Alizé Cornet, Who Stunned Defending Champion Emma Raducanu at US Open, Makes It Clear That Retirement Is Not on Her Mind: ‘Will Feel It in My Heart’

Published 08/31/2022, 9:30 AM EDT

Alizé Cornet has been dealing with constant bugging for not keeping true to a statement she made. The French tennis professional earlier shared that she is thinking of taking a retirement from the sport. But the analysis phase got skipped and her retirement got sealed by the media.

Many believe that considering Cornet’s form and presence on the court, questions based on her retirement don’t hold any value. Even so, holding onto her last year’s light-hearted confession, the press again bombarded her with retirement queries.

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Alizé Cornet about her retirement plans

While speaking to the press after securing an opening round victory, Cornet stumbled upon the question of her retirement. The reporter pointed out how she keeps on extending her career tournament by tournament after declaring 2021 as her last year.

To which she replied, “Who knows? I never said that I would stop for sure. I said I let the door open. Then the media were like, It’s her last year. I was like, Oh, man, I’m not going to justify myself. I will feel it in my heart when it’s time.”

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 24, 2022 France’s Alize Cornet in action during her fourth round match against Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Morgan Sette

Cornet, following her statement of marking an end to her career in 2021, altered it to the French Open of this season. However, she is still participating in events with no signs of stopping. To this, her response was, “After I played Roland Garros I knew for sure I couldn’t end on this Roland Garros. It was not an option for me to stop, not to play another Roland Garros. That’s why it’s in my mind right now. I’m going to push it till Roland Garros for sure next year, then let’s see what’s happening.”

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 24, 2022 France’s Alize Cornet and Romania’s Simona Halep after their fourth round match REUTERS/Morgan Sette

The former World No.11 on Wednesday thrashed the defending champion Emma Raducanu to advance in the tournament. She got the better of the British no.1 in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 in the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

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Cornet’s next opponent

The 2022 Australian Open quarterfinalist will lock horns with Kateřina Siniaková, the former doubles World No.1 and five times Grand Slam champion for a seat in the last 32 of the US Open.

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They will be clashing for the second time after a 2016 clay-based round of 32 battle in Prague. This will be a chance for Cornet to settle the score and as the 32-year-old has immense experience in the singles format, the match upcoming might favor her.

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Mahima Verma

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Mahima Verma is a Tennis writer for EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai. A sports enthusiast, particularly Tennis since her childhood, Mahima believes that she is fortunate enough to witness the legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams play.

Edited By: Pritam Priyedarshi

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