Alizé Cornet

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Alizé Cornet
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Cornet at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports)  France
Residence Nice
Born (1990-01-22) 22 January 1990 (age 28)
Nice
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Bastien Fazincani
Prize money $6,275,335
Official website sportifdigital.com/alizecornet
Singles
Career record 399–321 (55.42%)
Career titles 5 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 11 (16 February 2009)
Current ranking No. 44 (2 July 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2009)
French Open 4R (2015, 2017)
Wimbledon 4R (2014)
US Open 3R (2007, 2008, 2013, 2014)
Doubles
Career record 94–127
Career titles 3 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 59 (7 March 2011)
Current ranking No. 116 (2 July 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2014)
French Open 2R (2008, 2010, 2015, 2016)
Wimbledon 2R (2013, 2014, 2016)
US Open 2R (2013)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 7–18
Hopman Cup W (2014)
Last updated on: 2 July 2018.

Alizé Cornet (French pronunciation: ​[alize kɔʁnɛ]; born 22 January 1990) is a French professional tennis player.

Cornet has won five singles and three doubles titles on the WTA Tour, as well as three singles and three doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. In February 2009, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 11.

In 2014, Cornet became known for defeating world No. 1 Serena Williams on three occasions. At the Dubai Tennis Championships, she recorded a straight-set win over Williams in the semifinals, which resulted in Cornet's reaching her biggest singles final in almost six years. In July, at the Wimbledon Championships, she came back from a set down to upset Williams in the third round, handing the American her earliest exit at the tournament since 2005.

Cornet also has an impressive junior's record, reaching a career-high combined ranking of world No. 8 on 11 June 2007. In addition, she also won her sole Grand Slam junior singles title at the 2007 French Open.[1]

Career[edit]

2005–2007[edit]

She made her Grand Slam debut at the French Open in 2005 and made it to the second round, where she lost to Amélie Mauresmo. In 2006, she reached the second round again by beating Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain in the first round. She could not repeat this performance in 2007, as she lost in the first round to Venus Williams. Cornet was defeated in the Wimbledon 2007 qualifying event by Olga Govortsova, but made it to the main draw as a lucky loser when Li Na withdrew. Cornet reached the second round before being defeated by the experienced Ai Sugiyama in three sets. Also in 2007, she won a $50,000 ITF tournament in Dnipropetrovsk, beating Stefanie Vögele in the final. In the 2007 US Open, Cornet lost to Jelena Janković in the third round.

2008: First Premier 5 final, first WTA titles[edit]

Cornet reached the second round of the Australian Open where she lost to 9th seed Daniela Hantuchová. Over the following months, Cornet experienced a great level of success on the main tour, particularly on clay, reaching the final in Acapulco and the semifinals in Amelia Island and Charleston (a Tier-I event). Cornet entered the Rome Masters and beat Vera Dushevina in the first round, Francesca Schiavone in the second, world No. 3, Svetlana Kuznetsova, in the third, and then received a walkover from an injured Serena Williams to get into the semifinals. She defeated Anna Chakvetadze, to reach her first Tier-I final, here however she lost to Jelena Janković in two sets.

Due to her great run at Rome, she rose to No. 20 in the world and was seeded 19th for her home Slam, the French Open. She defeated Julia Vakulenko in the first round after a stylish display. She then beat clay specialist Gisela Dulko in the second round but lost to 14th seed Agnieszka Radwańska in the third round.

Cornet at the French Open in 2008

She suffered a poor grass season, making first round exits at Eastbourne (to Amélie Mauresmo) and at Wimbledon, to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

She won her first WTA title at Budapest. Cornet was seeded second and received a bye into the second round. Here she defeated Magdaléna Rybáriková, and followed it up with a straight sets win over Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the quarters. In the semifinal she defeated Gréta Arn, to make her third final of the year, which she won in two sets against Andreja Klepač. She capped it off by winning the doubles with Janette Husárová at the same tournament.

At Austria, she was seeded second. However, whilst 6–2, 2–1 up, she suffered an injury and retired when trailing 3–2 in the final set.

