From an interview on the court after winning the first round, Alizé Cornet expressed the wish to be back on the program at the Roland-Garros center. She was heard and even more so because the organizers offered her a night session, its well-filled grandstands, atmosphere and excited fanfares. In this theater, which is her favorite on the circuit, she performed Cornet, put everything into it until she won and qualified for the third round (6-0, 1-6, 6-3).
Against Jelena Ostapenková, who was just as magnificent and unpredictable, the Frenchwoman did not necessarily have the keys to the game in her hands. “I’ll try to avoid playing alone, because she’s doing best.”, she said aptly before the meeting. But she always had her courage and heart with her. Both allowed him to make exceptional discounts as at the beginning of the third set, where Cornet, breaking in his arm, defended the steel to save his own service.
Two defensive strikes at the end of the race first pushed Latvia to a mistake, then a new strike out of nowhere on the opposite mine derailed the winner of 2017. Ostapenková had a break within reach of the racket, roughly released a backhand half-volley. The French number one could rejoice, as this beginning of the third act was crucial after two almost cartoon rounds, where Ostapenko first generously squirted four corners of the Philippe-Chatrier court (16 unforced errors, only one for Cornet in this first set) before regaining her deadly strength.
The number of unforced Ostapenko errors during the game
The two winning returns brought him a break from the beginning of the second set. And even though Cornet was covering the ground at the back of the court (the moment she started from the right side to smash, she slipped her lob, she pushed Ostapenko before she ended up pointing her finger at the public), she couldn’t face the power play. her opponent. The matches went on and everywhere in one set the debates were finally even and both players recited their scores at the same time.
The moment Cornet, who relied on the public, managed to push the defensive slider a little more to twist Latvia. Take a break, then a second to make up for a gap that will be enough to close the match. “It’s true that you carried me from the first point of the match, you did it until the last point. You held on to me and I needed it. There was such energy, thank you “he released Cornet in front of the spectators standing by the sword.
In the next round, the French (40th in the world rankings) will find the Chinese Qinwen Zheng (74th), who fell to Simona Halepová during the day. The Habs will have the opportunity to match their best performance at the Porte d’Auteuil by joining the eighth as in 2015 and 2017.