Archive for Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Collins loses in USTA final

July 24, 2001

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Leimbach, 15, defeated the 16-year-old Collins, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

The fourth-seeded Collins combined heavy topspin with a wicked slice, both of which worked well in a first set that she took when Leimbach double-faulted on set point. It was her fourth of the set and the second time a service error cost her a game, but Leimbach wasn't discouraged.

"I stuck in there even though I lost the set because it wasn't over," she said.

Leimbach dominated the next two sets, playing the part of the patient counter-puncher. Collins would hit apparent winners, but Leimbach would run them down, smacking them back.

"I wanted to move her around," Collins said. "Instead I ended up hitting right back to her."

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