What are the health troubles suffered by Miami Open winner Danielle Collins?

US, who just won the Miami Open, revealed why she won't change her decision after her victory in Florida

by Lorenzo Ciotti
What are the health troubles suffered by Miami Open winner Danielle Collins?
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Danielle Collins gave herself the most prestigious victory of her career, in her last year as a professional, before saying goodbye to tennis. US triumphed at the WTA 1000 in Miami, at the end of two wonderful weeks

The American tennis player constantly spoke in the press conference that she had no second thoughts about her retirement but, in the meantime, she continued to play great tennis on the court and win the toughest matches. Her definitive triumph came in the final, with a deserved success against Elena Rybakina.

"It's a dream come true to play at the level I played at in this tournament. It was a real adventure for me. I reached my first WTA 1000 final at the age of 30, it was a different path to what I had experienced. It was incredible to go on the pitch and feel the energy of the fans, impressive.

I will never forget this day for this very reason. Everywhere I looked, there were people cheering me on. It was hard to hide the emotion from all the support. We live for these kinds of moments, it was really special," she said.

Danielle Collins
Danielle Collins© Elsa / Staff Getty Images Sport

When asked if this victory could make her reconsider her farewell to tennis, the American replied no. She then added: "Thanks anyway. I feel like these kind of questions come from a positive side, a lot of people would like to continue watching me play.

As I said, I have some health problems and that makes things more difficult off the pitch. I hope everyone can respect that, it's something very personal. I always wanted to win every competition I entered, but now I think about it because it's my last year.

I really wanted to try to win my first WTA 1000 this year, it's something really important for me. It's something I've talked about quite a bit with my inner circle. I wanted to give everything, show my best tennis. I am happy that I was able to solve some physical problems necessary to reach the best version of me."

But what is the serious health problem that has affected Collins' career?

Danielle recently opened up about her illness. She has been living with rheumatoid arthritis for years, a chronic disease that significantly affects her ability to get pregnant.

“I've had a pretty good career, but considering the travel and many other things I can say that this is a pretty tough sport. And there is more to life. There are other things I would like to do, I would like to have time to do it and of course I would like to have children. In the end it's my choice that goes beyond my tennis career, I love coming here and competing but this decision was really important for me."

A few years ago she also underwent endometriosis surgery.

Endometriosis is a chronic disease with multifactorial etiopathogenesis that affects women, more frequently of childbearing age. It is a gynecological disease caused by the abnormal presence, i.e. the implantation of endometrial cells normally present in the uterine cavity, in organs other than the uterus, mainly ovaries, tubes, peritoneum, vagina, intestine.

The main symptoms are infertility, asthenia and chronic pelvic pain, each of which is observed in approximately 50% of cases, but the frequency can rise to 70% during menstruation.

The cause is not entirely clear, so several theories have been proposed about it. Risk factors include the presence of cases in the family history. The diagnosis is usually suspected on the basis of the symptoms, while the diagnostic assessment uses the results obtained through biomedical imaging techniques and above all the biopsy, which is the only method that gives certainty.

Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is a chronic, ankylosing and progressive inflammatory polyarthritis with an autoimmune pathogenesis. It can cause deformation and pain which can also cause loss of joint function.

It affects 1-2% of the population and the number of cases increases with age, in fact 5% of women over 55 are affected. The onset is mainly observed at the end of adolescence or between the 4th and 5th decades of life; a second peak is observed between the ages of 60 and 70. An early variant of RA is childhood rheumatoid arthritis.

The cause of onset is not completely known. There is an inflammatory response of the synovium with swelling of the synovial cells, excess synovial fluid, and development of fibrous tissue in the synovium. It also affects the underlying bone and cartilage, resulting in thinning and destruction.

The disease can also manifest itself with widespread inflammation in the lungs, pericardium, pleura, sclera of the eye and with diffuse nodular lesions in the subcutaneous tissue. The diagnosis is mainly made on the basis of symptoms and x-ray.