Alize Cornet may not have been able to win her first WTA Premier title on Sunday, but she certainly managed to capture the imagination of the Dubai crowd throughout the week with her remarkable performances. Following her surprisingly quick victory over Doha champion Simona Halep, who retired due to an achilles injury, Cornet proceeded to defeat Kirsten Flipkens, Carla Suarez Navarro and world No. 1 Serena Williams to arrive at finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The victory over Serena was particularly impressive, considering Cornet was 0-17 against Top 4 competition heading into the semi-finals. She dazzled the spectators in attendance with her extraordinary angle shots, and her relentless attack to eventually pick up the biggest win of her career, in the form of a straight sets victory over the world No. 1.
Sadly, Cornet was unable to carry forth the momentum, as Serena’s older sister, Venus, was in top form and ready to regain the title she had won on two previous occasions. Williams stormed past Cornet 6-3, 6-0 winning the last seven consecutive games in the process.
“It was a great week for me – it’s always tough to finish like this, and I believed in my chances today, but I think there’s a lot to be happy about, and I’m very motivated for the rest of the season.” Cornet said after the match.
“First of all, I think Alizé is playing great,” Williams said. “I think if she continues to play like that, she’s going to play deep in a lot of tournaments and keep improving. It’s great to see that, because she’s a great addition to the game. She brings so much passion on the court, so it’s great to see her playing well. I mean, I was fully expecting to play Serena, so for her to get that win was awesome.”