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simonsaystennis
Jan 22nd, 2011, 05:49 AM
Coming into the 2009 season, 18 year old Alize Cornet was ranked 16th in the world going into the Australian Open. She was on track with the other top players of her age, like Wozniacki, Azarenka, Cibulkova, etc. At Melbourne, Cornet held two match points against Safina in the fourth round, but ended up falling in three sets. This performance propelled her to a career high ranking of 11 (I think at one point she was a win from top 10?). After this, things all fell apart for Cornet. She only reached the second round twice in her next seven grand slams. As a result, her 2010 ranking ended at 70. She had her best Grand Slam result since 2009, with a R3 here in Melbourne. This makes me wonder,

1. What happened to Cornet? Her immediate results after the '09 weren't bad. Once she hit Miami, it seems like the wheels really fell off.

2. Do you think she can salvage her career? Maybe she'll never be on the brink of top 10, but top 20-30 range?

Pops Maellard
Jan 22nd, 2011, 05:52 AM
She overachieved.

Her results post-AO '09 suit her actual tennis talent better than being on the verge of top 10. :tape:

Sharakim
Jan 22nd, 2011, 05:56 AM
I don't know too much about her, but I did see some of her match today with Kim. Honestly, I don't think she has the weapons to really make it into the top 20 let alone the top 10. She doesn't have a lot of power on either FH or BH, and the speed is average. The winner count was very low for her. Even though Kim was making mistake after mistake she didn't win any break points with winners. She was just given them because of Clijsters errors. Also, she seems to get frusrated very quickly which isn't going to help her get to the top. She seems like a top 50-70 player for most of her career.

edificio
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:44 AM
She's working hard. Salvage her career? Bit dramatic, no?

So Disrespectful
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:44 AM
The problem is that she lost her confidence somewhere along the way. If I recall correctly, she has a fairly atrocious record against top 20 opponents for someone who was ranked 11. She only has a handful of career top 20 wins.

We've seen other girls stuck in the same position - beating lower ranked opponents only to come up short against anyone with a higher ranking - and it can take its toll. When you don't have many weapons and rely on wearing your opponent down or killing them with consistency ala Wozniacki, you need to be mentally tough and very self-assured. Cornet just doesn't have the mental strength or belief to get her over the line in close matches anymore (even the ones she should be winning), but I do agree she overachieved in her prime.

Iceland
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:46 AM
I can only answer to the first one. She had a shoulder injury at the beginning of 2009. Instead of taking a break, she overplayed and eventually lost confidence.

Tennis Fool
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:48 AM
Not big babe enough.

Young 8
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:49 AM
She's the french Oudin

Pops Maellard
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:51 AM
She's the french Oudin

And her only career title is the very definition of MM.

simonsaystennis
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:51 AM
I can only answer to the first one. She had a shoulder injury at the beginning of 2009. Instead of taking a break, she overplayed and eventually lost confidence.

Thanks for the insight. I was wondering if maybe she had some injury, but couldn't find anything about it.

PLP
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:56 AM
The atrocity that just took place between Her and Kim not withstanding, I think she is on the right path again. Hoping she can be back in the top 30 by the end of the year.

DimaDinosaur
Jan 22nd, 2011, 07:07 AM
I saw her play and I can't believe she made it to #11. She is #51 at best and that's being generous.

BlueTrees
Jan 22nd, 2011, 07:46 AM
I don't know too much about her, but I did see some of her match today with Kim. Honestly, I don't think she has the weapons to really make it into the top 20 let alone the top 10. She doesn't have a lot of power on either FH or BH, and the speed is average. The winner count was very low for her. Even though Kim was making mistake after mistake she didn't win any break points with winners. She was just given them because of Clijsters errors. Also, she seems to get frusrated very quickly which isn't going to help her get to the top. She seems like a top 50-70 player for most of her career.

You do realise that she got to #11 right? :scratch:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 22nd, 2011, 07:49 AM
She's the french Oudin

+1.

Sombrerero loco
Jan 22nd, 2011, 07:51 AM
alize is working hard, and if she plays like in the previous rounds, she can do some good this year and re-enter the top 50 :)

Sharakim
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:09 PM
You do realise that she got to #11 right? :scratch:Ranking notwithstanding, I'm only commenting on what I see in her game right now.

floco
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:12 PM
OK, the Clijsters match was really bad, for both players, but 2 years ago, Cornet played much better.. She had an aggressive forehand (might be loopy at times but she could also hit winners...), and a fighter mentality.
The Cornet you saw yesterday is not representative of how she can play. Just like yesterday's Clijsters...

Nicolás89
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:16 PM
What we saw yesterday doesn't portray Cornet's game at all though, everything went wrong for her. I think the 2008 kind of form when she gave Serena a run for her money shows Alize's true aptitutes.

Ryan
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:33 PM
I really like Alize. She does have game; not a lot of weapons, which is why confidence and mental strength are very crucial for her. When she feels good and is confident in her counterpunching, I think she can produce some great results still.

Bismarck.
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:50 PM
OK, the Clijsters match was really bad, for both players, but 2 years ago, Cornet played much better.. She had an aggressive forehand (might be loopy at times but she could also hit winners...), and a fighter mentality.
The Cornet you saw yesterday is not representative of how she can play. Just like yesterday's Clijsters...

:spit:

I honestly don't think Cornet has any chance of making it back to the top 20, simply because there's very little in her game that does any damage. Her backhand could be a great shot but she's tiny and isn't very aggressive so doesn't have anywhere near enough power on it to do much damage, and that is by far her best shot.

colt13
Jan 22nd, 2011, 07:31 PM
Fed Cup. She got beat down routinely there, and reacted negatively. She has a record of 1-8 there, but now that she has dropped in the rankings, they don't want her, and she is playing better.

Curcubeu
Jan 22nd, 2011, 08:41 PM
Alize is a good claycourter! I wish her good luck! :hug:

azinna
Jan 22nd, 2011, 08:52 PM
Fed Cup. She got beat down routinely there, and reacted negatively. She has a record of 1-8 there, but now that she has dropped in the rankings, they don't want her, and she is playing better.

Mary Jo talked about this during the Clijsters match. She became France's go-to player and crumbled under the expectations. Apparently, she still has a tough time handling pressure.

Setsuna.
Jan 22nd, 2011, 09:00 PM
I really like Alize. She does have game; not a lot of weapons, which is why confidence and mental strength are very crucial for her. When she feels good and is confident in her counterpunching, I think she can produce some great results still.

Totally agree with this.