She then competed at the Beijing Olympics, seeded 15th. She defeated Nicole Vaidišová in the first round, Peng Shuai, in the second, before falling to Serena Williams in three sets. In New Haven, she was seeded 7th and again beat Nicole Vaidišová in the first round 6–3, 7–6. Cornet followed it up by beating Katarina Srebotnik, and a win over 2nd seeded Daniela Hantuchová in the quarterfinal. However, she lost in the semis to eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki.

At the US Open, she was seeded 16th, and reached the third round with a win over Camille Pin, 7–5, 6–0 and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 7–6, 6–1 however losing 4–6, 5–7 to Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the third.

2009: Career-high ranking in singles[edit]

Cornet played at the Hopman Cup, and placed third in her group, partnering Gilles Simon. She defeated Hsieh Su-wei of Chinese Taipei and Italian Flavia Pennetta. She then lost to Russia's Dinara Safina, 6–3, 6–2.

Cornet began the season at the Medibank International where she defeated 7th seed Nadia Petrova and Alisa Kleybanova before losing to second seed and eventual finalist Dinara Safina in the quarterfinals 3–6, 4–6. Cornet entered the Australian Open as the fifteenth seed, easily winning her two matches. In the third round, she dropped a set against Daniela Hantuchová, but advanced regardless. In the fourth round, she held two match points against Safina, but was eventually ousted in three sets. This was her third loss to the Russian already that year.

Cornet then took part in the Open GDF Suez in Paris. Seeded fifth, she defeated Latvian qualifier Anastasija Sevastova in the first round and went on to again defeat Hantuchová in three tight sets in the second round. She was then defeated by the number 2 seed Jelena Janković in the quarterfinal.

Despite having an impressive first month of the year, Cornet's results began to slide. She lost her two matches to Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta in the Fed Cup, playing for France. Her best result in her next seven tournaments were third round showings in Dubai and Miami. She would lose another two matches in the Fed Cup Play-offs, to Daniela Hantuchová and Dominika Cibulková.

Cornet fell in the early rounds in both the French Open and Wimbledon, continuing a dismal 2009 tennis season.

Cornet was then defeated in the early rounds in Budapest and Palermo. After months of early losses, Cornet had a promising showing in Bad Gastein, advancing to the semifinals before losing to Ioana Raluca Olaru, a match in which Cornet had a 5–4 lead and serve for closing the match in the second set.

2010[edit]

Cornet, began her year at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, losing to Francesca Schiavone in the quarterfinals. She then suffered an early loss to Alona Bondarenko in Hobart. At the Australian Open, she again lost to Schiavone in the opening round. Over the next two months, poor results continued for the Frenchwoman. During this period, her most notable tournament was in Monterrey, Mexico, where she reached the quarterfinals.

During the European clay court season, Cornet, as a qualifier in the Barcelona Ladies Open in Spain, lost to Timea Bacsinszky in the first round. Cornet reached her first semifinal of the season in Fes, Morocco, losing to Iveta Benešová. She had previously not dropped a set in her previous three matches at the tournament. At the Estoril Open in Portugal, home favourite Michelle Larcher de Brito beat Cornet in the first round. As a qualifier in the Madrid Open she lost again to Schiavone for the fourth time that year. Cornet won her first tournament of the year in doubles at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, playing doubles with Vania King. Cornet would lose to King in singles. At Roland Garros, 29th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated her in the first round 6–4, 6–2. Soon after, Cornet posted her worst result of the year at an ITF event in Marseille, France, losing to 412th-ranked Caroline Garcia in three sets.

At Wimbledon, she lost in the first round to Ioana Raluca Olaru.

She then played in clay in the Suez Grand Prix upsetting Timea Bacsinszky before losing to eventual champion Ágnes Szávay in the quarters 3–6, 1–6. At the Prague Open she fell to Patty Schnyder in the second round. Cornet reach her second semifinal of the year in Bad Gastein with a win over top seed and defending champion Andrea Petkovic 6–2, 7–5, where she lost to Julia Görges. At the US Open, she fell in the first round to 31st seeded Estonian Kaia Kanepi in three sets. It was bad year for Alize as she lost in the opening round at all four Grand Slam.

