Frenchwoman Alize Cornet is a veteran on the WTA Tour - she is playing her 54th consecutive Grand Slam at the US Open - the leader among active players on the Tour (the all-time record on the WTA Tour is 62 slams which is held by Japan's Ai Sugiyama), But the 30 year old will be aiming to reach the first Grand Slam quarter-final of her career after advancing to the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday.
Cornet says she is happy to advance to the last 16 in New York for the first time but would have liked it to be in better circumstances - her opponent Madison Keys retired in the second set of their match while the Frenchwoman was leading 7-6(4), 3-2.
"First of all, I'll trying to enjoy the fact that I'm finally reaching the fourth round here. It's been something I've been looking for I don't know when. Then I will project myself on the potential quarterfinal maybe tomorrow.
But for tonight, yeah, I really want to enjoy the one and a half sets that I did really good. Of course, I'm sad it ended this way, that Madison was in pain. I'm happy that the hard work is paying off."
Alize Cornet says she is proud of her career and resilience
Cornet says she is proud of her record of consecutive majors, which reflects the consistency and resilience of her career.
"Yeah, I'm pretty proud of this record, let's say, because it just means that my career has been very consistent since I'm 17. It's not easy never to be injured, never to win a slam, not to drop in the ranking.
I've been between 10 and 90 for my whole career, so it's quite a good consistency I'll say. I'm not a player that gives up. I'm 30 years old. I'm finally reaching the fourth round at any slam and I'm proud of this resilience.
Cornet's next match is against Tsvetana Pironkova, who is playing her first event in over three years but is someone the Frenchwoman has known for a very long time. "I've known her a long time, been playing together for years.
She's back like this, like nothing happened, and is playing the best tennis of her life. It's really impressive. Yeah, I remember losing against her in the past, so I know she can play great tennis, especially amazing backhand.
I might be the favorite for once tomorrow, like a real favorite. I don't care. It's going to be a good challenge anyway. We will see how it goes." (Image Credit - US Open)