Alizé Cornet (French pronunciation: [a.li.ze]) (born 22 January 1990) is a French professional tennis player and the current French number two (Behind Marion Bartoli). She was born in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, and has a career-high ranking of No. 11, achieved on 16 February 2009. Cornet also has an extensive juniors record, winning the 2007 Girls' Singles at Roland Garros.She has won three WTA titles in singles, and two in doubles.
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 6–4, 6–3. Cornet was defeated in the Wimbledon 2007 qualifying event by Olga Govortsova 7–6, 3–6, 6–4, but made it to the main draw as a lucky loser when Li Na of China withdrew. Cornet reached the second round before being defeated by the experienced Ai Sugiyama 4–6, 6–0, 6–3. Also in 2007, she won a $50000 ITF tournament in Dnipropetrovsk, beating Stefanie Vögele 6–4, 6–3 in the final. In the 2007 US Open, Cornet lost to Jelena Janković in the 3rd round 4–6 6–2 6–3.
Cornet reached 2nd round at Australian Open where she lost to ninth 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 semi-finals in Amelia Island and Charleston (a Tier I event). Cornet entered the 2008 Rome Masters and beat Vera Dushevina 6–1, 6–3 in the first round, Francesca Schiavone 6–3, 6–2 in the second, world number 3 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–2, 6–4 in the third, and then received a walkover from an injured Serena Williamsto get into the semi-finals. Here she defeated Anna Chakvetadze 3–6, 6–4, 6–3, to reach her first Tier I final. However here she lost to Jelena Janković 6–2, 6–2.
Due to her great run at Rome, she rose to number 20 in the world and was seeded 19th for her home Slam, the French Open. She defeated Julia Vakulenko in the first round 6–4, 7–5 after a stylish display. She then beat clay specialist Gisela Dulko 6–0, 4–6, 6–4 in the second round. However she lost to 14th seed Agnieszka Radwańska 6–4, 6–4 in the third round.
She won her first WTA title at Budapest. She was seeded 2nd and received a bye into the second round. Here she defeated Magdaléna Rybáriková 6–2, 6–2, and followed it up with a 6–2, 6–3 win over Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the quarters. Then in the semis she defeated Gréta Arn 6–1, 6–1, to make her third final of the year. Then she won it 7–6, 6–3 over 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 2–6, 6–2, 3–2.
She then competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, seeded 15th. She defeated Nicole Vaidišová 4–6, 6–1, 6–4 in the first round, Shuai Peng 6–2, 6–2, in the second, before falling to Serena Williams 3–6, 6–3, 6–4. In New Haven, she was seeded 7th and again beat Nicole Vaidišová in the first round 6–3, 7–6. She followed it up by beating Katarina Srebotnik 7–6, 4–6, 6–2, and a win over second seeded Daniela Hantuchová 3–6, 6–4, 6–4 in the quarters. However she lost in the semis to eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki 7–5, 6–4.
As of 8 September her record for the year stands at 33–18.
Cornet played at the Hopman Cup, and placed third in her group, partnering Gilles Simon. She defeated Su-Wei Hsieh 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 6–3, 6–4. 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 Dinara Safina, but was eventually ousted 2–6, 6–2, 5–7. 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 quarter-finals, 7–5, 4–6, 4–6.
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 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 6–3, 5–7, 3–6, which Cornet had a 5–4 lead and serve for closing the match in the second set.
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 toAlona Bondarenko in Hobart 6–4, 3–6, 6–2. At the Australian Open, she again lost to Schiavone in the opening round 0–6, 7–5, 6–0. 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, 7–5, 6–3 in the first round. Cornet reached her first semifinal of the season in Fes, Morocco, losing to Iveta Benešová 6–3, 4–6, 7–5. 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 6–3, 4–6, 6–3. 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 at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, playing doubles with Vania King. Cornet would lose to King in singles 6–3, 6–2. 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, 7–5, 5–7, 6–3.
