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TENNIS – Alizé Cornet finally holds it. The 32-year-old Frenchwoman, winner of ex-world number one Simona Halep this Monday, January 24 in the round of 16 at the Australian Open, will play, for the first time in her career, the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam .
As you can see in the excerpt below, the 32-year-old Niçoise, kneeling on the court after the match point, could not hold back her tears once the victory was won.
A strong emotional moment that she then decided to extend during the post-match interview. Questioned by the former Australian tennis star, Jelena Dokic, who had notably suffered from depression in the past, the current 61st in the world took the opportunity to send her a vibrant tribute.
“You were a great player, now you are a wonderful commentator”
“We can all congratulate the way you have evolved in your life. You were a great player and now you are a wonderful commentator”, she proclaimed, before taking the Australian in her arms to the applause of the public.
The Frenchwoman and the Australian had almost faced off in the quarter-finals in Melbourne in 2009, but the first city had bowed out against Russian Dinara Safina, after missing two match points. A painful memory that resurfaced this Monday when Simona Halep, in turn, saved two match points in the third set.
“I said to myself ‘oulala’, it’s dangerous to fall into this trap. But I surprised myself because I stayed very focused, I didn’t panic,” the French player told the press. And to add: “It’s an accomplishment because it’s a result I’ve been waiting for for a long time. The tears brought back, many, many things from the last 13 years”.
Mocked and even insulted during some underperformances, Alizé Cornet, who will face the American Danielle Collins in the quarterfinals this Wednesday, now sees things in a big way and even imagines “going to the end”. We wish him well.
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