Alize Cornet: I just kept fighting, it was burning hot outside

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Alize Cornet: I just kept fighting, it was burning hot outside

Alize Cornet said her goal was to fight until the end and she was glad it paid off and she escaped with a comeback win over Tamara Zidansek On Saturday, Cornet recovered from a set and a break down to beat Tamara Zidansek 4-6 6-4 6-2 and progress into the Australian Open round-of-16 where she will now meet Simona Halep.

"I just kept fighting, kept trying my best, and the match turned around," Cornet said afterwards, per the WTA website. "In the third set, it was very hard physically for both of us. It was burning hot outside.

I'm really glad that I came out with the win the day of my birthday. It means a lot."

Cornet claimed a big comeback win

The match started with five consecutive breaks as Zidansek led 3-2 after the opening five games of the match.

Zidansek was the first player to hold her serve after serving out the sixth game. Zidansek missed out on two break points in the seventh game but served out for the opener in the 10th game. After winning the first set, Zidansek was up by a double break in the second set as she had a 4-1 lead.

After falling down by a break and a double break, Cornet responded with back-to-back breaks and won five games in a row to overturn the deficit and force a decider. In the third set, Cornet lost her serve once but broke Zidansek three times to complete a comeback win.

"I had a really great time on the court again with the crowd supporting me," said Cornet. "I want to fill my heart with all this energy without thinking I might get finally my quarterfinal that I'm looking for for the past 15 years.

We'll see how it goes. I will keep doing my best on the court. If it happens, great. If not, it's still amazing what I'm living every day here." Cornet plays next Simona Halep.