She then played in clay in the 2010 GDF Suez Grand Prix upsetting Timea Bacsinszky before losing to eventual champion Ágnes Szávay in the quarters 6–3, 6–1. At the 2010 ECM 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.
Cornet's first tournament was the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. 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 twenty sixth 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 6–2 7–6 in the first round. Her bad run continued when she lost in the second round of the Monterrey Open to Anastasija Sevastova 2–6 6–2 6–4. 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 Xinyun Han 6–3 6–1, followed by another win over Vesna Dolonts 6–3 4–6 6–0. In the first round of the main draw, she had a decisive victory 6–1 6–4 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, 7–5 3–6 6–2 to advance to the third round, where she was unfortunately sent crashing out of the tournament by fifth seed Francesca Schiavone 6–2 6–3.
At the Sony Ericsson Open she fell in the first round to countrywoman Virginie Razzano 6–3 6–1. After this she played the Family Circle Cup, but again suffered an early elimination in the first round to Sofia Arvidsson 6–4 2–6 6–3 for the second time that year. Seeded eighth at the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Cornet was beaten by former world number one Dinara Safina 6–1 6–3 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 6–4 4–6 6–1, before falling to Nadia Petrova 2–6 6–2 6–2 in the second. At Roland Garros, she defeated Renata Voráčová 6–4 6–2 in the first round but was then crushed by qualifier Nuria Llagostera Vives 6–0 6–2 in the second.
Cornet began her grass court season at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, losing in the first round to sixteenth seed Alla Kudryavtseva 7–6 6–1. After this she lost in the first round of qualifications at the Aegon International to home favorite Anne Keothavong 6–4 6–2. Following these losses she headed to London for the Wimbledon Championships, losing in the first round to Kateryna Bondarenko 7–5 6–2. Cornet then reached the Quarterfinals of an ITF event in Italy, losing to Stefanie Vögele 6–3 6–1.
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 6–1 6–3.
At the Texas Tennis Open Cornet was defeated by Julia Görges 0–6 6–4 6–0 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 6–2 6–3. Cornet the 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 6–3 6–3. Her final tournaments of the year were two ITF events in France, of which she reached one first round and one semifinal.
Cornet began her 2012 season at the ASB Classic, losing in the first round of qualifications to wildcard Claire Feuerstein, 1–6, 4–6. Her next tournament was the Apia International Sydney, 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. Alizé also played one Fed Cup singles match against Slovakia, losing to former world no. 5 Daniela Hantuchová, 3–6, 4–6.
Alizé 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, Alizé 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 Presentado Por HSBC to Alberta Brianti in three sets.
Cornet's disastrous run continued when she fell during the qualifications of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. She then reached the final of the 100K ITF The Bahamas Women's Open, where she lost to Aleksandra Wozniak, 4–6, 5–7. After this, she headed to Miami for the Sony Ericsson Open, for which she qualified, but she fell in the first round to Shahar Pe'er, 4–6, 2–6.
Cornet then won the Gastein Ladies' tournament, her second singles title, defeating Yanina Wickmayer in the final. Cornet then entered the Kremlin Cup, defeating Anastasia Rodionova 6–4, 6–3 in the 1st Round, only to be beaten bySam Stosur 6–7, 5–7 in the 2nd.
Cornet kicked off the 2013 season by playing in the Brisbane International Singles Tournament. She defeated Australian qualifier Bojana Bobusic in the 1st Round by a score of 2–6 6–3 6–1. She drew World No.3 Serena Williams in the 2nd round, and was defeated by a score of 2–6 2–6. The next week, Cornet played in the Moorilla Hobart International, but suffered a 1st Round defeat to Chanelle Scheepers, 1–6 2–6. In the 1st Round of the Australian Open, Cornet defeated Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 7–5, 6–7, 10–8 in a marathon match lasting 3 hours 28 minutes. Cornet drew American Venus Williams in the 2nd Round, to whom she lost 6–3 6–3. Cornet also played in the doubles tournament, partnering with German player Mona Barthel. They were, however, defeated in the 1st Round by Alexandra Panova and Galina Voskoboeva, 6–7 6–4 5–7.
