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Oct 10th, 2008, 08:37 PM
Here we can post Alize interviews and articles about her in the medias:)

we start with an interview(really interresting) in french media sport24(translated from french)

" On the good way "

Out of order of victory on its last two tournaments, Alize Cornet does not envisage this vacuous passage in a negative way. She prefers to concentrate on her work, even if she confesses to feel " a small melancholy " post-JO

by Cédric Callier, 08-10-2008

Alize your last two tournaments ended in eliminations in the 1st round. How do you live this small blow of less indeed, the first one finally since the beginning of the year?
Alize Cornet: I saw him(it) rather well. Naturally, I am very disappointed after each of my defeats, especially after that against Amelie (Editor's note: Mauremso) in Moscow. Over there, I was really to gain(win), I played a good level and I really believed it all the match. Thus it is the defeat which more hurt me than that of Stuttgart, where I am really crossed(spent) close. But I prefer to hold(retain) the positive and to say myself that my level of tennis really increased between these two tournaments. I am on the right track and if I continue to work well, I can hope to finish this year on a good note in Zurich and in Linz. And then it is necessary to put in perspective also: a season is not made that of heights.
There are also bottoms(stockings) which it is necessary to know how to manage. If I want to claim one day to become a champion, I have to know how to manage these bad moments to bounce better.

Especially that you should not forget that you are only 18 years old, that it is about your first season full of the high level. Is not it especially physically that you accuse the blow?

No, I do not believe. More simply, I believe that this bad period is largely due at the beginning of the tournaments to indoor, which are not the ones that I wait with most impatience (smile).As would say my trainer, it is the period when I eat a little my black bread. I prefer rather tournaments in outside, on a little slower surfaces. In Moscow, I had the luck to fall on a hard rather slow where I could express all my game(set,play) well, Amelie was stronger than me …

The identity of the players who beat you these last weeks (Editor's note: Ivanovic, Dementieva, Mauresmo) does she(it) help you to put in perspective also?
AC: It is sure that in Asia, when I lose successively against Ivanovic and Dementieva, I did not much have to blame myself. Even if I would have preferred to make at the level of my game...
In Stuttgart, on the other hand, it was the true vacuous passage, that brought me to question me. It gave me envy to work even more. :devil:

Often, after the Olympic Games, sportsmen also speak about post-Olympic decompression. Did you also feel her?
AC: Yes. I am maybe moreover the tennis player who most felt it (smile). I had involved a lot in these Games, as much on the plan personal as tennis.Even two months later, I still think of it a lot. It was the most beautiful and the most exciting adventure of my career(quarry) until now and it is true that later, it is always hard to recover from it.Nevertheless, later, in New Haven, I had reached demies and in the US Open I had made a success of a correct route(course). I maybe believed too fast that I had made the hardest …Well, I reassure you, I am not in full depression, I just feel a small melancholy.

What does it nearly indoor to you there to express, as you say it, all your game?
AC:It does not miss much I think. I have to believe in me, simply. A long time, I considered that I could not indeed make on short place setting and finally, I convinced myself. It had a negative impact on my confidence and today, I have to manage to convince myself that I am a player of any surfaces.I have to dare more, to go forwards and it will be my objective for the next two weeks.

Exactly, these tournaments in Zurich and in Linz, you approach them with what ambition? Still by dreaming about Masters, even if it seems impossible?
AC: No not not, Masters, I have thought of it never really (of smile). For these two tournaments, I do not feed big ambitions.I go out of two too fast finished tournaments and there, I just want to take a maximum of points, to find some confidence(trust), to set up my game(set,play) there to indoor … As I think of being on the right track in working terms, I would like to see what it gives in competition, it would already be only to finish well this year.

Oct 11th, 2008, 02:22 PM
thanks for posting the interview :)

Nov 12th, 2008, 09:58 PM
Alize who is sponsorised by OGF Suez gave an interview few days ago.
She talk about her season and her preparation for 2009.:)

"I control better my emotions"


Alize Cornet what are your feelings about your season?
Alize: its been very good for me since I ve entered top20 rather fastly after my Rome finale.I stayed at this level all year long and I am going to end on the sixteenth place having started 2008 in the 55 spot.

Do you feel you made improve your game this season?

Alize: About the level of my game, I can say that I made many improvements even if I still have some things to work on.Some technical things.
I think I can go even higher even if it wont be easy. I have to keep going on the same road followed for quite a long time now.

What are the parts of your game that must be improved?

Alize: I have to work on my backhand. I started training again since last tuesday and we are working on some technical details with my backhand.
Its the part of my game which will make me improve.
About my forehand I got much positive things, I hit it harder and I know how to put some effects.
Whereas my backhand is still not stable and sometimes trouble my game.
About my serve its getting better and better so I will keep working on it.

Do you feel yourself more stronger physiquely and mentally when you have to prepare a match?

Alize: About the physique, the work is mainly done during november and december. During the year the work is done as the tournaments passed and we need period of recovering rest.
Mentally, its was especially at the end of the year that I felt a change. When I had to pass in period in which I didnt play good, I managed to stay calm and more serene on the court. I managed to avoid those moment when I could get angry when it came good or not. I control better my emotions and this give the feeling that I m more professional on the court.

What are "the biggest moments" of your season?
Alize: At first, my first tier I Finale in Rome, I did a great week there.I had to pass from the qualies and managed to reach the finale. It was rather incredible. Then I would say my first wta title win after 2 finale loss at Acapulco and Rome. I was waiting for that title for such a long time so it was something important for me. Roland Garros gave me also so much emotions too.I love this tournament so much and I spent very good tournament there.


And the Olympic Games?
Alize: its the best high of my year. Its the best memory of my entire career. The opening ceremony was one of the most stunning moment of my life. This goes beyond a favourite tournament because its not only the tournament wish is exceptional, its all about what comes around. I did a very good tournament, losing only against serena williams, 6-4 in the third after giving a big fight there. We played in centre court in front of great crowd. I did very nice meets there,I shared very good things with the french team and I made some friends. This give me real motivation to come back in four years in london 2012.

Do you have a specific player that you fear in top10??
Alize: In the top10 the players are all playing very good but I dont feel I'm very far from them.
There is a player whose game bothers me cause she play atypic tennis, its Agniezka Radwanska, she beat me this year in roland garros 6-4 6-4 whereas I did a good match and even today I still dont understand why I lost(laugh)

How do you spend your training program with your coach pierre bouteyre and physical trainer Frederic Deschamp?

Alize: well on this training period we alternate 2 physical training session and 1 to 2 tennis training per day. That make "big" days. I started at 9h30 in the morning, we take a rest for 2 hours to lunch and we go on on the afternoon till 17h30.
Everything is going well and we have good training conditions at sophia antipolis, its not very far from Nice.

You play also the french championships competing with the Lagardere Paris Racing...

Yes Im in Paris right now where I passed physical test in Lagardere institut. Then I went to play team matchs with Paris Jean Bouin(Alize played a match in single and double paired with youlia fedossova).Its one of my favourite moment of the year being with my friends.Its great moments.Diners with the team and everything, I like it. Unfortunetly I had to negociate with my coach(Pierre Bouteyre) who prefer me to focus more on my physical program training.I would have liked to be able to play more matchs for the team but I believe and trust on Pierre, he knows what is good for me. I hope we'll reach the finale there and win the championships for the third consecutive time.

You are sponsorized by OGF Suez since 2005.What do you think of that collaboration??

Alize: I was 15 years old in 2005,I started my career then. They support me since the beggining and my image is associated naturally to OGF Suez. They give me so much support. Its more than a simple sponsoring relationship, its like a family. I hope this collaboration will last for a long time.

