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10 questions about Alizé Cornet – Rome, Serena Williams, writing – updated after Swiatek win at Wimbledon
Alizé Cornet may be on her farewell round of the tour, but she’s still racking up some incredible wins. Here are the answers to 10 questions you might ask about the 30-year-old Frenchwoman
Why is Alizé Cornet in the news?
Alizé Cornet beat Iga Swiatek in the third round of Wimbledon 2022, 6-4, 6-2, snapping the world No 1’s 37-match winning streak.
Where is Alizé Cornet from?
Alizé Cornet was born on January 22, 1990, in Nice. It was there that she began playing tennis at the age of 4. She lives with her partner, Michael Kujaz, who used to be her coach. She is 5ft 7in (1.73m) tall.
When did she begin her career?
Cornet made her professional debut in 2006, a few months after revealing herself to the public at Roland-Garros in 2005. Aged 15 and given a wildcard into the event, she beat Russian Alina Jidkova for her first win on the Tour. She lost her following match against her idol Amélie Mauresmo.
Who coaches Cornet?
Cornet has been coached by the former Polish player Sandra Zaniewska (career-best ranking of No 142) since December 2019 and trains at the Mouratoglou Academy. She was previously coached by Georges Goven, Pierre Bouteyre and Laurent Orsini.
What is her favourite surface?
Clay is the surface on which she can express her game the best, with her heavy, topspin forehand, variety and court coverage. In Rome in 2008, she scored her first major coup, after victories over Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anna Chakvetadze.
What are her best victories?
Cornet is a giant-killer. Capable of highs and lows, she owns 24 wins over top 10 players in her career. Most notable of all, she has beaten Serena Williams three times, most famously of all in the third round at Wimbledon in 2014, and now she has added Swiatek to that tally. Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber have all fallen victim to her talents.
How many titles has Cornet won?
Alizé Cornet has won six trophies from 13 finals. Four of them were on clay (Budapest in 2008, Bad Gastein in 2012, Strasbourg in 2013, Gstaad in 2018) and two on hard courts (Katowice in 2014 and Hobart in 2016). The 30-year-old has also won three doubles titles.
Not forgetting Fed Cup winning the Fed Cup in 2019 in Australia alongside Kristina Mladenovic, Caroline Garcia, Fiona Ferro and Pauline Parmentier under the captaincy of Julien Benneteau. It was during this campaign that she picked up her best victory, against the Belgian Elise Mertens.
What is her best result at a Grand Slam?
A rare phenomenon, Alizé Cornet has not missed a Grand Slam event since the 2006 US Open, a run of 53 straight appearances.
She has made the last 16 four times; in the 2009 Australian Open, she was poised to reach the quarter-finals but was beaten by Dinara Safina, then world No 1. Cornet also reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2014 (losing to Eugenie Bouchard), at Roland-Garros in 2015 (losing to Elina Svitolina) and in 2017 (losing out to Caroline Garcia).
What is Cornet’s best ranking?
Alizé Cornet reached world No 11 in February 2009 after making the quarter-finals of the Open GDF Suez. Currently ranked No 59, she has been inside the top 100 since 2007. She was last in the top 20 in 2015.
How many followers does she have on Instagram?
On her Instagram account, Alizé Cornet shares her tennis and travel snaps with 113,000 followers. On Twitter, where she is followed by close to 150,000 people, Cornet does not hesitate to give her advice, as she did on the Adria Tour.
While watching images from the Adria Tour, I kind of felt that something was really wrong… Am I the only one? Is it a consequence of it?
Get better soon Grigor 🙏 https://t.co/GKfouQ5hwF
— Alize Cornet (@alizecornet) June 21, 2020
What are her passions ?
One passion kept her particularly busy during lockdown; writing. Her first book was published in September 2020, just before the start of Roland-Garros (September 27-October 13).
« I’ve always had a great passion for writing,”, she says. I’m going to publish a book in September. It’s a mixture of autobiography and diary. I wrote it last year »