2011[edit]

Cornet's first tournament was the ASB Classic. She defeated Sandra Záhlavová 3–6, 7–5, 6–0 in the first round, before being swept aside by German Julia Görges 6–2, 6–4. Next, she headed to Melbourne for the Australian Open. She defeated CoCo Vandeweghe and 26th seed María José Martínez Sánchez in straight sets en route to the third round, where she was defeated by eventual champion Kim Clijsters 7–6, 6–3.

Cornet then headed to Moscow for the Quarterfinals of the Fed Cup against Russia. She defeated two time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 3–6, 6–3, 6–4 for her biggest win in nearly a year and one of the biggest of her career. However, she lost her second singles match to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 3–6, 6–3, 6–2. In doubles, partnering Julie Coin, she lost to Pavlyuchenkova and Kuznetsova in straight sets.

The Open GDF Suez in Paris was Cornet's next destination. As the home favorite, her fans were greatly upset when she was sent crashing out to Sofia Arvidsson in the first round. Her bad run continued when she lost in the second round of the Monterrey Open to Anastasija Sevastova. But then, her form improved when she headed to Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Open. In the first round of qualifications she defeated Chinese Han Xinyun, followed by another win over Vesna Dolonts. In the first round of the main draw, she had a decisive two-sets victory over former top ten player Patty Schnyder, and backed it up by winning a tough match against 2010 Wimbledon semifinalist Tsvetana Pironkova in three sets, to advance to the third round, where she was sent crashing out of the tournament by 5th seed Francesca Schiavone in two sets.

At the Sony Ericsson Open she fell in the first round to countrywoman Virginie Razzano. After this she played the Family Circle Cup, but again suffered an early elimination in the first round to Sofia Arvidsson for the second time that year. Seeded 8th at the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Cornet was beaten by former world No. 1, Dinara Safina, in the second round. Cornet's disastrous run continued when she lost in the first qualifying rounds of the Mutua Madrid Open and the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. She then defeated Sania Mirza in the first round of the Internationaux de Strasbourg, before falling to Nadia Petrova in three sets in the second. At Roland Garros, she defeated Renata Voráčová in the first round but was then crushed by qualifier Nuria Llagostera Vives in the second.

Cornet began her grass-court season at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, losing in the first round to 16th seed Alla Kudryavtseva. After this she lost in the first round of qualifications at the Aegon International to home favorite Anne Keothavong. Following these losses, she headed to London for the Wimbledon Championships, losing in the first round to Kateryna Bondarenko 5–7, 2–6. Cornet then reached the quarterfinals of an ITF event in Italy, losing to Stefanie Vögele.

Cornet then lost in the first rounds of the Swedish Open and the Gastein Ladies to Caroline Wozniacki and Ksenia Pervak. She then headed to Cincinnati for the Western and Southern Financial Group Women's Open, losing in the first round of qualifying to Sofia Arvidsson.

At the Texas Tennis Open Cornet was defeated by Julia Görges in the first round. Then she proceeded to the US Open, the final Grand Slam of the year, where she saw better results than at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, by getting to the second round, where she lost to Roberta Vinci. Cornet then played two ITF events, reaching the second round of one and the quarterfinals of the other. She then qualified for the Kremlin Cup, but lost in the first round to Svetlana Kuznetsova. Her final tournaments of the year were two ITF events in France, of which she reached one first round and one semifinal.

2012[edit]

Cornet began her 2012 season at the ASB Classic, losing in the first round of qualifications to wildcard Claire Feuerstein. Her next tournament was the Sydney International, where she was eliminated in the final round of qualifying by Chanelle Scheepers in straight sets. She also suffered an early first round loss at the Australian Open to Monica Niculescu. Cornet also played one Fed Cup singles match against Slovakia, losing to former world No. 5 Daniela Hantuchová in straight sets.

Cornet was then awarded a wildcard for the Open GDF Suez in Paris. Being the home favourite, her fans were greatly disappointed when she was knocked out of the tournament in the first round by eventual semifinalist Klára Zakopalová, 3–6, 1–6. Then, at the Monterrey Open, Cornet won her third match of the year against Tetiana Luzhanska, 6–4, 7–6 (7–3) in the first round, but was defeated by second seed Sara Errani, 2–6, 3–6, in the second. She then fell in the first round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel to Alberta Brianti in three sets.

