Crafty Cornet rolls reigning champ Raducanu

LAST year’s US Open winner, Emma Raducanu is out of the 2022 edition after falling to Frenchwoman Alize Cornet in straight sets on day two of action. Cornet won with a few extra breaks to serve to advance through to the second round 6-3 6-3 in an hour and 42 minutes on Louis Armstrong Stadium. Having been a qualifier 12 months ago, Raducanu came in as reigning champion and 11th seed, but the 32-year-old Frenchwoman proved too consistent, securing the straight sets victory.

Cornet is certainly no slouch and the former 11th ranked player is once again closing in on a top 30 spot. She holds the record for the most consecutive Grand Slam main draw appearances in Open Era history with 63, with her longest individual tournament run coming in January when she reached the quarter finals of the Australian Open. Cornet said she was pleased with the way she played against the reigning champion and her composure under pressure.

“My game at the net was pretty good,” Cornet said post-match. “I did a lot of variation – I think that’s what worked tonight. “I think I’m handling my emotions better. “I guess I’m getting old – more mature. “It shows in my results. I’m 32 – better late than never.”

In the win over Raducanu, Cornet broke seven times and hit an identical amount of winners to her unforced errors (22), while her young opponent hit 15 winners for 31 unforced errors. There was still plenty to work on from the Frenchwoman’s perspective, producing nine unforced errors for only one ace, and winning 38 per cent of her second serve points. But breaking seven times from 10 chances and winning 88 per cent (14 of 16) of her net points, Cornet looked comfortable out there. She will take on Czech, Katerina Sinakova in the Round of 64.

In other results, all the major seeds advanced with Iga Swiatek, Paula Badosa, Aryna Sabalenka and Jessica Pegula all stamped tickets into the second round, while ninth seed Garbine Muguruza and 13th seed Belinda Bencic were other title contenders through to the Round of 64. Rising Chinese talent Qinwen Zheng took out 16th seed Jelena Ostapenko in three sets, while it was a mixed bag for the Kazakh fans. Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina fell to Clare Burel, while Yulia Putintseva defeated a sore Amanda Anisimova.


[1] Iga Swiatek (POL) defeated Jasmine Paolini (ITA) 6-3 6-0
[4] Paula Badosa (ESP) defeated Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 3-6 7-6 6-3
[6] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) defeated Catherine Harrison (USA) 6-1 6-3
[8] Jessica Pegula (USA) defeated Viktorija Golubic (SUI) 6-2 6-2
[9] Garbine Muguruza (ESP) defeated Clara Tauson (DEN) 6-3 7-6
Alize Cornet (FRA) defeated [11] Emma Raducanu (GBR) 6-3 6-3
[13] Belinda Bencic (SUI) defeated Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-2 4-6 6-4
Qinwen Zheng (CHN) defeated [16] Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 6-3 3-6 6-4
[19] Danielle Collins (USA) defeated Naomi Osaka (JPN)7-6 6-3
[21] Petra Kvitova (CZE) defeated Erika Andreeva (RUS) 7-6 6-0
[22] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) defeated Magda Linette (POL) 6-2 4-6 7-6
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) defeated [24] Amanda Anisimova (USA) 6-3 6-3
Clara Burel (FRA) defeated [25] Elena Rybakina (KAZ) 6-4 6-4
[26] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) defeated Ashlyn Krueger (USA) 6-1 4-6 6-2
[28] Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) leads Payton Stearns (USA) 6-3 4-6 4-3 SUSP
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) defeated [32] Elise Mertens (BEL) 3-6 6-2 6-3
Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) defeated Venus Williams (USA) 6-1 7-6
Sloane Stephens (USA) defeated Greet Minnen (BEL) 1-6 6-3 6-3
Jule Niemeier (GER) defeated Sofia Kenin (USA) 7-6 6-4
Marta Kostyuk (UKR) defeated Mayar Sherif (EGY) 7-6 6-4
Cristina Bucsa (ESP) defeated Kaja Juvan (SLO) 6-4 6-4
Marie Bouzkova (CZE) defeated Linda Noskova (CZE) 6-2 6-7 6-2
Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE) defeated Xinyu Wang (CHN) 6-3 6-4
Yue Yuan (CHN) defeated Jaimee Fourlis (AUS) 6-3 6-2
Lauren Davis (USA) defeated Lucia Bronzetti (ITA) 4-6 7-6 5-4 RET
Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) defeated Bernarda Pera (USA) 6-4 6-4
Katerina Siniakova (CZE) defeated Taylor Townsend (USA) 6-4 4-6 6-2
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) defeated Laura Siegemund (GER) 6-4 6-4
Anastasia Potapova (RUS) defeated Claire Liu (USA) 6-1 6-4
Kaia Kanepi (EST) defeated Tereza Martincova (CZE) 7-6 6-3
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) defeated Elisabetta Cocciaretto (ITA) 6-2 6-4
Petra Martic (CRO) defeated Varvara Gracheva (RUS) 6-4 7-6

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