Alize Cornet: It was such a drama against Simona Halep

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Alize Cornet: It was such a drama against Simona Halep

World No. 61 Alize Cornet wasn't happy with the fact that she almost let Simona Halep make a big comeback but she was glad that she managed to end on the winning side and reach her maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal. Cornet, a former world No.

11, stunned No. 14 seed Halep 6-4 3-6 6-4 to reach the Australian Open quarterfinal. Cornet was 6-4 3-1 up before Halep won five consecutive games to force a decider. In the third set, Cornet broke Halep in the seventh game and served out for the match in the 10th game.

"It was definitely very hard conditions to play," Cornet said. "I could see that Simona was also struggling, like me. We were both fighters on the court out there, and really giving everything we had, leaving it all on the court.

"It was such a drama, because I was one set one break up and I don't know how many games I lost in a row and finally came back in the third. I was so tired I couldn't think anymore, which was a good thing I think at the end, because it just made me keep playing, keep trying, and at the end I made my first quarterfinals."

Cornet plays Danielle Collins next

Next up for Cornet will be a career-first meeting with Collins. Collins delivered a strong performance on Monday as she beat world No. 26 Elise Mertens. "That's the first time we play with Danielle Collins," Cornet said.

"Well, that could be somewhat drama, this match for sure. I see how she is on the court. She's like a lion. She impresses me a little bit because she's so intense. I'm intense too but I think she's next-level intense.

"She's hitting so hard. This is going to be a good match. I'm really happy to play against this kind of player."