25 April 2013 3:23 PM
Queen of Aces with Alize Cornet
Answering the questions this week is France's world No 33 Alize Cornet.
What’s the best match you have ever played?
I think the best match I ever played was in 2007. I was 17 and a qualifier at the US Open, and had won through to the third round. I was playing against Jelena Jankovic, who I think was in the top five at the time. I think I played the best match of my life, even though I lost. It was my first experience on a big court with the crowd behind me. I played my best tennis and I enjoyed it so much.
What’s the worst?
I think I played a couple of really bad matches in Fed Cup because I couldn’t handle the stress and pressure I felt. There’s not one match that comes to mind, but I know that in Fed Cup I’ve had some troubles. At those times you’re on court feeling so confused and uncomfortable about your game, it’s horrible!
If you could play a match against any player from history, who would it be and why?
I would have loved to play against Justine Henin. I never played against her even though we were playing at the same time. She was a player I really admired and I would have loved to play against her. It would have been interesting to see what I would have done on court to play against her great game. Unfortunately it’s not ever going to happen, but it would have been fun.
What’s your comfort food/guilty pleasure if you lose a match?
It doesn’t matter if I win or lose, I love chocolate! It’s really my guilty pleasure. I could eat it until I feel sick, but I try to be good and control myself. When I feel really sad about a match it’s something that makes me feel better.
Who was your idol growing up?
My idol growing up, without a doubt, was Andy Roddick. He was my favourite player when I was 13, 14, and playing in the juniors. I used to love imitating him on the court! When I got a dog when I was 15, I called him Andy! (laughing) I’ve told that story to a few people and it’s funny because it tells you how much I really loved Andy when I was growing up. I’m sad he’s stopped playing tennis but I think he had a good career.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever been sent by a fan?
I don’t really have that many things sent to me by fans and I remember one day I received a small decorative object, it was like a small fountain and you put water in it – it was actually cute! I don’t think I ever figured out exactly how to make the fountain work properly, but it was a lovely thought from the fan who gave it to me.
What’s your favourite song to dance to?
There’s a lot of songs I’m really enjoying at the moment, but I think the one that makes me feel good before matches is called “I could be the one” by Avicii.
What strange thing is regularly in your suitcase as you travel round the world?
I’m not superstitious at all, so there’s not really one thing I have to have with me. I always travel with the same set of stuff. I think when you have to pack your bags every week it really becomes automatic that you put the same things in the bag. But nothing strange in my bags!
What would be your last meal on earth (all three courses)
Definitely start with prosciutto...it’s in the same category as chocolate for me, I could eat it forever. Then for main meal I’d have chilli con carne from my mum. It’s funny, I only like her version. I like it much less when other people cook it. For dessert I’d love to have chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream.
What’s the one object you couldn’t live without?
For sure my phone. I would love to be less dependent on my phone but it’s my contact with everyone – my family and friends – and I really couldn’t live without it.
Craziest or funniest question you’ve ever been asked in a press conference?
This one is an easy one for me. The press conferences are always so boring and they always ask me the same things, even the French journalists, and I never really get any funny questions! It’s a shame because it would be fun to get some other questions sometimes apart from tennis. I’m not sure what questions I would ask if I was a journalist, but I think it’s good to get asked different questions sometimes (laughs).