A word about you official website?(www.alizecornet.com

Alize: its important to be represented on internet.Its a very good friend of mine who is the webmaster. This give me the opportunity to follow my news and to be in contact with my fans. I do some videos for the website and I let some little messages.

interview made by Damien MERCEREAU.
http://www.tennis.gdfsuez.com/article_275442_Cornet__Je_contrôle_mieux_mes_emoti ons_.html

Nov 16th, 2008, 03:02 AM
Nice interview, thanks :D

Nov 26th, 2008, 10:18 PM
here's an article about the rising players(taken from wtatour.com)

November 25, 2008

Top 20 Debuts Herald Great Things to Come

LONDON, England - If teen phenoms are nothing new in tennis, 2008 was nonetheless a vintage year for shooting stars on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Five under-20s finished the season in the Top 20; one of them, Agnieszka Radwanska, did even better, making her Top 10 debut in July. It is surely only a matter of time before fellow Europeans Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka, Alizé Cornet and Dominika Cibulkova join her.

Fierce competition and growing depth means that, more and more, juniors emerge onto the senior Tour as remarkably well-rounded competitors. In this respect, Radwanska serves as Exhibit A. Having won the Wimbledon junior title in 2005 and junior Roland Garros in 2006 - the year for which she also was named Tour Newcomer of the Year - Radwanska's adult career started to gather serious momentum in 2007, when she won her first title at Stockholm and scored Top 10 wins over Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova and Daniela Hantuchova.

This year she picked up where she left off, winning titles on the hardcourts of Pattaya City, the claycourts at Istanbul - after which she became the first Polish player to pass $1 million in prize money - and Eastbourne's lawns. Radwanska also applied her crafty, circumspect style to impressive effect in the majors, reaching her first Grand Slam quarterfinals, at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and reaching the fourth round in Melbourne and Paris. Her results through the year were enough to see the 19-year-old qualify as the first alternate at the Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, where she was called upon to play Svetlana Kuznetsova in place of the injured Serena Williams, and duly dispatched the higher-ranked Russian in straight sets.

If Radwanska's 2008 rise from No.26 to No.10 was impressive, 18-year-old Wozniacki is hot on her heels. Indeed, among this group of high-flying youngsters the 2006 junior Wimbledon champion made the greatest leap across the course of the year, rising from No.60 to No.12 thanks partly to three quick-fire tournament wins, at Stockholm, New Haven and the Japan Open. On her way to the final at Luxembourg in October, the Dane in fact tallied the 100th win of her career.

And all of this was achieved in the face of a tough run of draws: in eight of the 20 tournaments she didn't win, Wozniacki fell to a Top 10 player. Power and determination saw her beat Top 10 stars on four occasions, with her defeat of then world No.2 Kuznetsova at Eastbourne ranking as the biggest upset, on paper at least.

While Radwanska and Wozniacki burnished their growing fame with three titles apiece in 2008, Azarenka, up from No.30 to No.15, is still chasing her maiden win. But the 2005 junior Australian and US Open champion came close, with runner-up finishes at Gold Coast and Prague, falling to Li Na and Vera Zvonareva. While both occasions might be considered lost opportunities, a first Tier I semifinal at Berlin and a second at Montréal suggest the 19-year-old's explosive playing style will soon bear fruit.

France's Cornet plays the game in a very different way, and so far her graceful approach has held up best on clay. Like Wozniacki, the 18-year-old won her first Tour title in July, at Budapest, but she really grabbed headlines during the main claycourt season by reaching the semis at Amelia Island and Charleston and scoring two Top 10 wins to make her first Tier I final at Rome. Under the glare of expectation she also reached the last 32 at Roland Garros, having captured the junior title there 12 months earlier. Translating such results to other surfaces will be key to her progress, but the signs are promising, with a semifinal run at New Haven and quarterfinal finish at Linz – both of hardcourts - helping lift her ranking from No.55 in January to No.16 at season’s end.
Although she is the lowest-ranked of the teens in the Top 20, diminutive Cibulkova certainly packed a punch in 2008, especially against the elite. Whereas Radwanska, Wozniacki, Azarenka and Cornet each scored a solitary Top 5 win, Cibulkova registered three, against Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic. Like Azarenka she didn't lift a trophy, but she did reach finals at Amelia Island and Montréal. In the course of jumping from No.51 to No.19 in the rankings, she also edged Hantuchova as the No.1 Slovak at the end of the year, after the 25-year-old failed to recover her form after injury.

How each of these players fares in 2009 and beyond is anyone's guess, especially given the resurgent form of some of the Tour's more established campaigners, and wealth of new rivals coming right up behind them. But it may be instructive to look at the Tour match head-to-head records within this pool of peers. On this count, Radwanska and Azarenka rule supreme, with six wins and three losses each; Wozniacki is also in positive figures at 5-3, but Cornet is 2-3 , despite her better record against top flight players, is 2-9. Such statistics could be a factor when they start facing each other for the sport's biggest prizes. Or not.

Allez Alize in 2009:bounce::angel:

Nov 30th, 2008, 07:59 PM
an article about alize on eurosport.fr

28/11/2008 - 14:30

Cornet, "Parisienne" pressed

. Alize Cornet did not come from Sophia Antipolis in Paris to tourism. Between the final French Championships team, which plays this weekend between her club The Lagardère Paris Racing and TC Cormontreuil, strength and important appointments, the French N.1 goes!

At Sophia Antipolis, Alize Cornet has a structure to match its ambitions. Along with his unwavering coach Pierre Bouteyres are a team to service this season including the physical Frederic Descamps, which was seconded especially for her. An ideal location for the Niçoise which began its work of off-land. Program: Sophia Antipolis in training and matches with the "Racing (Lagardère Paris Racing).

Alizé was in Paris this week in anticipation of the final between the club Cormontreuil . And she will not have time to make many Christmas presents. In the program, fitness sessions, including a meeting of "Motion" (available on the player sensors to scan its movements), an interview with Arnaud Lagardere and an important meeting to french tennis federation, to discuss the future captain of Fed Cup. Behind the scenes, it is argued for several days the name of Nathalie Tauziat, is emblematic of women's tennis French 90s (a final at Wimbledon in 1998), but a dozen players ranked in the top 100 to give their opinion Thursday evening before Christian Bîmes.

One can imagine that Bouteyres Pierre, who accompanied the previous master, Georges Goven, the Olympics could be part of the framework as a coach. The latter has confirmed that the resumption of the competition for Alize Cornet would be held in Perth in early January for the Hopman Cup. Then it is heading towards Sydney and Melbourne for the Australian Open.

translating from google.

Nov 30th, 2008, 08:17 PM
another article, perhaps more interessant cause its from alize coach point of view.He is coming back to the 2008 highlights in alize year.(eurosport.fr)

29/11/2008 - 11:30
Cornet-Bouteyres: the highlights in 2008

Alize Cornet lived "a year of incredible wealth" says Pierre Bouteyres, his coach buddy. The Niçoise discovered the Fed Cup, the top 20, the joys of victories on the best and assessment of its progress, she became French N.1. The highlights seen by the coach.


"Just the Australian Open finished, Alize Cornet is called in reinforcements to challenge China in Beijing in the first round. For my part, I am back in France. Thus she discovered the universe of the French team, it has established links with her partners. "

"His tenure has brought to light and it has not escaped the first critical media. She realized what in Fed Cup play represented. The fact of living this important moment away from me enabled her to better understand the importance of what I would call our "teamwork" and trust that it generates. "


"This tournament just before that Miami is a Tier I tournament is important. It has agreed to wait to establish a small technical change. For several weeks, I asked her to change its thrust. But for the work, we needed an extra week and we ignored Indian Wells. "

"It was not easy to Miami because she lost in the first round. We have enjoyed a week of preparation on clay and it further held good in keeping the change. We know what it has given by Following (Semi-finals at Amelia Island and Charleston in the wake editor's note). "


"Arriving in Rome, it is emerging from a defeat in the first round in Berlin. It sort of qualifications, pass the 1st round when she is sick, then she kept advancing to reach the final by beating Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anna Chakvetadze between others. "

"Again, it had previously agreed to amend its gesture to the service. His determination and confidence in our decisions enabled it to build its choices. In Rome, she realized she could take place in the top 20. "

Other highlights: Alizé won his first title without his trainer in Budapest. The Olympics where Pierre Bouteyres, which should not make the trip, finally accompanied the group France. After a long period spent together (more season American Games), Pierre returned to France, while Alize will contest the Asian Tour with his mother. she is a bit penalized by the lack of support. If learning continues, the trajectory is exponential.