Cornet's poor run continued when she fell during the qualifications of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. She then reached the final of the 100K Bahamas Women's Open, where she lost to Aleksandra Wozniak. After this, she headed to Miami for the Sony Ericsson Open, for which she qualified, but she went out in the first round to Shahar Pe'er. Cornet reached the second round at Stuttgart after defeating Anna Chakvetadze before losing to Maria Sharapova. Cornet then reached the final at the Internationaux de Strasbourg where she lost to Francesca Schiavone. At the French Open, Cornet lost to Zheng Jie in the first round.

Cornet then won the Bad Gastein tournament, her second singles title, defeating Yanina Wickmayer in the final. At Wimbledon, Cornet lost in the second round to eventual quarterfinalist Tamira Paszek. At the London Olympics, Cornet defeated Paszek in the first round before losing to Daniela Hantuchová. At the US Open, Cornet defeated wildcard Nicole Gibbs in the first round. In the following round, she lost to 5th seed Petra Kvitová. She reached the quarterfinals at Guangzhou, losing to Sorana Cîrstea in straight sets. Cornet then entered the Kremlin Cup, defeating Anastasia Rodionova in the first round, only to be beaten by Samantha Stosur in the second round.

2013[edit]

Cornet at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open

Cornet kicked off the 2013 season by playing in the Brisbane International singles tournament. She defeated Australian qualifier Bojana Bobusic in the first round by a score of 2–6, 6–3, 6–1. She drew world No. 3, Serena Williams, in the second round, and was defeated in two sets. The next week, Cornet played in the Moorilla Hobart International, but was beaten in the first round by Chanelle Scheepers. In the first round of the Australian Open, Cornet defeated Marina Erakovic of New Zealand in a marathon match lasting 3 hours and 28 minutes. Cornet drew American Venus Williams in the second round, to whom she lost. She also played in the doubles tournament, partnering with German player Mona Barthel. They were, however, defeated in the first round by Alexandra Panova and Galina Voskoboeva.

Following the Australian Open, Cornet's WTA ranking climbed six places to No. 35. Her next tournament was the Open GDF Suez in Paris, France. Cornet drew the Swedish No. 1, Sofia Arvidsson, in the first round, and defeated her in three sets. However, Cornet lost in the second round to Lucie Šafářová. Cornet did not fare well in doubles either, as she and her partner Kristina Mladenovic were defeated in the first round by 2013 Australian Open doubles champions Errani and Vinci.

Cornet kicked off her clay court season at the Copa Colsanitas tournament in Colombia where she was defeated in the second round defeat, Cornet improved upon this performance in her next tournament, the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, reaching the semifinals before being defeated by eventual champion Sara Errani. Next, she won the Internationaux de Strasbourg, defeating Lucie Hradecká in the final. She entered the French Open playing some of her best tennis of the year, and advanced to the third round before being defeated by 3rd-seeded Victoria Azarenka. On 24 June, she achieved a season-high ranking of No. 31.

At Wimbledon, Cornet advanced to the third round, a personal best for the tournament, but suffered a disappointing defeat by Flavia Pennetta there after winning the first set 6–0 and having match point in the second. During the US Open series, Cornet reached the semifinals at the Citi Open where she lost to Andrea Petkovic. Then, she recorded two consecutive third round appearances at Toronto and Western & Southern Open where she lost to Sara Errani and Magdaléna Rybáriková respectively. At the final Grand Slam event of 2013, the US Open, Cornet was seeded 26th and reached the third, losing to Victoria Azarenka in three sets.

In September, Cornet played in Guangzhou as the 2nd seed. She lost to Yvonne Meusburger in quarterfinals. She then suffered two first round defeats at Tokyo and Beijing in the hands of Sam Stosur and veteran Francesca Schiavone respectively. At the Kremlin Cup, Cornet defeated Elina Svitolina in round 1 before succumbing to Stosur again. Cornet's final tournament of 2013 was the Tournament of Champions held in Sofia. She qualified for the first time as a result of winning the title in Strasbourg earlier and was the 7th seed. However, she lost in round robin stage, managing just one win over Maria Kirilenko via retirement. Her other two losses came in the hands of Simona Halep and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Cornet ended the year at No. 27, her highest since 2008.

