WOW! Alize Cornet Saves a Match Point and Defeats Garbine Muguruza at WTA Berlin 2021

Published 06/18/2021, 10:41 AM EDT
Tennis – WTA 500 – bett1 Open – Rot-Weiss Tennis Club, Berlin, Germany – June 17, 2021 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza reacts during her round of 16 match against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina REUTERS/Annegret Hilse


Alize Cornet saved a match point and later won against Former World No.1 Garbine Muguruza in the quarterfinals of WTA Berlin 2021. Muguruza put in a valiant fight by saving four of the five match points but faltered at the end.

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Strong first set from Garbine Muguruza

Muguruza was broken in the first service game itself. But she broke Cornet back in the next game to level the set 1-1. Then there were decent rallies. However, Muguruza was coming into the match. At 2-2, she broke Cornet and led 3-2. Later she extended her advantage to 4-2.

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Alize Cornet had a minor blip, but she stayed closer to Garbine Muguruza. The set went on to 5-4 as Muguruza served for the set. And the Spaniard didn’t hesitate and took the first set 6-4, as both the players were almost equal in unforced errors and winners.

Garbine Muguruza’s suffers injury as Alize Cornet makes a comeback

At the start of the second set, Muguruza was visibly struggling. She lost her serve early on and stared at a 3-0 lead as Cornet increased her intensity. Muguruza then took a small break to treat her blisters as she looked to make a comeback. With the treatment, Muguruza looked focused, but couldn’t penetrate Cornet’s serve.

From 3-0, Muguruza tried her best to make a comeback. She slowly cut the deficit on her serve, 4-2. But Cornet was hardly pressured as she raced to a 5-2 lead. Later at 5-3, Cornet served for the second set and restored parity in the match, 6-3.

Alize Cornet saves a match point and takes the thriller third set

After the second set, Muguruza took an off-court medical timeout to treat a hamstring injury. But as the set started, Muguruza looked fine and comfortable. Both the players opened with a clean serve, 1-1. No one was playing risky tennis as break points were hard to find. The set reached a cagey spot at 3-3.

Muguruza seemed to have an injury, but hung on with Cornet. The Spaniard’s movement was hampered, but she toiled. At 5-4, Muguruza took charge and hence saw a match point. However, Cornet saved it on her serve and extended the set. Later at 6-5, Cornet again was bothered by Muguruza. But the French player saved her serve to force a tiebreaker.

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In the tiebreaker, Muguruza had multiple howlers and lost points quickly. Cornet took a 4-0 lead initially and extended that to 6-1 and saw five match points. However, Muguruza made a late comeback and saved four match points to bring the tiebreaker back to serve. However, on her serve Muguruza was not efficient and lost the tiebreaker, 7-5, and the set, 7-6.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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