Originally Posted by Tennisace
I'm curious to see how being with her bf will affect her game (if at all). She seemed to really struggle this year in the transition to the college game which is a bit of a surprise considering how heralded she was in juniors.
Danielle Collins had a very good fall, and then went 5-0 in the SEC, including wins against top opponents like Texas A&M. The question I had when looking over her stats was: Why didn't she get more chances at dual matches? The answer seems to be that they simply had that many players who were winning all their matches anyway. SEC records by dual match position
1. Lauren Embree 10-0
2. Sophie Oyen 8-1
3. Alex Cercone 9-1
4. Brianna Morgan 7-1, Olivia Janowicz 1-0
5. Olivia Janowicz 8-0, Danielle Collins 2-0, Caroline Hitimana 1-0
6. Caroline Hitimana 5-0, Danielle Collins 3-0, Olivia Janowicz 0-2
(BTW, in the 4-3 loss to Texas A&M, Oyen and Cercone lost their only SEC matches, and a not-100% Janowicz lost at #6 while Collins won in straights at #5).
So, it looks like it is tough to make much argument for any player to move up from where they played, because everyone was close to unbeatable (when healthy) in a tough conference. Danielle Collins could be 5-0 in the SEC and be unneeded when everyone else is healthy. But, with Lauren Embree and Caroline Hitimana graduating, I am not sure that playing time was the reason to leave.