- Alize Cornet beat Simona Halep 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals
- This is his 63rd attempt at a Grand Slam competition.
France’s Alize Cornet’s dream of reaching the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam tournament has come true. At the Australia Open on Monday, she defeated two-time winner Simona Halep 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to reach the last 8. This is her 63rd attempt at a Grand Slam competition and she had never made it to the quarterfinals before. Alize is participating in the Australian Open for the 17th time.
He said after the match, “This will be my first quarter-final. It’s like a dream come true.”
The record for reaching the quarter-finals after playing in the Grand Slam for the most times has now been recorded in the name of Cornet. Earlier this record was held by Tamarin Tanasugarn who reached the last eight of Grand Slam (Wimbledon) after 45th attempt in 2008. Cornet will next take on American 27th seed Danielle Collins, who defeated 19th seed Alice Mertons 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a nearly three-hour match. Collins reached the semi-finals here in 2019.
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In another women’s match, 2020 French Open champion Inga Swiatake defeated Sorena Christia 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.
In the men’s section, US Open champion Daniil Medvedev defeated 70th-ranked Maxim Crecy 6-2, 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 7-5. World number two Medvedev is trying to win a second consecutive Grand Slam. He was defeated by Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final last year but he avenged that loss in the US Open final.
Djokovic is not able to play in Australia this year due to non-compliance with the strict rules of corona vaccination. Medvedev will now face ninth seed Felix Agar Eliassime, who defeated 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic 2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2, 7-6 (4). Medvedev had defeated the Canadian player in the semi-finals of the US Open last year.
Another Canadian player Denis Shapavalov has already made it to the last eight where he will face 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. Meanwhile, 11th seed Yannick Sinar defeated 32nd seed Alex de Minaur 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-4 to end Australia’s last hope in men’s singles.
(With PTI Inputs)
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