US Open 2022: Alizé Cornet, long-time Grand Slam champion

US Open 2022: Alizé Cornet, long-time Grand Slam champion

The Louis-Armstrong court and a victory against the winner of the last US Open, Emma Raducanu, in the first round. To go down in history, Alizé Cornet benefited from a real setting. On the night of Tuesday, August 30 to Wednesday, August 31, the 32-year-old French player set a new record: the most consecutive participations in a Grand Slam tournament. By lining up at the 2022 US Open, the niçoise signed her 63rd consecutive appearance at a Major. She turned the numbers around in a career of exceptional length.

63 consecutive appearances in a Grand Slam tournament, a new record

The previous record (62) was held by the Japanese Ai Sugiyama, who played from 1992 to 2009 on the circuit. This brand had been around Alizé Cornet’s head for a few years. Safe from serious injuries during her career, the Frenchwoman has not missed a single Grand Slam tournament since 2007.

In total, he has 66 major appearances. This longevity shows that Alizé Cornet has known how to evolve her game to stay in the top 100 and thus always reach the main draw of the Grand Slam tournaments.

At 15 for his first Roland-Garros

The Niçoise was just 15 years old when she entered a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in 2005. On clay at Roland-Garros, she defeated Alina Jidkova in the first round (7-6, 6-3), before losing resoundingly. in the next stage against Amélie Mauresmo (6-0, 6-2).

Very precocious, however he had to wait until he was 32 years old to achieve his best result in a Major. In January 2022, at the Australian Open, by beating Simona Halep, she qualified for the first time in her career to the Grand Slam quarterfinals. The year 2022 will have been a decidedly prosperous one for Alizé Cornet: at Wimbledon, she reached the round of 16, her best result there since 2014, achieving a feat against world number one Iga Swiatek.

Only 1 retirement in a Major

Shadow on the board of the year 2022 for Alizé Cornet, her retirement at Roland-Garros. For the first time in her career at a Grand Slam tournament, she was forced to stop the match in the third round. Victim of a torn adductors, the player came out to the whistles of the public when she was directed 6-3, 3-0 by Qinwen Zheng. A very bad fight experienced by the Habs who did not accept that her investment was questioned.

15 years in the top 100

Since the first week of August 2007, Alizé Cornet has not left the gratin of world players. The Frenchwoman achieved a career-high ranking of 11th in the WTA rankings on February 16, 2009. Returning to 59th in late 2021, Alizé Cornet experienced a true renaissance in 2022 (33 in early June , 40 at the dawn of the US Open). Above all, in more than a decade, the player has never dropped below 60th place (in 2019), proof of incredible consistency.

More than 500 wins

A symbolic milestone. On August 22 in Cleveland (United States), Alizé Cornet achieved her 500th career victory. If the Frenchwoman has not lifted any Grand Slam trophy, she has won the singles final six times: in Budapest (2008), Bad Gastein (2012), Strasbourg (2013), Katowice (2014), Hobart (2016), Gstaad. (2018). In doubles she won another three titles: Budapest (2008), Strasbourg (2010), Hong Kong (2015). With the France team, she won the Fed Cup in 2019.

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