Alize Cornet shocks Serena Williams to reach last 16 at Wimbledon

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Alize Cornet


Day 6 of Wimbledon saw rain delay play on all but Centre Court with its roof closed. The second match was between 5th seeded Maria Sharapova and 44th ranked American, Alison Riske. The Russian made a slow start while Riske was serving and hitting the ball well from the off. She led 2-0 and 3-1, but from then on Sharapova took control and the next eleven games to close out a 6-3 6-0 victory.

When the rain stopped play resumed on the outside courts. Top seeded Serena Williams took to Court 1 to play against 25th seeded Alize Cornet. Williams and Cornet both dropped their opening games. Williams was already in high pitched mode and battled to deuce in the 3rd game before rain stopped play. After four hours, the game resumed and Williams was a different player. She held and easily reeled off the next five games for a 6-1 set. Cornet started the 2nd set and also reeled off five games in a row before a very frustrated Williams held to get on the scoreboard. She also took the next two games before Cornet managed to take the next three games as Williams made error after error, for a 6-3 set. The decider started with a very long game which Williams eventually won and games went with serve until Cornet broke in the vital 6th game and then held for a 5-2 lead. Williams tried every trick in the book to unsettle her opponent and held her serve and broke to trail 3-5, but Cornet held for a remarkable 6-4 set and yet another sensational upset after Na Li’s departure yesterday.

Elsewhere around the outside courts, 13th seeded Eugenie Bouchard got the better of 20th seeded Andrea Petkovic, 3rd seeded Simona Halep ended Belinda Bencic’s run 6-4 6-3, 9th seeded Angelique Kerber beat 24th seeded Kirsten Flipkens and Zarina Diyas stopped Vera Zvonareva’s comeback with a 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-3 win before rain again stopped play.

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