The top French female on the tour will look to complete a strong fortnight in Paris and represent her country proudly. Alize Cornet will begin her week against talented Italian Roberta Vinci, whom she has faced on four previous occasions on the professional tour. Unfortunately for her, she is yet to earn her first win against Vinci, as the Italian holds a 4-0 head-to-head series record against her.
Alize Cornet began her clay court season in Prague, where she reached the second round of the tournament. She followed up with another second round performance in Madrid, an opening round loss in Rome, and most recently, a second round exit in Strasbourg.
“Now I’m quite certain it could have been better, but could have been worse. I feel good, pretty good. I feel good in my head. I want to play. I want to play before this crowd. That can give so much to French players when they feel like it. So I hope we have a good relationship together this year.
Unlike Cornet, Roberta Vinci played her best tennis this season so far on clay. She did suffer an opening round loss in Rome to Heather Watson, but she also managed to reach the final of Nuremberg last week, where she lost to Karin Knapp.
“I saw the draw first round, so I felt, Well, maybe this is the best opportunity for me to take my revenge,” Cornet said of her upcoming opponent. “I thought, Okay, I never manage to beat her. She’s always a problem. She plays very specific tennis. You know, no round is ever easy, but Roberta is 45th in the year, close to be a top seed. Of course this is probably not the first round I would have dreamed of. But once again, this is probably the best opportunity for me to take my revenge.”
This is set to be the fifth time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour and will certainly be an obstacle for Cornet to overcome. Vinci holds a 4-0 head-to-head record against Cornet and will certainly be the favourite, even though Cornet is playing on home soil in front of a passionate crowd.
Prediction: Roberta Vinci in Three Sets