The three French in the race Thursday 1Ahem September reached the third round of the US Open: Alizé Cornet and Clara Burel in the women’s draw, Richard Gasquet in the men’s draw.
Alize Cornet, 40me World Cup, qualified this Thursday for the third round of the US Open by defeating the Czech Katerina Siniakova (83me) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. The 32-year-old French thus confirms her victory, more easily, in the first round against the reigning champion, the British Emma Raducanu (11me) 6-3, 6-3. She will face, for a place in the round of 16, the American Danielle Collins (19me) or the Spanish Cristina Bucsa (118me and the result of the qualifications).
Cornet never made it past the round of 16 in New York and was on the verge of elimination upon entering the competition in 2021. In Australia earlier in the year, the Niçoise reached the quarterfinals for the first time in her Grand Slam Finals career. . She was defeated by Collins, a future finalist.
Then she was hit at 3me round at Roland-Garros and in the round of 16 at Wimbledon, where she had eliminated the world number 1, Iga Swiatek, in the third round, thus ending a streak of 37 consecutive victories of the Pole. Cornet competes in New York for his 63me consecutive Grand Slams, bettering the record she co-held since Wimbledon with Japan’s Ai Sugiyama.
Clara Burel also happens
Clara Burell, 131me world and qualifying, confirmed this Thursday his feat of the first round against the winner of the last Wimbledon by qualifying for the third round of the US Open at the expense of the Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck (43me), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
The Frenchwoman, who is participating, at the age of 21, in her second New York major, after a first-round elimination in 2021, will face the 6-year-old Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.me World Cup and semifinalist in 2021, to try to climb to the round of 16.
This season, Burel was eliminated in the first round of the first three Grand Slam tournaments (Australian Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon). His best result in a major tournament to date is reaching the third round at Roland-Garros in 2020.
Richard Gasquet facing Nadal’s wall at 3me round
For his part, Richard Gasquet (91me) did everything possible to dominate Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic (36me) 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. “It is a great victory for me, because he is a great player.the 36-year-old Frenchman commented. I had a little soreness in my knee in the third set, but managed to put up a fight in the fourth. »
Gasquet reached the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows in 2013 but hasn’t made it past the third round since 2018. A quarterfinalist last week at Winston Salem, where he narrowly missed reaching the semis, and winner of a grueling match in the first round in New York in very hot weather, Gasquet again showed great fighting spirit on Thursday to see off Kecmanovic, relying in particular on his exceptional one-handed backhand. In total, he got 61 winners.
“The conditions were favorable to me: a lot of wind, the fast court, it changed my game. I don’t change my shoes, nor my socks… It’s stupid, but it’s much less physically difficult for me, even if the match was tough”commented the biterois.
“I did the first set and that gave me courage. And you don’t let go afterwards, you have a morale of steel”he said, acknowledging that he was tired. He will face the Spaniard Rafael Nadal (3me), whom he has never beaten in seventeen matches on the main circuit.
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