2014: Serena Williams' nemesis[edit]

Cornet started the year ranked 26th. She teamed with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win the Hopman Cup for Team France. She lost to Maria Sharapova in the third round at the Australian Open. At the Dubai Duty-Free Championships, in what was the fourth match between them, Alize defeated world No. 1 Serena Williams for the first time to reach the finals. However, also in a 4th match against the American, she lost in straight sets to world No. 44 Venus Williams in the final. After Dubai, Cornet moved three places up the rankings, to No. 23. She defeated Camila Giorgi in April to win the BNP Paribas Katowice Open in Poland, her fourth career title. She defeated Agnieszka Radwańska, the top seed en route to the final.

Cornet then competed at the Mutua Madrid Open where she faced Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first round but lost in three sets. She defeated Kirsten Flipkens in the first round at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia but lost to Ana Ivanovic in the second round. Cornet was the defending champion at the Internationaux de Strasbourg but lost to Camila Giorgi in a tight three-setter in the 1st round. At the second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open, Cornet was seeded 20th, her highest seeding in more than four years. She defeated wildcard Ashleigh Barty easily in round 1. She then faced American wildcard Taylor Townsend but lost in three roller coaster sets. Cornet dropped to the world No. 24 after the French Open.

Alize kicked off her grass-court season by defeating Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski in the first round at the Aegon International in Eastbourne. She then faced 5th seeded Angelique Kerber but lost in three sets after winning the second set 6–1. Cornet was seeded 25th at Wimbledon and defeated WTA rising star Anna Schmiedlova 4–6, 6–4, 6–2 in the first round. In the second round, she defeated Czech Petra Cetkovská. In the third round, she faced Serena Williams and defeated her for the second time in a row. She played in the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time in five years, her first at Wimbledon. Alize lost to 13th seed Eugenie Bouchard in the fourth round.

Cornet was the top seed at the Swedish Open but suffered a shocking defeat to Estonian Anett Kontaveit in the first round. Her clay season saw her accumulating just two wins and five losses. Cornet then participated in Washington, D.C. where she was seeded 3rd. She once again suffered an opening round exit to rising American Shelby Rogers. At the Rogers Cup, Alize defeated American Lauren Davis in the first round. In the second round, she faced the 8th seed Victoria Azarenka and lost in three sets. The following week at Cincinnati, Cornet lost to young American Madison Keys in the first round. She was the 22nd seed at the US Open and defeated fellow countrywoman Amandine Hesse and Daniela Hantuchová in her first two matches before succumbing to Lucie Šafářová.

In September, Cornet travelled to Guangzhou for the Guangzhou International Women's Open. She was seeded 2nd and was the sole seed to advance past the first round. Cornet reached the final after defeating the likes of Yulia Putintseva, former champion Shahar Pe'er, Hsieh Su-wei and Timea Bacsinszky before falling to Monica Niculescu in straight sets. Cornet competed in the Wuhan. She defeated Romina Oprandi in round 1 before recording her third straight over Serena Williams, this time via retirement. Cornet became the first player since Justine Henin in 2007 to defeat Serena three times in a season. She then booked her place in the quarterfinals with a three-set win over Kirsten Flipkens. It was Cornet's first quarterfinal at a Premier-5 event. She then lost in the quarterfinal round to Eugenie Bouchard, the tournament's eventual runner-up.

2015: Out of the top 40 in the year-end WTA singles rankings[edit]

Cornet started her year by playing for France at the Hopman Cup. She won all three of her Group B singles matches, beating Heather Watson of Great Britain 6-2, 6-2; Casey Dellacqua of Australia 4-6, 7-5, 6-1; and Agnieszka Radwańska of Poland 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. Due to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga withdrawing from the Hopman Cup because of an arm injury, Cornet's mixed-doubles partner was Benoît Paire. They beat the Polish team Agnieszka Radwańska/Jerzy Janowicz (4-6 ret.) and the Australian team Casey Dellacqua/Marinko Matosevic (7-6(3), 7-5), but lost to the British team Heather Watson/Andy Murray 4-6, 6-2, 8-10. France did not qualify for the final as they only finished Group B in third position. At the WTA Premier tournament in Sydney, Cornet lost in the first round to 3rd seed Agnieszka Radwańska 3-6, 2-6.