Nov 30th, 2008, 09:03 PM
I found this article too(eurosport.fr)

10/11/2008 - 10:10
Cornet, N.1 in 2009

First pro season, the first distinction. Alize Cornet finally took the place of N.1 lights to Marion Bartoli at the Masters after they disputed it. The absence of the Wimbledon finalist in Doha in 2007 has made it back to 17th place, one place behind the Niçoise.

New reward for Alize Cornet. When she grabed her first professional season, the Niçoise finishes the year with the highest ranking of his career by hoisting the sixteenth place, just ahead Marion Bartoli. At 18, she had already been designated N.1 French national ranking in 2008 published Oct. 10 by the French Tennis Federation, which took into account the results obtained from 2 October 2007 and September 30 2008. With her first WTA title in Budapest in his pocket, Cornet was the only one to be illustrated during a season when Marion Bartoli has not confirmed its 2007 summer season, Tatiana Golovin quickly ended his season and Amélie Mauresmo has not regained the level of play which made it the world N.1 in 2006.

Nov 30th, 2008, 09:30 PM
thanks :worship:

Dec 1st, 2008, 06:41 PM
another article from l'Equipe.fr

Tennis - WTA - Alizé Cornet : «Objectif Top 10»

56th World Party in January 2008, Alize Cornet finished the season in 16th place and World Number 1 French. With her first title on the WTA circuit in Budapest, her entry in the Top 20, a participation in the Olympic Games and a final in Rome, the Niçoise marked the year just 18 years. The student of Peter Bouteyres prepares home in Sophia-Antipolis, but it does not forget the Interclub. Still unbeaten in singles with the Lagardère Paris Racing and new French champion team, it always shows as much enthusiasm and rage to win. Very lucid, it sets, as always in writing, specific goals for 2009: enter the Top 10 and play in Grand Slam with a special mention at Roland Garros.

"What you begin your year?
It was a great year. I have a great bearing with my entry in the Top 20 and with my best ranking (16th globally) and especially a french n.1. A 18 years is truly extraordinary.

This place of No. 1 French seems very important to you?
This gave me the same effect as when I entered the Top 20. French numbers, we remember all our lives. This marks the tennis, there has not been that much. Now he must try to stay several years. Being No. 1 French so young, is already great.

What are your goals?
This will necessarily be Top 10. Being 16th, I will not save the 15th, it would be a little shabby (s smile). Then I want to play in Grand Slam tournaments trying to reach the quarter-finals at least, especially at Roland Garros where I have a special goal. Roland is at home and on clay. I was always pleased and I've always played well there. The More tournaments will be important, the more we will have to play better.

What were the pillars of your preparation?
I've worked physically. I do not play much in Nice at the moment, but I eat a lot of physics. I land, the endurance, strength, the heart of everything ... To fill some gaps and improve my skills.

And tennis?
It works primarily service and setbacks. But the goal is tennis in December. In November, I emphasized the physical, tennis goes a little later.

The lack of real boss on the circuit you there ideas?
Jankovic still won tournaments! At certain times, there were patterns but there was not much behind world. At the moment there is no perhaps no official patron, but there is beauty in the world gate. In the Top 15, only girls who play steel. Even if the Top 10 is not very far, the most expensive places to be taken. You really play very well for access.

Your excellent 2008 season it puts you a little pressure for 2009?
No. I began the year with few points to defend. This is well in the bath. In any case, if there is a level, the results follow. It's always what my coach said.

Do you feel the soul of a leader of French tennis?
Being young is difficult. I spend behind Amelie (Mauresmo) is x years remained in place of number one. But I hope to become.

You are one of the few players to contest the French Championships team. What does this bring you?
The atmosphere really gives me great happiness at this time. I think I play much longer even though my ranking worse. I might be the only and unique, but it will be my individuality. I am pleased and I do not even understand that other players do not do. "

Collected by Sophie Dorgan

Dec 1st, 2008, 06:53 PM
Thanks for the articles :)

Dec 16th, 2008, 05:04 PM
i found an interview given by alize during event organized by her racket sponsor HEAD In november.She was in holydays according to her.:o
Theres the video of the interview(in french) on the same page.

http://translate.google.fr/translate?hl=fr&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.welovetennis.fr%2Finterviews%2F 9647-alize-cornet-le-statut-de-numero-1-francaise-est-un-aboutissement&sl=fr&tl=en

Dec 26th, 2008, 06:24 PM
Alize "" pizazz

Jan 23rd, 2009, 01:51 PM
from the australianopen.com

'There is much more to young Frenchwoman Alize Cornet than a lot of cheap jokes about ice cream cones - but that won’t stop us making them. Cornet’s name has barely to be mentioned amongst the wags in the media workroom at Australian Open 2009 before someone cracks a gag about how she blows her own Trumpet (a make of Australian ice-cream, in case you were wondering) or the fact that she’s playing Dinara Safina on, er, Sundae. It must be said that our very own As It Happens is one of the worst offenders and, frankly, it should get some stick for that.

Joking aside, there is every reason to take Cornet seriously. She has been there or thereabouts in the upper echelons of the women’s game for the past two seasons, and is therefore due a run deep into the heart of a Grand Slam tournament. This might just be the place, for after beating last year’s semifinalist Daniela Hantuchova 4-6 6-4 6-2 in the third round, Cornet will fancy her chances against Safina. She is equipped with a clever, artful game that is deceptively powerful and made more potent by Cornet’s speed of foot. She might not be able to match Safina for raw power, but she has plenty of guile.

Safina was a 6-2 6-2 winner over Estonia’s finest, Kaia Kanepi, and is being touted as something of a dark horse for the title. Last year proved to be an outstanding one for the Russian, who was runner-up to Ana Ivanovic at Roland Garros, a silver medallist at the Beijing Olympics, and a semifinalist at the US Open. She lost narrowly to Elena Dementieva – the same player who denied her gold in Beijing – at last week’s Sydney International, and her quarterfinal win over Cornet at the same tournament will give her confidence ahead of Sunday’s – sorry, Sundae’s – rematch.

Safina’s tennis has all the attributes of a Grand Slam champion-in-waiting, while her experiences of contending for major titles last season should stand her in good stead. She remains something of a psychological puzzle, however, and she never quite appears to be in complete control of her emotions on court. It would be trite to compare Safina too closely with her brother Marat, but it is hard not to be reminded of him when Safina misses a shot she feels she should have made - and explodes with a torrent of industrial Russian under her breath.

The fact that Cornet is currently at a career-high ranking of 16 shows the upward trajectory she is on, and along with Caroline Wozniacki – her defeat to Jelena Dokic notwithstanding – and Agnieszka Radwanska, she is one of a crop of young players who have already made a successful transition from junior tennis and are poised to make a more significant impact in the women’s game. Cornet has yet to get past the third round of a Grand Slam tournament, and a win over Safina would therefore represent a sizeable breakthrough for her.

You can forget all those dreadful jokes about ice cream cones. I scream Cornet, and so should you.':devil:

justine schnyder
Jan 23rd, 2009, 02:17 PM
I scream Cornet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

Jan 25th, 2009, 10:33 AM
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Apr 9th, 2009, 07:47 PM
FINALLY some news given by alize on her official website:)

Cant wait to get back in the competition

Question: Alize, what bilan can you make of Indian Wells and Miami?Does your shoulder the cause of your two early eliminations in those two tournaments?

