The three French in the running Thursday 1er 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.
Alizé Cornet, 40e world, qualified Thursday for the third round of the US Open by defeating the Czech Katerina Siniakova (83e) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. The 32-year-old Frenchwoman thus confirms her victory, which was easier, in the first round against the defending champion, the Briton Emma Raducanu (11e) 6-3, 6-3. She will face, for a place in the round of 16, the American Danielle Collins (19e) or the Spaniard Cristina Bucsa (118e and outcome of qualifications).
Cornet never made it past the round of 16 in New York and remained on the verge of elimination as soon as she entered the competition in 2021. In Australia, at the start of the year, the Niçoise reached the quarters for the first time in her career. Grand Slam finals. She was beaten by Collins, future finalist.
She was then beaten at 3e round at Roland-Garros and in the round of 16 at Wimbledon, where she had taken out world number 1, Iga Swiatek, in the third round, thus ending a series of 37 consecutive victories for the Pole. Cornet competes in New York for his 63e Grand Slam tournament in a row, improving the record she co-held since Wimbledon with the Japanese Ai Sugiyama.
Clara Burel also passes
Clara Burel, 131e world and qualifying, confirmed on Thursday her exploit 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 (43e), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
The Frenchwoman, who is participating, at 21, in her second New York major, after an elimination in the first round in 2021, will face the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, 6e world and semi-finalist in 2021, to try to climb into 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 major tournament result to date is reaching the third round at Roland-Garros in 2020.
Richard Gasquet facing the Nadal wall at 3e round
For his part, Richard Gasquet (91e) pulled out all the stops to dominate Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic (36e) 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. “It’s a big victory for me, because he’s a great playercommented the 36-year-old Frenchman. I had a little sore knee in the third set, but I managed to put up a fight in the fourth. »
Gasquet reached the last four at Flushing Meadows in 2013, but he hasn’t made it past the third round since 2018. Quarter-finalist last week at Winston Salem, where he narrowly missed reaching the semi-finals , 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 dismiss Kecmanovic, relying in particular on his exceptional one-handed backhand. In total, he landed 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, not my socks… It’s stupid, but it’s much less difficult physically for me, even if the game was tough”commented the Biterrois.
“I did the first set and that gave me courage. And you don’t let go afterwards, you have a moral of steel”, he said, acknowledging that he was tired. He will be opposed for a place in the round of 16 to the Spaniard Rafael Nadal (3e), which he has never beaten in seventeen confrontations on the main circuit.