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Danielle Collins and Emma Navarro advance to fourth round at Wimbledon

Two former Virginia tennis stars are among the 16 remaining women’s singles players at The 2024 Wimbledon Championships. Danielle Collins and Emma Navarro both reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time in their careers.

Collins, who won two NCAA titles with Virginia in 2014 and 2016, will face 31st-seeded Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic in the fourth round on Monday (time TBA), while Navarro, the 2021 NCAA singles champion, will face second-seeded Coco Gauff of the United States on Sunday at noon (ABC).

Collins, ranked No. 11 at the tournament, defeated Clara Tauson 6-3, 7-6 in the first round and Dalma Galfi 6-3, 6-4 in the second round. In the third round on Saturday, Collins fell behind No. 20 Beatriz Haddad Maia 0-4 in the first set, but the match then went through the weather. When play resumed, Collins went on a tear, winning the next nine games to claim the first set and take control of the match. Haddad Maia won three of the next four games to put some pressure on Collins, but she then closed out the match with a 6-4, 6-4 victory. The victory sends Collins into the round of 16 at Wimbledon for the first time in her career (sixth Wimbledon appearance) and marks her fifth trip to the fourth round or beyond at a Grand Slam in her career.

Navarro, meanwhile, defeated Qiang Wang 6-0, 6-2 in the first round and then defeated Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-1 in a second-round match that lasted just 58 minutes. Diana Shnaider took the first set from Navarro in the third round on Friday, but Navarro recovered to secure a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory to send her into the fourth round in only her second career Wimbledon appearance. It has already been a remarkable year for the 23-year-old Navarro, who is ranked No. 19 at Wimbledon but is ranked No. 17 in the women’s singles world after winning her first WTA title at the Hobart International in January and also reaching a quarterfinal at the French Open. Navarro now aims to face world No. 2 Coco Gauff, who Navarro defeated in the semifinals of the 2024 Auckland Open earlier this year.

Last month, Emma Navarro and Danielle Collins were both selected to the U.S. tennis team for the 2024 Olympic Games, which begin July 27 at Roland Garros.

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