Following the Australian Open, Cornet's WTA ranking climbed 6 places allowing her to achieve her season high rank of No. 35. Her next tournament was the Open GDF Suez in Paris, France. Cornet drew the Swedish No.1 Sofia Arvidsson in the 1st Round, and defeated her in 3 sets, 6–3 4–6 6–0. However, Cornet lost in the 2nd Round to Lucie Šafářová 2–6 6–4 2–6. Cornet did not fare well in doubles either, as she and her partner Kristina Mladenovic were defeated in the 1st Round by 2013 Australian Open doubles champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
Cornet kicked off her clay court season at the Copa Colsanitas tournament in Colombia with a 6–2 7–6 win over 18-year old Elina Svitolina in the 1st Round. Cornet also partnered with Pauline Parmentier for the doubles competition. After a second round defeat, Cornet went on to play her best WTA tournament of the year, the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, reaching the semifinals by defeating Lourdes Domínguez Lino of Spain 3–6, 7–6, 7–6 in the quarterfinals. However, her run was ended when she was defeated by eventual champion Sara Errani.
|Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)|
|WTA Tour Championships (0–0)|
|Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–1)|
|Tier II / Premier (0–0)|
|Tier III, IV & V / International (3–2)|
|Runner-up||1.||2 March 2008||Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||||6–0, 4–6, 6–1|
|Runner-up||2.||18 May 2008||Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy||Clay||||6–2, 6–2|
|Winner||1.||13 July 2008||Budapest Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary||Clay||||7–6(7–5), 6–3|
|Runner-up||3.||26 May 2012||Internationaux de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France||Clay||||4–6, 4–6|
|Winner||2.||17 June 2012||Gastein Ladies, Bad Gastein, Austria||Clay||||7–5, 7–6(7–1)|
|Winner||3.||25 May 2013||Internationaux de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France||Clay||||7–6(7–4), 6–0|
|Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)|
|WTA Tour Championships (0–0)|
|Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)|
|Tier II / Premier (0–0)|
|Tier III, IV & V / International (2–1)|
|Winner||1.||13 July 2008||Budapest Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary||Clay||||||7–6(7–5), 1–6, [6–10]|
|Winner||2.||22 May 2010||Internationaux de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France||Clay||||||3–6, 6–4, [10–7]|
|Runner-up||1.||27 August 2011||Texas Tennis Open, Dallas, United States||Hard||||||5–7, 3–6|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||1R||1R||2R||4R||1R||3R||1R||2R||0 / 8||7–8|
|French Open||2R||2R||1R||3R||2R||1R||2R||1R||3R||0 / 9||8–9|
|Wimbledon||A||A||2R||1R||1R||1R||1R||2R||0 / 6||2–6|
|US Open||A||A||3R||3R||2R||1R||2R||2R||0 / 6||7–6|
|Overall Win–Loss||1–1||1–2||3–4||5–4||5–4||0–4||4–4||2–4||3–2||0 / 29||24–29|
|WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments|
|Indian Wells||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||3R||Q2||2R||0 / 4||3–4|
|Miami||A||A||A||1R||3R||2R||1R||1R||4R||0 / 6||4–6|
|Madrid||Not Held||1R||1R||Q1||A||0 / 2||0–2|
|Beijing||Tier II||2R||A||A||1R||0 / 2||1–2|
|WTA Premier 5 Tournaments|
|Dubai||Tier II||3R||A||A||Premier||0 / 1||2–1|
|Doha||Tier II||A||Not Held||P||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Rome||A||A||A||F||2R||A||Q1||A||0 / 2||6–2|
|Montréal / Toronto||A||A||A||A||1R||Q3||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Cincinnati||Tier III||1R||A||Q1||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Tokyo||A||A||A||2R||1R||A||A||1R||0 / 3||1–3|
|Year End Ranking||308||189||57||16||50||78||89||44|
|Grand Slam tournaments|