a fateful day for Alizé Cornet, Clara Burel and Richard Gasquet

a fateful day for Alizé Cornet, Clara Burel and Richard Gasquet

a fateful day for Alizé Cornet, Clara Burel and Richard Gasquet

Alizé Cornet, during her US Open third round match against American Danielle Collins, on September 3, 2022, in New York.

Triple disappointment for French tennis. The three tricolor representatives of the day were eliminated on Saturday 3 September, in the third round of the US Open in New York. Alizé Cornet is the one who can have the most regrets after her very busy match against American Danielle Collins. Clara Burel and Richard Gasquet were literally overwhelmed by Aryna Sabalenka and Rafael Nadal respectively.

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Cornet comes out with a record

The New York adventure ends with a touch of bitterness for Alizé Cornet. The 40And world was eliminated in two close sets (6-4, 7-6 [11/9]) of the American Danielle Collins (19And) who had already put an end to the French Grand Slam’s most beautiful course at the beginning of the season, in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

“Alizé was playing very well, she pushed me to the limit, I needed a strong mind to beat her. When you watch Alizé, she always fights, her anticipation game is one of the best on the circuit.Danielle Collins commented. At 28, the American had never made it through the third round of the New York Major, but she made it to the final in Melbourne earlier this year.

The match against Cornet was very balanced, between two grumpy players who put all their strength into almost every shot. The American broke in the first set 3-2 and did not let himself be recovered.

In the second round, each player held his face-off until the tie-break. Alizé Cornet got three balls to equalize in a set anywhere, but in the end it was Danielle Collins who finished in her second match point.

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Alizé Cornet leaves New York after a new record of 63 consecutive Grand Slam appearances, improving what she had held since Wimbledon with Japan’s Ai Sugiyama.

Helpless Burel and Gasquet

Clara Burel’s superb career came to an abrupt end on Saturday night against Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (6And) that overwhelmed the French, 131And world championship and qualifying, in two quick sets (6-0, 6-2).

At 21, the Frenchwoman took part in her second New York Major (elimination in the first round in 2021) and equaled her best result in a Grand Slam, already achieved at Roland-Garros in 2020. This season she was eliminated in the first round of the first three Grand Slam tournaments (Australian Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon).

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For his part, Richard Gasquet has come close to corrections in the face of Hurricane Rafael Nadal. After two bumpy first laps, the Spaniard picked up the pace against the Frenchman and won 6-0, 6-1, 7-5, inflicting his favorite victim his 18And defeat in as many clashes.

If Gasquet managed to score six games in this bout, it was at the cost of one last stand in the third set, during which he finally let go of his shots. Nadal, who eventually saw some adversity manifest, made sure not to let Gasquet hope for a comeback.

“It is my best match of the tournament, there have been many improvements, I have raised my level of play, it is important”underlined the Majorcan, who wants to bring his Grand Slam title record to twenty-three and will have American Frances Tiafoe as his opponent in the next round (26And).

There are only two French representatives left for the second week in New York. Among the women, Caroline Garcia (17And world championship), in excellent form, will face the American Alison Riske (29And). For men, Corentin Moutet, 112And world championships and the qualifications drawn up, they will not have the easy task. For his first round of 16 majors, he will face Norwegian Casper Ruud (5And), finalist at the last Roland-Garros.

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The world with AFP

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