Seed No.25 Alize Cornet recorded the biggest surprise of Wimbledon so far by ousting five-time champion Serena Williams 1-6 6-3 6-4 in the third round. Actually, this is Cornet’s second straight victory over the world No.1 Williams, having also beaten her in the semifinals of Dubai earlier this year.
Cornet broke Serena in the first game of the match and that was all we got from the Frenchwoman in the first set, as Serena looked on her way to another routine victory. But we got a completely different story in the second set. Cornet established a 5-0 lead and a comeback effort by Williams was not strong enough, as the American approached with three straight games, but didn’t pull off an absolute revival. In the decider, Cornet made a crucial break in the fifth game to lead 3-2 and confirmed it with a hold for 4-2. That’s when things started looking grim for the favorite Serena, but not really grim, as no deficit is too big for her. But when Cornet broke yet again to lead 5-2 the situation was alarming for the great Serena and even though she didn’t let her opponent serve it out in the following game, the next time Cornet served it was the end of Serena.
The 24th-ranked Cornet is now in the fourth round of a Grand Slam only for the second time in her career, after the 2009 Australian Open. Her next opponent will be seed No.13 Eugenie Bouchard, who defeated seed No.20 Andrea Petkovic 6-3 6-4. (photo: Jimmie48)