Wimbledon: Alizé Cornet qualified for the 3rd round against Liu (6-3, 6-3), Tan winner of Sorribes Tormo (6-3, 6-4)

Wimbledon: Alizé Cornet qualified for the 3rd round against Liu (6-3, 6-3), Tan winner of Sorribes Tormo (6-3, 6-4)

Cornet with authority

The French are celebrating at the start of Wimbledon. Like his compatriots Caroline Garcia and Diane Parry, Alizé Cornet won her second match in a row at the start of the fortnight on Thursday. She showed great authority on court 14 to defeat the American Claire Liu, 75th in the world, in two sets (6-3, 6-3) and 1h24 of play. In the 3rd round of the British Major, she could have the formidable honor of challenging the invincible (for 36 matches) world number 1 Iga Swiatek who will be opposed later in the day to the Dutch Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove.


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More impactful and consistent from the baseline, Cornet did his job well. Yet trailing 0/40 on her first service game, the Niçoise warded off the danger and then made the difference at 2-2 before concluding the first set on the opposing commitment. With a second set entry break, she drove the point home. And even if Liu came back behind at the cost of a lot of aggression and beautiful volleys (6-3, 4-3), Cornet immediately reacted by pressing the accelerator again to take the last two games.

The step was too high for Gaston

Hugo Gaston will not challenge Rafael Nadal. The French suffered the law of Lorenzo Sonego (7-6, 6-4, 6-4) in 2h30. Regularly put in danger on his serve, Gaston held on as best he could until the tie-break of the first set where his choice of amortizations were rarely a guarantee of success. With a last backhand fault, he let the Italian take the lead in this match. Before giving in little by little with a break conceded in the third game of the second set.

Driven by his striking power from the baseline and an exceptional speed of movement in defense, Sonego constantly pushed Gaston to play one more shot over and over again. At 7-6, 6-4, 4-1 double break in his favour, the Italian started to foul and Gaston got his first break points of the game. He picked up a late serve, got another chance at 4-3 before losing three games later. The Toulousain therefore does not join Ugo Humbert and Richard Gasquet in the third round.

After the feat, Tan confirms

After his Homeric victory against Serena Williams Tuesday night, Harmony Tan was not surprised. If she had had the honor of the Center Court for her entry into the tournament, the Frenchwoman, who fell back into the anonymity of court number 17, delivered an equally serious match against the 33rd in the world, Sara Sorribes Tormo, for win in two sets (6-3, 6-4) and reach, for the first time in his career, the third round of a Grand Slam tournament.

The Spaniard also suffered greatly from the attacking game of the Habs, and her drop shots which cut the legs of the 25-year-old player. However, it is the 115th in the WTA rankings who was breakered from the start.

But in the process, she took over her opponent’s service to start her match, and then regain a break lead. The second act was much more disjointed, with an entry break for the Habs, taken over twice by their opponent, before a final break to lead 5-4 and a final perfectly mastered service game. Tan could find the Center Court in the next round, as she will face Britain’s Katie Boulter, who fell for Karolina Pliskova.

Attic did not exist

There will have been no miracle for Hugo Grenier. The French Lucky Loser, who had a successful Grand Slam debut by winning against the Swiss qualifier Huesler in 5 sets, suffered the law of the Chilean Christian Garin, who left only 5 games to the 141st player in the ATP rankings to win in 1h33 (6-3, 6-1, 6-1).

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Eighth finalist last year, the 43rd in the world mistreated his opponent, who only won 50% of points behind his first ball, and ruled the net, where he converted 19 of his 21 climbs. In the next round, Christian Garin will find the American Jenson Brooksby, seeded number 29, who got rid of the Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi.

Brooksby Bends Bonzi

The French fought a good battle, but in the end he never managed to worry an impressive player of lucidity, especially in key moments. After a fine 2h34 long duel, Benjamin Bonzi had to surrender in 3 sets (7-6(3), 7-5, 6-3).

Benjamin Bonzi during his second round match – Wimbledon 2022

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Thus, in a tight first set, Bonzi, who offered himself the first three break points of the match, even obtained a set point at 5-4 in his favor, but he saw Brooksby, solid at the net (67 % of points won), staying alive to finally win the tie break.

In the second act, the Habs, author of 44 unforced errors throughout the match, fought to come back from a late break, before losing their serve and giving the American a new lead. Who again made the difference first in the third set, before keeping it until the end, to qualify for the second time in his career in the third round of a Major. Before equaling his best performance (8th at the US Open 2021), in two days?


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