Alizé Cornet crée l'exploit en sortant la numéro un mondiale, Iga Swiatek, et rejoint les huitièmes de finale

Alizé Cornet crée l’exploit en sortant la numéro un mondiale, Iga Swiatek, et rejoint les huitièmes de finale



Exceptional Alizé Cornet! In total confidence and after a high-flying match, the French signed one of the exploits of the season by dominating on Saturday July 2 the world number one, Iga Swiatek, swept away 6-4, 6-2. The Pole, winner of her last 37 matches on the circuit and of the Roland-Garros tournament, seemed very helpless against the 32-year-old Habs, qualified for the knockout stages.

We had to go back to February 16 to see Iga Swiatek fall, beaten in Dubai by Jelena Ostapenko in the second round. Irresistible, with an unfailing serenity, the player from Warsaw had recently flown over adversity. A description that fits just as well with the Alizé Cornet that we see on the courts of the All England Club this week. The best French player in the WTA ranking did not tremble for a moment to sign one of the most resounding performances of her career.

Cornet had plenty of ideas. As she announced before the meeting, “if Swiatek’s streak is to be broken, I think it will be here at Wimbledon“. It was a good thing, the 37th player in the world seems made for this kind of challenge, she who is now going into the positive in her career in matches against the bosses of the WTA circuit (4-3). In 2014, on this same court number one, she had dominated Serena Williams to everyone’s surprise, the last victory of a tricolor player over a world number one in a Grand Slam.”This short is like a lucky charm for me” said Alizé Cornet with a radiant smile after her demonstration of the day.

However, it does not owe much to luck or chance. Already semi-finalist on grass last week in Bad Hamburg (beaten by Caroline Garcia), Cornet applied against Iga Swiatek the same game plan as the one she has been proposing since the start of the tournament. Very solid on her face-off, enterprising on that of her opponent (52% of points won), the Frenchwoman completely outsmarted her opponent far, very far even from her impressive level of the last four months. Alizé Cornet had the merit of fighting on each point, all in variation, and this from the first game of the match by breaking Swiatek from the start.

The Pole certainly made Cornet’s task much easier, collecting unforced errors (33 against 7 only for the Habs), and letting herself be overwhelmed too easily when she entered the court. Where precisely his irresistible character expressed itself best since the start of the season.

I live for these kind of matches, it feeds mereacted Alizé Cornet on the court. I always kept believing in her, even though she had won her last 37 games, there was always a time when she was going to be beaten. She is less comfortable on this surface. So yes, I think I like to surprise. I am like wine, good French wine always ages well!

After his quarter-final at the Australian Open at the start of the season, Cornet is in his second week on the London lawn. And the result can incite him to optimism. She will face Australian Ajla Tomljanovic (44th in the world) in the round of 16, a player she will have to be wary of, however, since she reached the quarter-finals of Wmibledon last year. After the victories of Harmony Tan against Serena Williams in the first round, then of Caroline Garcia against Emma Raducanu in the second, French women’s tennis can already have a smile.

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