Alizé Cornet, 40th in the world, was eliminated on Saturday in the 3rd round of the US Open by the American Danielle Collins (19th) who had put an end at the start of the season to the most beautiful course of the French in Grand Slam, in the quarter-finals at the Australian Open. At 32, Cornet has never made it past the round of 16 in New York.
Alizé Cornet, 40th in the world, was eliminated on Saturday in the 3rd round of the US Open 6-4, 7-6 (11/9) by the American Danielle Collins (19th) who had ended the season at the most beautiful course of the French in Grand Slam, in the quarter-finals at the Australian Open. “Alizé was playing very well, she pushed me to the limit, it took me a lot of mentality to beat her. When you look at Alizé, she is still fighting, her game of anticipation is one of the best on the circuit”, said commented Collins who will face Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (6th) in the round of 16.
63 participations in consecutive Grand Slam tournaments
At 28, the American had never passed the 3rd round of the New York Major. Finalist this year in Melbourne, she reached the quarters at Roland-Garros in 2020 and the third round at Wimbledon in 2019. The match against Cornet was very balanced, between two surly players who put all their strength into almost each of their strikes . The American scored the break in the first set to break away 3-2 and was not caught again. In the second round, each player kept her face-off until the tie break. The Frenchwoman got three balls to equalize at one set everywhere, but it was finally Collins who concluded on her second match point.
At 32, Cornet has never made it past the round of 16 in New York and remained on the verge of elimination as soon as she entered the competition in 2021. In addition to her quarter in Melbourne, she was then beaten in the 3rd round at Roland-Garros and in Round of 16 at Wimbledon where she had dismissed the world No.1 Iga Swiatek in the third round, thus ending a series of 37 consecutive victories for the Pole. Cornet set a new record of 63 consecutive Grand Slam appearances in New York, bettering the one she co-held from Wimbledon with Japan’s Ai Sugiyama.