For the whole of 2015, Cornet managed to advance beyond the last 16 of the singles main draw of a WTA Tour tournament only twice; she lost in the singles quarterfinals at the WTA International tournaments in Katowice and Hong Kong.

2016: 5th WTA Tour singles title[edit]

At the Brisbane International in January, Cornet defeated her compatriot Kristina Mladenovic in the first round before falling to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round. She next played in the Hobart International, where she won the singles title by defeating Eugenie Bouchard in the final with a score of 6-1, 6-2.

She next played in the Australian Open, where she defeated Bojana Jovanovski in the first round but then lost to the Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai.

For the rest of 2016, Cornet managed to advance beyond the last 16 of the singles main draw of a WTA tournament only once; she lost to Jelena Janković in the quarterfinals at the WTA International tournament in Hong Kong held in October. She ended the year ranked No. 41 in the world in the singles rankings, two places higher than the previous year.

2017[edit]

Cornet played her first tournament of the year at the Brisbane International. Being unseeded, she defeated No. 7 seed Elena Vesnina and Christina McHale in the first and second round respectively before causing a big upset in the quarterfinals by beating Dominika Cibulková, the No. 2 seed. Garbiñe Muguruza (seeded No. 4) retired after she was trailing Cornet 1-4 in the first set of the semifinal, enabling Cornet to reach the final (her second Premier career final), where she lost to No. 3 seed Karolína Plíšková 0-6, 3-6.

At the Australian Open, Cornet was seeded No. 28. She defeated French wildcard Myrtille Georges in the first round before losing to Maria Sakkari in the second round.

Cornet played in the 2017 Fed Cup World Group quarterfinal tie against Switzerland, in which she lost the first singles match (her only match) to Timea Bacsinszky 5-7, 4-6; France lost the tie 1-4.

On 16 February, Cornet withdrew from the Dubai Tennis Championships because of a torn pectoral muscle.[2]

Cornet lost to Carla Suárez Navarro in the quarterfinals of the Monterrey Open. She suffered early exits in the singles main draw of her next four WTA tournaments in Rabat (first round), Madrid (first round), Rome (second round) and Strasbourg (first round). At the French Open, she upset No. 20 seed Barbora Strýcová in the second round, No. 9 seed Agnieszka Radwańska in the third before losing to No. 28 seed Caroline Garcia in the fourth round. After the French Open, Cornet lost in the singles main-draw first round of the next five tournaments (all of them WTA Tour tournaments) that she entered - Birmingham, Eastbourne, Wimbledon, Stanford and Toronto. She ended her five-singles match losing streak when she defeated Catherine Bellis in the first round of the Premier-5 tournament in Cincinnati before losing to No. 11 seed and world No. 11 Dominika Cibulková in the second round.[3]

In the second half of September, Cornet reached consecutively the singles quarterfinals of two WTA events - Guangzhou and Wuhan. At the Premier-5 tournament in Wuhan, she upset No. 6 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round before falling to the Greek qualifier Maria Sakkari in the quarterfinals; that was just Cornet's third singles quarterfinal appearance in a Premier Mandatory or Premier-5 tournament.[4] In early October, the unseeded Cornet knocked out No. 10 seed Angelique Kerber in the second round of the Premier Mandatory China Open before losing to her compatriot Caroline Garcia in the third round. In her last WTA Tour tournament of 2017 in Moscow, Cornet defeated No. 8 seed Magdaléna Rybáriková in the second round before losing to Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the quarterfinals 6-4, 5-7, 3-6 in a three-hour match, meaning that Cornet advanced beyond the singles quarterfinals of a WTA tournament only once (in Brisbane) in 2017.[5]

2018[edit]

