Wimbledon | Alizé Cornet surprises Iga Swiatek

(Wimbledon) Favorite IGA Swiatek had been unbeaten since February and looked invincible after 37 wins and six titles en route.

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She was never very comfortable on the grass, however, and on Saturday at Wimbledon, numerous third-round errors against Alizé Cornet led her to a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Alizé Cornet.

“I played very badly,” said Swiatek, who never made it past the fourth round at the All England Club. I was confused in my strategy. »

rank 37e In the world, Cornet got rid of the Roland Garros champion in an hour and 33 minutes.

No player since Switzerland’s Martina Hingis triumphed 37 times in 1997 had won as many consecutive games as Swiatek in 1997.

But from the start we could see it wasn’t his day.


Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth, Associated Press

Iga Swiatek

“I didn’t know what to do,” she admitted.

She quickly trailed 3-0, and nine of Cornet’s first 14 points came from unforced errors by the favorite. Of all these points, the French woman only won one thanks to a winner.

Swiatek’s behavior was contrary to her usual display; She is often impressive and very calm. After missing a forehand, she hit the top of her right foot with her racquet.

By the end of the game, Swiatek had accumulated 33 unforced errors – 26 more than Cornet. And the Politur’s powerful forehand produced just nine winners, just two more than Cornet.

This isn’t Cornet’s first coup at the All England Club. She reached the fourth round of this Grand Slam tournament in 2014 after edging out American Serena Williams.

Cornet, 32, reached the quarter-finals of a major tournament for the first time in 63 attempts in Australia in January.

She will face Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in the next round.

“I’m like fine wine,” said Cornet. I age well. »

Tan goes on

Regardless of whether their opponents are tournament or crowd favorites, Harmony Tan continues to edge them out.


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Harmony Tan

First there was Serena Williams who has been crowned seven times at Wimbledon. Then the 32nde Seed Sara Sorribe Tormo and Brits Katie Boulter on Saturday.

“I think I like the grass,” said Tan, who had three straight wins for the first time in his career. I love spinning my balls, volleying, all that stuff. »

The French woman takes part in the tournament for the first time. She competed in the French Open four times, where she reached the second round only once.

She also competed at the Australian Open that year, where she again advanced to the second round.

In New York, she lost in the first round in 2018 by her performance at Flushing Meadows alone.

On Saturday, Tan defeated Boulter 6-1, 6-1, thanks in part to five breaks.

Tan will next face America’s Amanda Anisimova, who will enter the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time in her career.

Anisimova ousted country mate Coco GAUFF 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-1 after conceding the first three points of the game. She also led 4-1 in deadlock.

Tomljanovic followed suit in the fourth round after upsetting 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 2-6 6-4 6-3.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova lost 7-5, 7-6 (4) to Paola Badosa in Spain.

In mixed doubles, Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski and Australia’s John Peers defeated Demi Schuuren of the Netherlands and Ariel Behar of Uruguay 6-3, 6-4 in the second round.

Easy game for Nadal

On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal, 4th in the world, eliminated Italy’s Lorenzo Songo (54th) 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.


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Rafael Nadal

“It’s my best game since the start of the tournament, against the best of my three opponents so far. I’m happy to pick up my level well,” commented the 36-year-old Spaniard.

In his first two games of the tournament, Nadal, who had not played on London’s turf since losing in the semifinals in 2019, had conceded a set each time.

This time he left no shadow of hope for his opponent and will face Dutch Botisches Van de Zandschulp (25th) to try to climb into the quarters.

Nadal, winner of Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010, is on the hunt for a 23rd Grand Slam title after already winning the Australian Open and Roland-Garros this year. But he is threatened by foot pain, which doesn’t seem to have bothered him since the competition began.

11th seed Taylor Fritz defeated Alex Molcan 6-4 6-1 7-6 (3) while Brandon Nakashima defeated Daniel Elahi Galan 6-4 6-4 6-1.

For his part, Jenson Brooksby gave way to Cristian Garin 6-2, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 and Jack Sock lost 6-2, 4-6, 5-7, 7-6 (4). 6-3 against Jason Kubler.

Meanwhile, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova lost 7-5, 7-6 (4) to Paola Badosa in Spain.

Also, Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski and her Australian partner John Peers defeated Dutch Demi-Schuuren and Uruguay’s Ariel Behar 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the mixed doubles tournament on Court #15.

Tsitsipas is beaten by Kyrgios in four sets

On the men’s side, fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (2) 6-4 6-3 7-6 was upset by Nick Kyrgios, 40e in the world.

Tsitsipas had 21 aces but he also had seven double faults.

The Greek also let the five break points he got.

Taylor Fritz defeated Alex Molcan 6-4 6-1 7-6(3) while Brandon Nakashima defeated Daniel Elahi Galan 6-4 6-4 6-1.

Jenson Brooksby bows to Jason Kubler.

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