Diminished, Cornet falls with honors
After his monumental feat against Iga Swiatek, the next match was too much for Alizé Cornet. Beaten by Ajla Tomljanovic in three sets after 2:35 of an intense fight (4-6, 6-4, 6-3), the recent winner of the world number one was eliminated in the round of 16 of this Wimbledon 2022. Cornet was at that time the very last Frenchwoman involved in the ladies’ singles table and her exit put an end to the course of the Blues, ladies and gentlemen alike, in this Wimbledon.
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Imperial against Swiatek two days ago, the 37th in the WTA ranking had the status of favorite against a gifted opponent on the surface, but in search of her tennis in 2022. Dominating at the start of the match, Cornet was the first to break at 3-1 in his favour. Once in front of the score, the Niçoise did the job to win the first round in 48 minutes (6-4).
That said, the meeting took a funny turn with six consecutive breaks. With this uncertain rhythm, Cornet began to get annoyed at the weakness of his serve and his double faults. Tomjlanovic therefore broke again at 4-4, in the second set, while Cornet had two balls to win his service game. Behind, the Aussie was quick to win the round after 1h04 of work (6-4).
In the deciding set, Cornet no longer really existed despite behaving like a fighter. Too much in trouble on her serve, the Frenchwoman was breakered from the start and only won her face-off once. Touched by the cramps, but also aware that her opponent was going to procrastinate when concluding with 5-2 service to follow, Cornet suggested an improbable comeback, but Tomljanovic finally found the fault on his opponent’s service (6-3).
The first Australian to qualify for the quarter-finals of Wimbledon twice in a row since Jelena Jokic in 1999 and 2000, Tomljanovic can still succeed her compatriot Ashleigh Barty, her bully in London in 2021. Mission impossible? She will face the discreet Elena Rybakina in the quarter-finals. A meeting well within his reach.
Alizé Cornet injured in her round of 16 at Wimbledon 2022
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Tan outclassed by Anisimova
A few minutes before Cornet fell, Harmony Tan had seen his great adventure come to an end on court n°1. But unlike her eldest, she was never in a position to really believe it. More powerful, more precise and extremely diligent, Amanda Anisimova, seeded 20 in the tournament, constantly picked up speed and logically won in two sets (6-2, 6-3) and 1h13 into the game. her second Grand Slam quarter, three years after Roland-Garros where she had even reached the semis, the American will challenge Simona Halep who crushed Paula Badosa (6-1, 6-2) at the same time.
This time, Harmony Tan didn’t have time to set up her little kitchen made of rhythm changes that had driven her previous opponents crazy. With her 27 winning strokes (three times more than the French), Amanda Anisimova simply did not give her the opportunity. On the restart, the American exploited the opponent’s second balls perfectly (only 33% success for Tan), like her winning backhand return along the line to conclude the game.
After inaugurating the scoreboard on his first engagement, Tan thus conceded five games in a row, before conceding the first set 6-2. Again broken at 1-1 in the second, she got her only chances to raise at 4-3 against her.
But with an ace and a dazzling forehand, Anisimova brushed them aside. The American’s striking quality made a strong impression, as did her management of the Frenchwoman’s slice. Totally dominated, Harmony Tan will nevertheless be able to rely on this great breakthrough at Wimbledon to confirm during the American tour and hope to quickly enter the Top 100.
Harmony Tan in her Round of 16 match against Amanda Anisimova at Wimbledon 2022
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