Alize: No. My shoulder doesnt bother me anymore. At Indian Wells I always had the fear when I had to serve or smash the ball. I had this fear all the time and I was completely tetanize during my first match. So I went completely down. I needed to forget about my injury...

Between the two tournaments, there have been almost 15 days. I could work really well physically and tennis, do a lot of care and work for my shoulder land in particular.

In Miami, I was able to really let it go for me, I gained confidence and I had no pain. I made a good first match but then I am inclined facing a stronger opponent than me that day. There was a nice fight in the first set, a little disappointed to be passed if ready, emotionally I dropped in the second set. It's really unfortunate because I had the weapons to prevail.

question:How is your preparation for tournaments on clay, which will begin next week in Barcelona?

Alize: Saturday I go there with my mom, without a trainer, the adventure! (laughs) Reminds me of when I was 13 years old and I went with her on the tournament early in France ... My coach can not move so we had planned to do it this week to Barcelona. This will be a good experience!
In any case, the recovery and I am really happy to leave the tournament to find the competition, whether on hard or on clay, no matter, I want to play matches. This week, I resumed training on clay, I quickly found automatismes, slipping, moving and ground effects ... I like to be back on this surface and I hope to do as good results than last year.

Question: This recovery is also synonymous with Fed-Cup encounter with a barrage of capital ...

Alize: Yes, against Slovakia, it will be a trap game! They have two very good players with Cibulkova and Hantuchova. We have the advantage of receiving and playing in front of our audience but we also know that we will have to be at our best level to prevail. France has never left the world group, it puts additional pressure, it is said that we dont have marge for error. One thing is for sure is that we will give our best, the whole team is very supportive ...

Question: You feel a particular pressure with the approach of this meeting and Roland Garros on the horizon?

Alize: No, not really. The word pressure is not the right one.I know this is a pivotal time for me. In the coming weeks I can generally earn points, there is more media attention with the approach of Roland Garros, then yes it is especially certain! But to describe what I feel really, I speak rather about excitation than pressure. I want to do well and I am even more motivated because there are many of those external expectations. The most important is like always: take much pleasure being on the court and give the best of me ...

the state of her shoulder is fine now. Yeah good news:banana:

Apr 9th, 2009, 09:09 PM
Thanks for translating this interview.:kiss:
Encouraging news about the shoulder indeed.:dance:

justine schnyder
Apr 10th, 2009, 07:10 AM
Thanks for posting Amira!!
So glad to see how positive she is! :)

Apr 10th, 2009, 08:57 AM

Apr 10th, 2009, 04:12 PM
Thanks, looks like Alize is ready to rock clay :rocker2:

Apr 11th, 2009, 12:36 AM
thanks Amira :banana:

cant wait to see her playing on clay :rocker:

Apr 21st, 2009, 03:39 PM
some news given in her official website:

"I need to find my rhythm ..."
News - 20.04.2009

Alizé back on her defeat in the first round in Barcelona and gives us the program for the days to come ...

Alizé: "In Barcelona, Stéphanie (Cohen-Aloro) has played very well, she prevented me to develop the tactics planned. For my part, I am not satisfied with my level of play This is certainly due to the lack of matches in recent weeks. I like to play many tournaments, remain in a competitive pace. Out from Dubai, a false rhythm was installed. I musnt lose my motivation and return in the coming tournaments to the pace that suits me.
Friday I go to Limoges where we'll do an internship of 10 days with the french Fed Cup team. I am very happy to join the group and to participate in this meeting of crucial importance for the French team. It gives me great experience of being surrounded by the staff of the French team and players as Amélie Mauresmo. I give the best account of myself that I will continue my season on clay in good conditions during the following week in Stuttgart.

May 21st, 2009, 07:54 PM
an article from the french sport newspaper l'Equipe:

Cornet: "I can bounce back"
Alizé Cornet dispute his 5th French Open, a tournament she knows well. (L'Equipe)

For the first time in her career, Alizé Cornet is experiencing a period of crisis. Growth crisis and crisis of confidence, the young Niçoise arrive at Roland Garros with one victory on clay. But she has not given up and her strength of character can help her to rebounce back. She gives us her impressions a few days before her favorite tournament: "If I can win my first two matches, I'm going to relax and regain confidence."

"Alizé Cornet, how do you imagine your Roland Garros 2009?

I dont arrive in the same conditions as last year. My confidence level is not zero, but not terrible. I play very well in training, this is somewhat encouraging. I feel the ball very well. I greatly improved compared to last year, but it doesnt show on matchs. Some things have played against me: the adductors in Stuttgart, food poisoning in Rome where I had no more energy against a girl who did a great match. The Fed Cup matches where I lost twice 6-4 in the third did not help me when I was so keen to do well. This gives me a little sore. All these matches had been played for nothing, I lead, there are one or two points where I must confirm, and I do not. I have the impression that it is a vicious circle. The less I'm confident, the less I make these points. The less I have made these points, the less I'm confident.

How to break this vicious circle?

I know I hit the ball well and I can play well, but I need wins. I do not win enough matches. there is not enough action! For weeks, I make one or two matches per tournament. I would like to get back in the dynamics of winning some matches. I do not think badly that much. Mentally, I am not weak. I manage to stay positive and motivated to want to play and train. It is not easy when you lose a lot of matches to return to practice every day. It's a bit like Roland 2007. It is a kind of challenge but in the negative. I am in a difficult phase and I wanted to show me and show everyone that I can rebound, I can get out, Ireally have tennis and this is not a small bad period which will destroy everything.

Is your descent in the ranking disturbs you?

Even if I go down in the ranking, that this bad period lasts, it will last as much time as it last. If I continue to train well, if I continue to hit the ball like that the way I like it on the court, it will return after a while. J I did not steal my place in the Top 15 and I hope to return soon.

"Get out from this as soon as possible"

How do you live that first dip in your meteoric rise?

This is my first bad time since I started my career, even since I am twelve. I always had a a steady and very good progression. These are the first few months where I stagnated a bit. Last year, I had such a great year. Is it normal to experience a little "down"? I do not know. What I know is that I want to get out of this as soon as possible. I assume the fact that each player has had its ups and downs, even the best. After all these years of progress, a time of stagnation will not hurt me. This will show me what I really want to do with my life and if I have the mental strengh to fight for it. I am convinced. People who are behind me supporting me always. I'm surprised the number of fans who continue to support me, the messages I receive. I really thank them. I'm really touched to have all these messages on Facebook, on my site, I received messages really nice.

What are the positif signs?

I worked a lot early in the season. I made a good start to the season, I must not forget it. My problem with my shoulder well rotted my early season. Since I started working for my back, my shoulder is doing better. I rely on very good serve, I found my service. This is gradually returning. I have rarely been injured, I had a little trouble managing that. Now I know how to manage it, but this injury made me waste two or three months of the year. Now it's over, I gotta move on to something else. I hope that health will hold. For now, this was just playing tricks. I am serious and conscientious and I hope that it will pay.

What is Roland Garros for you?

It is almost the goal of the year. It takes a lot of points, we want to stay longer. It's an atmosphere that I like in particular. A Roland, I am like on a cloud. Je me régale à chaque match en mixte, en double dames, en simples. I enjoy every matches in Mixed, Doubles, ladies singles. It is a special atmosphere. All Grand Slams are special, but Roland is at home. It is a place where we really want to play well to stay as long as possible. It is a goal, but we have also to relative. It is part of the season, there are plenty of other tournaments. It's better to play good at Roland, but if it is not the case, everything does not collapse. I am always super excited when I go.

What are your goals for Roland Garros?

