No French player will play in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon tennis tournament in singles. Alizé Cornet and Harmony Tan were eliminated in the round of 16 on Monday July 4 in the early evening, the day after their compatriot Caroline Garcia, swept away by Marie Bouzkova (7-5, 6-2). The last hopes of seeing a Habs win the London Grand Slam for the first time since Marion Bartoli, titleholder in 2013, were gone in just a few minutes.
Her parallel participation in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles tournaments, which occupied her for more than two hours on Sunday July 3, undoubtedly made her draw on her resources. The results are still positive for the quarter-finalist of the last Australian Open in January 2022, who had not passed the third round at Wimbledon since 2014. Cornet leaves, in fact, London, let go by her physique (6-4, 4-6, 3-6). Very diminished in the third set, the 32-year-old athlete, both thighs strapped, recovered from 5-1 to 5-3, before giving up his arms definitively.
His parallel participation in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles tournaments, which occupied him for more than two hours on Sunday, undoubtedly made him draw on his resources. The results are still positive for the quarter-finalist of the last Australian Open in January 2022, who had not gone beyond the third round at Wimbledon since 2014. Alizé Cornet leaves London with a success of prestige against the world number 1 Iga Swiatek (6-4, 6-2), beaten, Saturday July 2, while the Pole remained on a series of 37 meetings without defeat.
“I don’t ask myself any more questions than that, rejoiced Alizé Cornet at the microphone of BeIN Sports, Sunday July 3. I’m here to play, have fun, put the intensity and have fun. I think keeping things simple mentally is the key to everything. I finally get there at 32, so it’s never too late (smile). I’m happy to have my best Grand Slam season this year. »
Tan outclassed by Anisimova
Entering the court almost an hour after Cornet, Harmony Tan could not long hope to reach the quarter-finals. Dominated from the start of the match by the American Amanda Anisimova, much more powerful in the exchange (25 winning shots), the 115th in the world lost quite widely (6-2, 6-3). A very different scenario from her first three rounds, during which the 24-year-old Frenchwoman had easily disposed of former world number 1 Serena Williams (7-5, 1-6, 7-6), then the Spaniard Sara Sorribes Torno (6-3, 6-4) and Briton Katie Boulter (6-1, 6-1).
This round of 16 remains the best performance of Tan’s young career, who had never made it past the second round of a Grand Slam tournament until then. “Being in the second week of a Grand Slam was one of the objectives of the year”, confided in L’Equipe, Monday July 4, his co-trainer, Nathalie Tauziat. “Finish in the 100 too, but I think it belongs in the 50 [world premieres]. “A major challenge for the coming months, which will include the US Open (August 29 to September 11), the last Grand Slam tournament of the season.