Tennis – One of the most improved players of 2014 – Alize Cornet showed her mettle at the Guangzhou International Women’s Open today, fighting back from a set down to seal her spot in the quarterfinal of the WTA International event.
Cornet, who has recorded two wins over World No.1 Serena Williams in 2014, is ranked at 22nd place in the world at the moment. Courtesy of that ranking and a weak roster for this $500,000 event, the Frenchwoman is seeded second here.
What’s more, with the exit of former US Open champion Samantha Stosur who lost to the host nation’s Yafan Wang yesterday, Cornet is the highest seeded player left in the draw. In her second round match, Cornet was up against Isreal’s Shahar Peer and was thoroughly tested early on as she failed to find her rhythm.
Peer raced into a set’s lead and continued to dominate Cornet early on in the second set, before the Frenchwoman upped the ante. With the help of 9 breaks of serve and a healthy first serve conversion rate of 64 percent, the 25 year-old won the match 3-6,7-5, 6-1 in two hours and 15 minutes.
Cornet, who had defeated Yulia Putintseva in the first round, will now be up against Su-Wei Hsieh in the quarterfinal.