En général, je suis quand même une valeur sûre sur terre et à Roland, je sais que je ne vais rien lâcher. In general, I am still a value on clay and Roland, I know I wont give up anything there. This is the Grand Slam that I held the most in my heart. I will set of course some objectives because without objective, you re not going anywhere. It will be like at the Australian Open to get to the 4th round. I will not be in the first 16 top seeds, so it will be different. On clay, I have the level to do so. I know that if I can win my first two matches, I'm going to relax and regain confidence. The beginning of the tournament will be the hardest. This is it that I will have to be very serious and also have to stress the least. I know the crowd will be there to support me. This is a good challenge. Everyone knows the tough times. You just need to be supported and believe in yourself. "Sophie DORGAN

May 21st, 2009, 10:11 PM
Thanks for the article!:)
The most pleasant thing is that she knows what to do.

Sep 7th, 2009, 02:04 PM
here's the alize interview after her second round at the US Open(l'Equipe)

Cornet on the right track'
Despite the disappointment after his defeat in the second round against Jie Zheng, Alize Cornet believes he found his motivation and desire: "I am once again the fighter that I have been very small."

"Alize Cornet, how do you analyze your game?
It was a big fight like last week in New Haven against Stosur. Unlike last week, I found myself in position to win. After winning the first set easily, I was in a good momentum. Even in the third set, I had a ball game on almost all games. I had the opportunity to come back and even pass. Each time, it does not yet. But the level is there and we made a good game.

What you missed? Victories? A little confidence?

Sure. I feel that I have not always made the right choice on the break points or game Zheng also played very well. This is really playing on anything. That's why I come away from this kind of matche frustrated and very sad. I feel that the level of play is there, I can win, but it does not. I have so many break points unconverted, it makes me crazy. Everyone tells me it will come with confidence and victories. I hope to win matches as quickly as possible.

Everyone tells you that. And you, what do you think?

I patient for several months because I did not win many matches. I'm not in the same state of mind that three months ago when I was in a hole and I could not find the motivation. Today, I am once again a lioness on the court, not giving up at all. I returned the fighter that I have been very small. That reassures me. In terms of level of play, it is much better, it's crescendo. If I find my fighting and my game, I should not delay to win some matches.

What is your assessment of your U.S. tour?
In terms of results, balance sheet is rotten (smiles). In terms of mental and gambling, I'm on track to regain some of my tennis even all my tennis. My desire to play and win is completely restored. Although this tour is not very successful, it can only bring me good things. I must stay on this way,this attitude for the Asian tour.

Is you ranking bothering you?

Not at all. It did bothering me at the beginning when I saw my ranking plummeted. Now I am not close to thirty seats away. In any case, I may still fall and if I can find my game, I would soon be back. We always have the ranking we deserve. If I finished the year 60th, is that I played this year 60. Next year, if I continue in the right frame of mind, I may go back top 20. I'm only 19, this does not let me stress. I have done a great year last year, I live a little blow. But I'm on the right track. "

Interview by Sophie DORGAN, New York

Sep 7th, 2009, 03:24 PM
Oh, that's nice to read. Thanks!

:lol: @ a lioness.

Alizé Molik
Sep 7th, 2009, 04:15 PM
euh amira tu peux me donner le lien pour ca en francais? je comprends rien de ca lol.

Sep 7th, 2009, 09:00 PM
:DOh, that's nice to read. Thanks!

:lol: @ a lioness.

I agree, Tea! That is really nice to see her gaining her confidence back! My Chinese animal is the Tiger so I like Alize's assessment of herself as a lioness! Allez Alize!!

Sep 7th, 2009, 11:00 PM
euh amira tu peux me donner le lien pour ca en francais? je comprends rien de ca lol.

ouai lol:drool:


lol at lioness but that's alize, she's so fresh and having a positive nature:D love the tiger too and all the fauves. Alize seing herself as a lioness is good


or you have that toohttp://www.loursalunettes.com/boutique/images/lionne.jpg(I think I ll take it as an avatar.:drool:

Alizé Molik
Sep 8th, 2009, 12:48 AM
oh my god c mimi! now we have french goat and french lioness!

Sep 8th, 2009, 02:18 PM
yes that' sound good in my ears lol

jla met en peluche(avatar) en attendant de voir qu'elle se conduise en veritable lionne sur le court.:drool: J'espere qu'on pourra voir un de ses matchs à la télé, ça fait un bail.

Nov 22nd, 2009, 03:20 PM
Finally alize gave an interview and gives her impressions about her year and her preparation for 2010. Unfortunetly no words on her double partner:o:lol (translation from the net)

Alize, those holidays must be enjoyable after this tough year?
holidays?it was anything but rest in this moment,it is rather intensive training. The holidays have lasted a week and I have resumed physical training!

Did you not want to cut a little more?
I have not played much these days, I've done more physical. And I confess that if I did not play tennis for more than 10 days, I really miss it.

If you're missing tennis is not a good sign?
Yes, it's a good sign. It means that I want.

Are you happy to have finally ended with this season?
Not really, because I began to have very good feelings about the three or four last tournaments. I am setting myself a little too late unfortunately but when I finished my last tournament in Luxembourg, I really had a bitter taste: I felt I had wasted half of my season. I am a little disappointed but on the other hand, I need a break to start again on something new.

Can you qualify that as a "revelation"?
Revelation I dont know but the motivation has returned. The results were hard to have not being seeded anymore and playing strong girls in the first rounds.My tennis was better when I decided to make me happy on the court again. It was quite natural last year but I had some bad thing this year. I realized that nothing is ever won and that I must fight to keep what I have.

Have you ever thought at a time to end your season?
No. There have been a case of force majeure. I confess that I continued the season in a sort of routine where I do not really investing myself in my matches. I was too passive, I was not playing with enough desire. I ruined my year like this but it will serve me as a lesson for the future.

Have you suffered from the reaction of the media or the public?
Everyone was quite nice. Maybe because we can all understand that we are not robots and that in our career, there are ups and downs. I did not have ten-year career without a hitch, without a crisis of confidence.

Did some players, some relatives had comforting words during this period?
Tennis is a very individualistic sport and the players have enough to do before attending to other careers. But, I went to Bercy this week and I saw Patrice Hagelauer (editor's note on DTN), a great confidant. He said things that made me much good. It's nice to talk to someone you trust who has an eye on the situation from the outside. He is a great philosopher.

Can you keep some positive from this season?
I guess the positive will come next year when I learned the lessons of this season. I had lost myself along the way this year and I feel I'm back on track. It boosts me. I would not enter the year 2010 by stress or lack of confidence. I am serene.

Is this what you feel to have matured "because" this episode?
One can even say "thanks". I go on court in a state of mind very different. Before, it was very stressful, I could not manage my emotions. Through this difficult year, I better control on the court and I could use a little more perspective.

Your tears in the first round of Fed Cup against Italy remains one of the outstanding images of your season. This kind of reactions belongs to the past?
If I play a Fed Cup, of course I would have these images in me yet, but at the same time, I must move on. And as I said, I grew up and I think it will serve me also in Fed Cup. Even if its ten times more emotions to manage in this competition. I look forward to the next test. I do not apprehend. I am not afraid.

Did you watch the fed cup finale won by Italy?
No I have not watched the match but at least I tell myself that we have not lost against anyone!

Should we expect any changes in your game for next season?
I have already started a lot of sites with Pierre (editor's note Bouteyre), my coach. We will work hard on the serve and the return. During the exchange, I can now compete with any girl, including the baseline. But concerning women , if we do not spend enough first serves or if we are not aggressive enough in return, you can lose the match. We will really focus on it because there is a large room for improvement at this level.

GDF SUEZ link:http://sports.gdfsuez.com/actualites/article_361389_Aliz%C3%A9.Cornet.:.%EF%BF%BD.De.no uveau.sur.les.rails.%EF%BF%BD.html

Feb 9th, 2010, 11:47 PM
Cornet : « Un préparateur mental ? Pourquoi pas. »

La rédaction - ES - RMC.fr, le 09/02/2010
Battue par l’Israélienne Shahar Peer (6-4, 6-1) à Coubertin, Alizé Cornet traverse une période très difficile. La joueuse niçoise envisage de travailler prochainement avec un préparateur mental.

