After Watching Bartoli Win Wimbledon, French #2 Alize Cornet is Winning in Washington
Steve Fogleman, TennisEastCoast.com
Alize Cornet is the #2 French women’s singles player. She reflected on Marion Bartoli’s 2013 Wimbledon title after winning an important match herself in Washington, DC yesterday. She outlasted Sorana Cirstea of Romania in three sets to advance to the Citi Open semifinals. Tonight at 9:15 p.m., Cornet faces Andrea Petkovic for a spot in the tournament final.
She was thrilled with Bartoli’s big win and compatriot Kiki Mladenovic winning the mixed doubles title with Daniel Nestor. But now it’s her turn.
This is Cornet’s first visit to the Nation’s Capital, and she’s a big fan of Washington now. She thought the White House was impressive. Washington tennis fans are impressed with her, since she has gone on a run this week on the courts of Rock Creek Park that have included victories over Yanina Wickmayer, Heather Watson and Sorana Cirstea.
Cornet is a native of Nice, France and a life-long resident. She recently took a few weeks off to rest up before the summer hard courts season. Where does a resident of a sun-soaked resort town go on holiday? Usually down the street. In Cornet’s case, she went to visit her boyfriend near the Swiss border. After reaching a career high of #11 in 2009, Cornet has slowly worked her way back to #31 and is poised to return to the top 25 next week.These and other fun facts in the more in-depth interview below the fold.
— Alize Cornet (@alizecornet) July 26, 2013