May 28, 2022

Australian Open: Alizé Cornet creates the feat against Garbine Muguruza and joins the third round



She did it, and without shaking! The French Alizé Cornet, 61st in the world, offered herself the world number 3 Garbine Muguruza in two sets (6-3, 6-3), Thursday January 20, in the second round of the Australian Open. Cornet had not reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament since the US Open 2020.

“In two days, it’s my birthday, so it’s the best gift I could give myself”, commented the player who will celebrate her 32nd birthday. On Saturday, precisely, she will face the Slovenian Tamara Zidansek (29th) for a place in the round of 16.

Solid, Cornet was also well helped by Garbine Muguruza, who made too many mistakes (33 against 16 at the French). “My state of mind was perfect. I was super focused, I felt like I was in a bubble. I’m very happy”, underlined the winner.

The Frenchwoman didn’t have a break point to save, while Muguruza was under pressure. In the first set, Cornet thus obtained at least one break point on each service game of his opponent. In the second set, the French converted the two break points played, concluding the game on the first of the three match points obtained on the Spaniard’s serve.

“Sometimes I just can’t let go on the court and tap into that potential that I feel I’ve had for years, explained Cornet after his victory. It’s up and down: when I’m like that, concentrated, in my bubble, on a mission, I see that I can beat anyone, because I really had an almost perfect match.

This is his fourth win in Grand Slam against a Top 10. The Habs recorded their best victory on the circuit since that in Madrid in 2015 against Simona Halep, then world number two.

Cornet remained on three consecutive eliminations in the second round in Melbourne where she had reached the round of 16 in 2009. The Frenchwoman is participating here in her 60th consecutive Grand Slam tournament. She has never reached the quarters yet.



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