Alizé, comment analysez-vous cette nouvelle défaite ?
Peer a été plus forte que moi. C’est une joueuse qui est confiance, qui a gagné beaucoup de matches depuis l’année dernière. J’ai été très proche dans le premier set. Mais lorsqu’elle a pris le large, elle a mieux joué. Moi j’avais encore quelques restes de terre battue sous les pieds. C’était difficile pour moi de m’adapter au dur en deux jours.

Cette défaire est-elle la conséquence de votre participation à la Fed Cup ce week-end ?
Non. J’ai été battue par une joueuse plus forte que moi. Je ne me cherche pas d’excuse. Je joue le jeu de la Fed Cup depuis trois ans. Je ne le regrette pas même si ce n’est pas toujours l’idéal pour ma carrière individuelle.

Comment pouvez-vous sortir de cette spirale négative ?
Pour moi, ce n’est pas une spirale négative. Pour l’instant, le travail ne paie pas. Ce n’est pas toujours facile de s’accrocher. Il faut persévérer. Comme me l’a dit récemment Amélie (Mauresmo, ndlr), la persévérance est la clé de tout.

Comptez-vous changer des choses dans votre préparation ou votre entourage ?
Non, mais on m’a déjà posé la question au sujet d’un préparateur mental. Je vais réfléchir. Cela peut être une bonne opportunité pour moi de connaître autre chose. Pourquoi pas.

Comment vivez-vous cette période difficile ?
Je vois mon classement couler de mois en mois. Ce n’est pas facile à accepter surtout quand on a été proche du Top 10. Je suis une compétitrice. Je suis très fier. C’est dur de se voir couler. Mais je me dis que ce qui ne tue pas rend plus fort. Tout ce que je vis en ce moment me servira plus tard. Ne l’oublions pas, j’ai encore dix ans de carrière devant moi. J’ai encore de belles choses à vivre.


Feb 10th, 2010, 11:37 AM
Mardi 09 février 2010 à 22h19
Déçue et affectée par sa défaite dès le premier tour de l'Open GDF SUEZ face à Shahar Peer, Alizé Cornet est revenue sur sa rencontre. Et sur la transition difficile avec l'épisode de Fed Cup de ce week-end.

Alizé, qu'est-ce que vous avez envie de dire après ce match ?
Je n'ai pas grand-chose à dire en fait. Elle a juste mieux joué que moi. Dans le premier set, j'ai eu quelques occasions de breaker que je n'ai pas su saisir. Peer est en grande confiance en ce moment et elle n'est de toute façon pas facile à jouer.

Dans quel état d'esprit êtes-vous arrivée sur le court après la défaite en Fed Cup de ce week-end ?
Comme toutes les autres je pense : triste d'avoir perdu ce week-end mais avec l'envie de rebondir le plus vite possible. J'avais déjà connu cette situation l'année dernière et j'avais quand même réussi à atteindre les quarts de finale. C'est vrai que cette fois, la Fed Cup se disputait sur terre battue. Le dimanche après-midi, je joue sur terre battue et un jour et demi plus tard, je me retrouve sur dur. Les plans de frappe étaient un peu moins devant, les déplacements ça allait mais les coups droits étaient vraiment durs après dix jours sur terre.

Quelles sont les solutions pour rebondir ?
Il faut que je continue dans ce que je suis en train de faire. Tout le monde voit ce qu'il se passe sur le court mais dans les coulisses, les gens n'imaginent pas à quel point je travaille dur pour essayer de me remettre dedans. J'espère juste que je ça paiera à un moment ou à un autre. Je reste sur mes intentions.

Vous évoquiez le stage de dix jours sur terre battue. Après coup, vous dites-vous que c'était peut être trop long ?
Même avant coup ! Quand j'ai su à l'Australian Open qu'on commençait le stage le vendredi, j'ai fait répéter trois fois pour être sûre que c'était vrai. C'est effectivement long même si l'ambiance dans l'équipe est incroyable. Après pour notre carrière individuelle, ce n'était pas génial de faire dix jours sur terre battue avant l'Open GDF SUEZ et avant la saison sur dur qui arrive. Je joue toujours le jeu de l'équipe de France. Ça s'est peut être retourné contre moi mais je ne regrette rien du tout.

Si le problème se reposait l'année prochaine, quelle serait votre réaction ?
Peut être que j'en discuterais avec les filles mais c'est difficile de mettre la parole du capitaine en doute parce qu'on lui fait toutes confiance. On applique à la règle ce qu'il nous dit. Ça nous servira de leçon parce qu'on peut arriver bien préparées sans gâcher notre prochain tournoi.

Est-ce que vous imaginez pouvoir faire intervenir un préparateur mental dans votre structure ?
Peut être. Ce n'est pas une option que j'ai rayée de ma liste. J'aurai cette expérience tôt ou tard. Beaucoup de joueurs professionnels se sont aidés d'un préparateur mental dans leur carrière et autant le faire le plus tôt possible. Ça peut ne pas marcher mais quoiqu'il arrive, ça n'enlèvera rien. Au mieux, ça m'apportera quelque chose, un déclic, quelqu'un à qui parler au pire, je resterai dans mes trucs. Je me dis que j'ai fait des choses pas trop mal il y a deux ans et j'étais la même fille. Alors pourquoi pas ? Je ne suis pas fermée à ça.

Le statut que vous devez porter aujourd'hui ne vous a-t-il pas aussi fait perdre votre insouciance des premières années ?
Mon statut là vous savez… (Elle fait la moue). Peut être l'année dernière parce que je voulais rester au niveau de 2008 et ça m'a un peu travaillée. Mais je suis retournée dans les pâquerettes cette saison donc c'est plus de la reconstruction après une mauvaise année. Ce n'est pas facile quand on voit toutes les filles qui sont dans le Top 50. Pour retourner parmi les meilleures, il faut très bien jouer. J'en suis capable mais il faut être constante toute l'année et ce n'est pas facile. J'essaie de m'accrocher. C'est mon métier. C'est une belle vie mais en contrepartie, il y a beaucoup de travail.

Quel est le programme pour vous maintenant ?
Je vais à Acapulco sur terre battue… Oui retourner sur terre, c'est vraiment débile comme programme (Rires). Au moins, je n'aurai pas trop pris d'habitude sur dur. Je vais à Acapulco et ensuite je retourne sur dur à Monterrey avant Indian Wells et Miami. Acapulco, c'est une transition pour se faire plaisir parce que c'est un très bon tournoi. J'espère que ça me redonnera un peu d'énergie.

Le plaisir justement, est-il toujours présent ?
Ce n'est pas une question de plaisir. Je m'éclate de nouveau en jouant et à l'entraînement, je donne tout ce que j'ai. Je ne lésine pas sur le travail. Après d'autres facteurs rentrent en compte quand on est sur le court et le plaisir n'est plus qu'une toute petite partie. Il y a la constance, le mental, le jeu, le physique, il y a plein de choses.


Feb 10th, 2010, 12:24 PM
Thanks for posting Veronika. I will attempt a translation using my high school French, for those fans of Alize who don't speak French... I've tried to translate it into normal English.

Cornet : A mental coach? Why not?

The draft - ES - RMC.fr, 09/02/2010

Beaten by Israel's Shahar Peer (6-4, 6-1) in Coubertin, Alizé Cornet is currently going through a very difficult time in her career. The player from Nice plans to work soon with a mental coach.

Alizé, how would you assess this latest defeat?
Peer was stronger than me. She's a confident player at the moment, she won a lot of matches last year. I was very close in the first set. But overall she played better. I still had, figuratively speaking, some clay on the soles of my feet. It was difficult for me to adjust to hardcourt in two days.

