Alizé Cornet’s failure in the round of 16 of the US Open against Tsvetana Pironkova (6-4, 6-7, 6-3) is now behind her. One week before Roland-Garros, the Frenchman was able to get back in the saddle during the first round of the Strasbourg tournament against Polona Hercog (6-4, 6-2). This Monday, the Niçoise nevertheless battled for 1h39 to validate her ticket for the second round where she will face Elena Rybakina, who defeated the Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen (7-5, 6-4).
The first round was marked by the many breaks conceded by the two players (two for Alizé Cornet, three for the Slovenian). A first set won by the French, finally more regular in the exchanges. In the second round, the eighth finalist of the last United States Open quickly took the lead (3-0). Before a new series of breaks conceded: another five in this last set. At the end of the game (4-3), Alizé Cornet tightened the game to finally win without a hitch.
Cornet: “It must be fabulous to spend a day in the head of Osaka”
Earlier today, her compatriot Pauline Parmentier did not achieve a feat against Magda Linette. The Frenchwoman, 162nd in the world, was defeated in straight sets (6-4, 6-3) by the 28-year-old Polish (35th in the WTA standings), who will face Elina Svitolina in the second round.
Cornet: “Pair made my heart ache, we see that he has not recovered from his story”