Former World Number 11 Alizé Cornet reflected upon her best memory from her singles career. On the most prestigious court of tennis, Wimbledon, in 2014 Cornet had the opportunity to outplay top-seed Serena Williams in third round.
That day, Cornet was trailing a set as she lost the opening set 6-1 in 15 minutes. Later, the play was halted by the rain. The battle was a topsy-turvy one. But the French player mentioned she pulled it off 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 with ‘heart and the help the crowd.’
Recently, while speaking to Essentially Sports, Alizé Cornet termed the biggest victory of her career as a miracle. “No, definitely this match is the best memory I have from my career and I think it was ‘tennistically’ the best match I also played against this amazing champion, I mean, Serena Williams in Wimbledon. Beating her there was, yeah, was pretty much a miracle,” she said.
A few years ago, the astute clay-courter, Cornet wasn’t really comfortable playing on grass. At Wimbledon, she could win a maximum of two matches. And despite everything, that day she was successful under the English sky.
“Especially because before that year, I was not feeling comfortable on grass, and this year I was so inspired on the court, and yeah beating Serena on this court will forever stay in my mind, definitely, as the best memory of my singles career,” Cornet added.
Alizé Cornet’s regrets after beating Serena Williams
However, after conquering one of the best victories, she also has one of the heart-breaking moments of her career from the SW19 court in the same year. In the next match, Cornet lost to the eventual finalist Eugenie Bouchard in the fourth round. After losing the first set by two points, the French player lost 7-6, 7-5 to the then-20-year-old Canadian. And till date, she is remorseful about that defeat.
“The only regret I have is I was very close against Eugenie Bouchard to go to the quarters and, yeah, this hurts,” she said.
Alizé Cornet has featured four times in the pre-quarterfinals of a Grand Slam. For her, it remains her best performance at Slams so far. In the upcoming months, 30-year-old Cornet is determined to make deep runs in the big tournaments.
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