Alize Cornet, World No. 53, will miss the WTA clay tournament Internationaux de Strasbourg—where she crowned herself champion in 2013—in order to prepare better for her evolution in Roland Garros. The French explained that she looks forward to curing some physical issue before her home Grand Slam.
“So sad to miss this beautiful tournament in Strasbourg but I absolutely have to get rid of this adductor pain before Roland! Good luck to the whole tournament team who does a wonderful job. It will be for another time,” tweeted the 29-years-old on May 18th.
Even if Cornet’s participation in Strasbourg has left something to be desired in the past years, she counts the 2013 singles edition among her six WTA titles, and is one of the only three Frenchwomen having won this trophy since the event’s creation in 1987—the other two being Aravane Rezai in 2009 and Caroline Garcia in 2016.
Cornet will hence focus on outdoing her last year performance at the International French Championship, where she had lost 6-7(2) 6-4 6-2 in the round of 64 to her compatriot Pauline Parmentier. The World No. 53 reached Roland Garros’ round of 16 twice, bowing 6-2 7-6(9) to Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in 2015 and 6-2 6-4 to Caroline Garcia in 2017—with these being her best results at the French Open.
After recently reaching the Rome Open round of 16 as a qualifier, Cornet pulled out of her match against Carla Suarez Navarro when the score was 6-3 3-0 in favour of the Spaniard.