Is this defeat the consequence of your participation in the Fed Cup in the weekend?
No. I was beaten by a stronger player than me. I'm not looking for an excuse. I've played Fed Cup for three years. I don't regret it even if it's not always completely ideal for my individual career.

How can you get out of this downward spiral?
For me, it isn't a downward spiral. For the moment, my work isn't paying off. It isn't always easy to hold on. I have to persevere. As Amélie said to me just the other day, perseverance is the key to it all.

Are you planning to change some things in your preparation or your entourage?
No, but people have already brought up the question of a mental coach. I'll think about it. That might be a good opportunity for me to learn something else. Why not.

How do you get through this difficult time?
I see my ranking fall every month. It isn't easy to accept especially when I was once close to the top 10. I'm a competitor. I have a lot of pride. It's hard to see my ranking fall. But I tell myself that what doesn't kill me makes me stronger. Everything I experience now will be useful to me later. Don't forget, I still have at least ten years of my tennis career ahead of me. I still have some wonderful things to look forward to.

Feb 10th, 2010, 02:45 PM
Thanks for posting Amira, except this interview is... longer :o. Again, I'm trying to use normal English so some phrases will have changed a bit.

Tuesday the 9th of February 2010, 10:19pm (French time)
Disappointed by her defeat in the first round of the Open GDF SUEZ against Shahar Peer, Alizé Cornet reflects on the encounter. And on the difficult transition from the Fed Cup just last weekend.

Alizé, now that this match is over, what do you want to say about it?
I don't have a lot to say actually. She just played better than me. In the first set, I had a few chances to break which I wasn't able to seize. Peer is full of confidence right now and in any event, she is never easy to play.

When you went onto the court, in what kind of spirits were you in after the Fed Cup defeat just last weekend?
Like everyone else I think: disappointed to have lost in the weekend but with the desire to rebound as quickly as possible. I had already experienced this situation last year and all the same I managed to reach the quarterfinals. It's true that this time, the Fed Cup was on clay. On Sunday afternoon I'm playing on clay and one and a half days later, I find myself on a hard court. My contact point was a little less in front, moving was okay but forehands were really tough after ten days on clay.

How are you going to bounce back?
I have to continue to do what I'm doing. Everyone sees what happens on the court but behind the scenes, people can't imagine how hard I work to try to give my all. I just hope that it will pay off sooner or later. My aims remain the same.

You mentioned the ten days on clay. Afterwards, would you say that might be too long?
Even before it! When I learned at the Australian Open that we would start on Friday, I had to check it three times to be sure it was true. It's really long even if the atmosphere in the team is incredible. Afterwards, for our individual careers, it isn't very good to have ten days on clay before the Open GDF SUEZ and before the upcoming hardcourt season. I always play for the French team. It sometimes works against me but I don't regret anything at all.

If the problem resurfaces again next year, what will be your reaction?
Maybe I would discuss it with the girls but it's difficult to question the word of the captain since we have to put complete trust in him. We follow the rules he tells us. That will serve as a lesson for us, since we can arrive well prepared without wasting our next tournament.

Do you think you will be able to utilise a mental coach in your team?
Maybe. It isn't an option that I've crossed off my list. I'll have experience with this sooner or later. A lot of professional players have used a mental coach to help themselves in their career and to do as much as they can as soon as possible. That might not work but whatever it does, it won't remove anything. At the best, it will bring me something new, a great idea, someone to talk to, at the worst, I'll still have my old bag of tricks. I tell myself that I haven't been doing things too badly these last two years and I'm still the same girl. So why not? I'm not completely against it.

The status that you carry now, did that also cause you to lose the carefree attitude you had in your first years on tour?
My status there you know... (She grimaces). Maybe last year because I wanted to stay at my 2008 level and that was on my mind a little. But I'm turning over a new leaf this season so it's more like a reconstruction after a bad year. It isn't easy when you see all the girls who are in the top 50. To be among the best again, I have to play very well. I am capable of it but it's necessary to do it all throughout the year and that isn't easy. I'm trying to hang in there. It's my trade. It's a wonderful life but on the other hand, there's a lot of work involved.

What is the programme for you now?
I'm going to the clay courts in Acapulco... Yes to return to clay, it's really not a very good programme (laughs). At least I haven't had too much practice on hard courts. I'm going to Acapulco and then I go back to hardcourts in Monterrey before Indian Wells and Miami. Acapulco is an enjoyable transition because it's a very nice tournament. I hope it will give me a bit of extra energy.

That enjoyment, is it always present?
It isn't a question of enjoyment. I push myself to the bursting point again and again when I'm playing and when I'm training, I give everything I have. I don't skimp on work. After the other factors are taken into account when you are on the court the enjoyment is nothing more than one small part of it. There is consistency, the mental part, the game itself, the physical side, there are a lot of things.

Feb 10th, 2010, 05:21 PM
Thanks howard for your translation:)

Apr 26th, 2010, 06:59 AM
Alizé Cornet :« Juste une joie immense ! »

Alizé, quel effet cela vous fait-il d’avoir remporté une victoire aussi collective ?

Je pense que toutes les victoires et défaites sont collectives. Nico (Escudé) nous dit toujours : Que tu perdes ou que tu gagnes, c’est l’équipe qui perd ou qui gagne avec toi. Là, c’est vrai qu’on a toutes mis notre pierre à l’édifice et ça fait trop plaisir.

C’est votre première victoire en neuf matches de Fed Cup. Quel effet cela vous fait-il ?

C’est vrai qu’après toutes ces désillusions en Fed Cup, arriver sur le court et apporter le point décisif avec Julie, c’est que du bonheur ! C’est juste une joie immense ! On avait vu le boulot qu’avaient fait Aravane et Pauline, ce n’était pas évident, parce qu’on était menées 1-0, puis 2-1. Mais elles sont revenues. On est arrivés un peu comme des cheveux sur la soupe, mais on a réussi à mettre une tôle aux Allemandes. C’était trop bon !

Pensez-vous qu’il y aura un avant et un après Francfort ?

Je ne sais pas mais ça nous apporte de la confiance. On parle toujours d’équipe en transition, après les départs d’Amélie (Mauresmo) et Nathalie (Dechy). On a montré qu’on pouvait super bien jouer et qu’on avait une belle équipe. »

Apr 27th, 2010, 02:32 AM
Translation ;) : some parts were a little tough for me to translate (some new phrases for me, I'm not 100% sure what a tôle is, and also the phrase "comme des cheveux sur la soupe" -like hair on soup? :confused: is new to me) but I improvised what I didn't know and hopefully captured the overall feel of it.

Alizé Cornet :"Just an immense joy!"

Alizé, how does it feel to have recorded a win, and an overall win as well?

I think that all the wins and losses are collective. Nico always tells us that whether you lose or you win, it's the team which loses or wins with you. Well, it's true that we all contributed stones to the overall building, so to speak, and that feels really good.

It's your first win in nine matches of Fed Cup. How does that feel?

It's true that after all the disappointments in Fed Cup, to go on the court and get the deciding point with Julie is a really good feeling! It's just an immense joy! We saw the work which Aravane and Pauline did, it wasn't obvious, because we were losing 1-0, then 2-1. But we came back. We got there in a sort of awkward, round-about way, but we managed to stop the German girls. It was great!

Do you think that there's a "before Frankfurt" and an "after Frankfurt"?

I don't know but this gives us confidence. People always speak of a team in transition, after the departure of Amélie and Nathalie. We showed that we can play really well and that we have a great team.

Alizé Molik
Apr 27th, 2010, 05:02 AM
arriver comme des cheveux sur la soupe means like..arriving not in an expected way..or a suprise?
i think a good way of saying tole would be to say they stopped them? or like wrapped them up or something.

is that good? quelqu'un peut mieux expliquer cela? je suis pas confiant avec les traductions francais-anglais.

