A historic performance for the Frenchwoman after more than 2h30 of combat. In order to qualify for her first quarter-final in a major tournament, Alizé Cornet (61st) beat Simona Halep (15th) with difficulty in three sets (6-4, 3-6, 6-4) on Monday January 24 during the Australian Open round of 16.
Two days after celebrating his 32e anniversary, Alizé Cornet gave herself a new gift by winning her first quarter-final in a Grand Slam, ending an unfortunate record of 63 appearances without reaching this stage.
However, nothing was easy in her meeting with the Romanian Simona Halep, in great shape after her victory at the preparatory tournament in Melbourne (Australia) two weeks ago.
Alizé Cornet got the better of her opponent in the first set, before leading 3-1 in the second. Under suffocating heat, she then suffered the blow physically, conceding six consecutive games and losing the second set, pushing her to play a decisive final set for her qualification.
The Niçoise managed to win at the end of the effort, after 2h35 of fight against the former world number 1, by converting her third match point. In the next round, she will face this Tuesday (at 1 a.m. in France) the American Danielle Rose Collins (30e).