On 11 January 2018, Cornet was charged by the ITF with missing three out-of-competition drugs tests that were to be conducted between November 2016 and October 2017. Under WADA rules, Cornet could face a suspension of up to two years.[6][7] The case would be heard on 1 May 2018 in London.[8] She would be allowed to play WTA and ITF tournaments until then, but if found guilty all prize money and rankings points accumulated during a certain period in 2017 would be forfeited.[9]The French Tennis Federation stated that they would not select Cornet for the upcoming Fed Cup team tie against Belgium in February 2018, to allow her time to "prepare her defence" in front of an independent tribunal set up by WADA.[10]

On 15 May, the ITF announced that the independent tribunal set up by WADA had cleared Cornet of the charge of missing the three out-of-competition drugs tests that were to be conducted between November 2016 and October 2017 because the Doping Control Officer (DCO) did not satisfy all of the requirements of article I.4.3 of the International Standard for Testing and Investigations in relation to the third missed drugs test. Specifically, the DCO did not do “what was reasonable in the circumstances (i.e. given the nature of the specified location) to try to locate Cornet, short of giving her any advance notice of the test”. For that reason, the third missed drugs test declared against Cornet no longer stood.[11][12]

Apparel and equipment[edit]

Cornet wears Lotto clothing and shoes, and uses Babolat racquets.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 11 (5 titles, 6 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–1)
Tier II / Premier (0–2)
Tier III, IV & V / International (5–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 2 March 2008 Mexican Open, Acapulco Clay Italy Flavia Pennetta 0–6, 6–4, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 18 May 2008 Italian Open, Rome Clay Serbia Jelena Janković 2–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 13 July 2008 Budapest Grand Prix Clay Slovenia Andreja Klepač 7–6(7–5), 6–3
Runner-up 3. 26 May 2012 Internationaux de Strasbourg Clay Italy Francesca Schiavone 4–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 17 June 2012 Gastein Ladies, Bad Gastein Clay Belgium Yanina Wickmayer 7–5, 7–6(7–1)
Winner 3. 25 May 2013 Internationaux de Strasbourg Clay Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká 7–6(7–4), 6–0
Runner-up 4. 22 February 2014 Dubai Tennis Championships Hard United States Venus Williams 3–6, 0–6
Winner 4. 13 April 2014 Katowice Open Hard (i) Italy Camila Giorgi 7–6(7–3), 5–7, 7–5
Runner-up 5. 20 September 2014 Guangzhou International Women's Open Hard Romania Monica Niculescu 4–6, 0–6
Winner 5 16 January 2016 Hobart International Hard Canada Eugenie Bouchard 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 7 January 2017 Brisbane International Hard Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková 0–6, 3–6

Doubles: 6 (3 titles, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–1)
Tier III, IV & V / International (3–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 13 July 2008 Budapest Grand Prix Clay Slovakia Janette Husárová Romania Ioana Raluca Olaru
Germany Vanessa Henke
6–7(5–7), 6–1, [10–6]
Winner 2. 22 May 2010 Internationaux de Strasbourg Clay United States Vania King Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
3–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Runner-up 1. 27 August 2011 Texas Tennis Open, Dallas Hard France Pauline Parmentier Italy Alberta Brianti
Romania Sorana Cîrstea
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 20 September 2014 Guangzhou International Women's Open Hard Poland Magda Linette Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
China Liang Chen
6–2, 6–7(3–7), [7–10]
Winner 3. 18 October 2015 Hong Kong Tennis Open Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova Spain Lara Arruabarrena
Slovenia Andreja Klepač
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 6 August 2017 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford Hard Poland Alicja Rosolska United States Abigail Spears
United States Coco Vandeweghe
2–6, 3–6

Team competition: 1 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Team competition Surface Partner/Team Opponents Score
Winner 1. 4 January 2014 Hopman Cup, Perth Hard France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Poland Grzegorz Panfil
2–1
Runner–up 1. 12–13 November 2016 Fed Cup, Strasbourg Hard (i) France Caroline Garcia
France Kristina Mladenovic
France Pauline Parmentier
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
2–3

Performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Singles[edit]

Only main-draw appearances and matches in the WTA Tour are included in the SR, Win–Loss and WTA Tour tournaments played records.