Apr 27th, 2010, 10:11 AM
What Alizé means with "on a réussi à mettre une tôle aux Allemandes" is "we managed to crush, to destroy the Germans" ;)

Apr 27th, 2010, 05:17 PM
Thanks for the help guys :)

arriver comme des cheveux sur la soupe means like..arriving not in an expected way..or a suprise?
i think a good way of saying tole would be to say they stopped them? or like wrapped them up or something.

is that good? quelqu'un peut mieux expliquer cela? je suis pas confiant avec les traductions francais-anglais.

Yes, it's a good explanation. Even if you don't feel confident you will automatically translate well into English from French since, like several other posters in this forum, you are very nearly fluent in English. I wish I was that fluent in French :sad:. From my research the "arriver comme des cheveux sur la soupe" phrase seems to suggest awkwardness as well. Trying to think of how to put that in English...

What Alizé means with "on a réussi à mettre une tôle aux Allemandes" is "we managed to crush, to destroy the Germans" ;)

Thanks! I didn't realise "mettre une tôle" had such a strong meaning. Using "crush" or "destroy" might be a little too strong in English though, it might seem like an arrogant thing to say. I think "managed to put a stop to them" or "managed to stop them" is probably a close English phrase, although something is undoubtedly lost in the translation.

Given your suggestions, I think the best translation I can think of is "We got there in a kind of awkward, round-about way, but we managed to stop the Germans." I edited my translation.

Thanks guys! I love when people share their knowledge with me :drool:.

Apr 27th, 2010, 05:45 PM
Thanks for the help guys :)

Thanks! I didn't realise "mettre une tôle" had such a strong meaning. Using "crush" or "destroy" might be a little too strong in English though, it might seem like an arrogant thing to say. I think "managed to put a stop to them" or "managed to stop them" is probably a close English phrase, although something is undoubtedly lost in the translation.

Given your suggestions, I think the best translation I can think of is "We got there in a kind of awkward, round-about way, but we managed to stop the Germans." I edited my translation.

Thanks guys! I love when people share their knowledge with me :drool:.

No, I can assure you it does have this meaning ;) It's stronger than "we managed to stop them".
It is a bit arrogant from Alizé, maybe she shouldn't have used these terms but the meaning is correct.

For "arriver comme un cheveu sur la soupe" is a French expression. The equivalent in English would be "to turn up at a very awkward moment" ;)

Dec 24th, 2010, 08:49 PM
Part of the article from website http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/actualite/sport/20101223.REU7730/tennis-la-france-entre-espoir-et-reconstruction.html

Tennis: la France entre espoir et reconstruction

Chez les filles, le bilan est moins glorieux car derrière Marion Bartoli, 16e et dont le palmarès est resté vierge de tout titre cette année, et Aravane Rezaï, 19e et qui a soulevé deux trophées à Madrid et Bastad, la relève se fait attendre.

Alizé Cornet n'a pas retrouvé la confiance qui avait fait d'elle la 11e joueuse mondiale il y a deux ans, et Virginie Razzano, ancienne pensionnaire du top 20, peine à récupérer d'une blessure au pied contractée en mars sur une mauvaise manipulation d'un kiné de la WTA.

Mais la Fédération a lancé un plan de réhabilitation du tennis féminin et le DTN espère qu'il portera vite ses fruits. "On travaille à tous les étages de la fusée", dit-il.

Pour autant, Patrice Hagelauer veut demeurer optimiste, même s'il sait que du travail reste à faire.

"Malgré les blessures, chez les garçons, ça a été une année faste. Chez les filles, il faut progresser pour faire en sorte que toutes celles qui ont un potentiel aillent plus haut."

Dec 24th, 2010, 08:51 PM
Another one http://www.lesdessousdusport.fr/tennis-les-filles-ont-disparu-de-la-circulation-9526

Tennis : les filles ont disparu de la circulation


Que s’est-il passé sur le circuit féminin cette année ? Et en particulier du côté des françaises ? C’est la descente au fond du gouffre pour les Bleues cette année. On cherche, on cherche, mais c’est l’hécatombe.

Il y a un an, Amélie Mauresmo prenait sa retraite. On attendait la relève qui n’est jamais arrivée. Alors qu’en 2009 elles étaient 6 à être dans le Top 75 mondial, voilà qu’il n’y a plus que deux français dans les 75 premières places du classement WTA : la n°1 française Marion Bartoli et Aravanne Rezaï. A la 78e place, Alizée Cornet pointe le bout de son nez, elle était 11e en 2009, pour elle 2010 sonne comme une longue chute.

Finies les Mary Pierce, Nathalie Tauziat et Sandrine Testud : les joueuses françaises ont du mal à vaincre les machines américaines telles que les sœurs Williams. Le circuit féminin tombe dans l’oubli. Qui connaît la n°1 mondiale aujourd’hui ? Elle s’appelle Caroline Wozniacki et n’a remporté aucun Grand Chelem cette année.

Reste les Virginie Razzano, Mathilde Johansson et Pauline Parmentier qui pointent au-delà de la 100e place.

Espérons que 2011 soit un meilleur cru.

Dec 25th, 2010, 05:27 PM
yes what happening for french tennis is dramatic cause we had big history with big champions, many top10 players, one n°1 who was amélie.
Not a good period right now but France still has talent, youngs hopes are coming in junior and perhaps there are some future french champions in it.

I still have affection for alize, used to really trust in her potential but she just couldnt handle it. She made bad choices thinking she reached the top.
Wish her the best for 2011 but she has to improve so many things in her tennis. Make it more "smart" with real tactic. Only her can make it happen.
She must have determination and big self belief.

Jan 18th, 2011, 06:06 PM
Qualifiée aux dépens de l’Américaine Coco Vandeweghe (6-2, 6-1), Alizée Cornet n’a pas manqué son entame de tournoi à Melbourne. La Française, qui affrontera l’Espagnole Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP, n°26), s'est déclarée très contente par sa prestation.

« Je suis très contente. Il faut savoir se satisfaire de toutes les victoires, même si c'était facile aujourd'hui. Le score est révélateur du match. Mais bon, il y a des moments où j'ai dû serrer les boulons. Je ne l'ai pas laissée respirer. C'est une petite jeune mais je suis contente de l'avoir battue et d'avoir tenu mon rang. Je sais que c'est un événement important, avec beaucoup de points à la clé. J'ai essayé de m'enlever tout ça de la tête pour rentrer sur le court en me disant que j'allais me battre sur tous les points, rien lâcher. Le travail que je fais, notamment là-dessus, avec mon entraîneur Laurent Orsini paye. Avec la confiance, le jeu vers l'avant viendra. J'ai travaillé à la volée et déjà, quand j'y viens, je ne me sens pas perdue au filet », a affirmé Alizée Cornet sur le site de la Fédération Française de Tennis.

Source : sport365.fr

Jan 28th, 2011, 11:43 AM
Short audio interview


Feb 10th, 2015, 06:52 PM
ANTWERP, Belgium - No.7 seed Alizé Cornet survived a late wobble to defeat WTA Rising Star Belinda Bencic in the first round of the BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games on Tuesday.

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After recovering from a disastrous opening set, in which she won just nine points, Cornet appeared to be coasting towards victory when she took an equally one-sided second and then moved 3-1 ahead in the decider. However, with both players struggling to hold onto their serve, a nervous finale was always on the cards.

And so it proved, Bencic hanging doggedly onto Cornet's coattails. The Frenchwoman eventually got across the line, ending a run of four straight breaks to close out a 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 win.

"I have long matches quite often, I have to say," Cornet said. "Today, it was one more fight for me and I'm happy I got through finally. The end of the third set was really tight - there was only two or three points in it - and I was fighting for every point."

Cornet was part of the French Fed Cup team that upset Italy in Genoa last weekend, and the transition from clay to hard was not a seamless one. "In one week you get used to the clay and then you only have a few days to get used to the hard again. Even though the court is pretty slow here, in the beginning of the match, I was completely lost on the court, but I used the weapons I had and in the end it was enough."