals on his debut since … a certain Mr Nadal 15 years ago.
And play is already under way: with Collins a set and a break up on Jabeur, 6-4, 3-0. So let’s get on with this …
* OK, a big bit
at 5.55am EDT