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R 2R 4R 1R 3R 1R 2R 3R 3R 2R 2R 3R 0 / 13 15–13
French Open 2R 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R 2R 1R 3R 2R 4R 3R 4R 2R 0 / 14 18–14
Wimbledon A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R 4R 2R 3R 1R 0 / 11 10–11
US Open A A 3R 3R 2R 1R 2R 2R 3R 3R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 11 12–11
Win–Loss 1–1 1–2 3–4 5–4 5–4 0–4 4–4 2–4 7–4 8–4 6–4 5–4 5–4 3–2 0 / 49 55–49
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A A A 2R 1R 3R Q2 2R 4R 3R A 1R 0 / 7 6–7
Miami Open A A A 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R 4R 3R 3R 2R 1R 2R 0 / 11 8–11
Madrid Open Not Held 1R 1R Q1 A 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 8 3–8
China Open Tier II 2R A A 1R 1R 3R 1R 3R 3R 0 / 7 7–7
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai Championships Tier II 3R A A NP5 3R NP5 A NP5 0 / 2 4–2
Qatar Open Tier II A Not Held A A A NP5 A NP5 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Italian Open A A A F 2R A Q1 A 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R A 0 / 7 8–7
Canadian Open A A A A 1R Q3 A A 3R 2R 3R 1R 1R 0 / 6 5–6
Cincinnati Open Tier III 1R A Q1 A 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 0 / 6 3–6
Pan Pacific Open A A A 2R 1R A A 1R 1R NP5 0 / 4 1–4
Wuhan Open Not Held QF 1R 1R QF 0 / 4 6–4
Career Statistics 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 No.
Tournaments played 1 2 9 23 24 20 17 21 27 23 27 23 23
Titles 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 5
Finals 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 1 1 11
Overall Win–Loss 1–1 1–2 8–9 35–22 20–24 17–20 10–17 22–20 35–27 36–22 23–27 22–22 25–23 255–236
Year-end ranking 308 189 57 16 50 78 89 44 27 20 43 41 38

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Australian Open A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 2R 1R 4–11
French Open 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 4–13
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R A 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 3–10
US Open A A 1R 1R 1R A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1–9
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 1–4 1–4 1–3 0–3 0–4 2–4 3–4 1–4 2–4 1-4 0-3 12–43

Wins over top-10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
2008
1. Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova No. 5 Italian Open, Rome Clay 3rd Round 6–2, 6–4
2. Russia Anna Chakvetadze No. 8 Italian Open, Rome Clay Semifinals 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
2014
3. Romania Simona Halep No. 9 Dubai Tennis Championships Hard 1st Round 6–1, 1–1 ret.
4. United States Serena Williams No. 1 Dubai Tennis Championships Hard Semifinals 6–4, 6–4
5. Poland Agnieszka Radwańska No. 3 Katowice Open Hard (i) Semifinals 0–6, 6–2, 6–4
6. United States Serena Williams No. 1 Wimbledon, London Grass 3rd Round 1–6, 6–3, 6–4
7. United States Serena Williams No. 1 Wuhan Open Hard 2nd Round 5–6 ret.
2015
8. Romania Simona Halep No. 2 Madrid Open Clay 1st Round 7–6(8–6), 6–3
9. Spain Carla Suárez Navarro No. 10 Rogers Cup, Toronto Hard 1st Round 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 6–4
2016
10. Slovakia Dominika Cibulková No. 8 China Open, Beijing Hard 2nd Round 6–2, 5–7, 6–2
2017
11. Slovakia Dominika Cibulková No. 5 Brisbane International Hard Quarterfinals 6–3, 7–5
12. Spain Garbiñe Muguruza No. 7 Brisbane International Hard Semifinals 4–1 ret.
13. Poland Agnieszka Radwańska No. 10 French Open, Paris Clay 3rd Round 6–2, 6–1
14. Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova No. 8 Wuhan Open Hard 2nd Round 6–3, 6–3
2018
15. France Caroline Garcia No. 8 Brisbane International Hard 1st Round 3–6, 6–3, ret.
16. France Caroline Garcia No. 7 Volvo Car Open, Charleston Hard 3rd Round 5–7, 6–1, 6–4

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