Sat. May 21st, 2022

Australian Open audiences have broken out in song to celebrate birthday girl Alize Cornet’s milestone victory on Saturday.

The French veteran came from a set and two breaks down to win 4-6 6-4 6-2 over 29. seeded Tamara Zidansek.

And after forgetting to mention it during an emotional interview in court, Cornet had one last request for the audience – which you can see in the video above.

Cornet is back in the fourth round for the first time since she was a teenager at the 2009 Australian Open, and doing so on her 32nd birthday was all the more magical.

She sealed the victory after two hours and 48 minutes, with temperatures in Melbourne already well over 30 degrees.

“I did not miss this Australian heat. It’s so brutal. It’s really about surviving on the pitch, ”Cornet said.

“I simply can not believe I won this match. I was 6-4 4-1 down. I could not find the solution.

“Tamara played great tennis, I did not play my best. I just kept going, I kept fighting, I put all the resilience I could into this fight.

“It’s a magical victory for me. It’s been 13 years since my first fourth round and I’m back. Oh god!”

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The post-match case miraculously ended without mentioning her birthday – until Cornet herself pushed interviewer Ian Cohen in the right direction as she left court.

“Oh! Well stay here,” Cohen said.

“I need help from everyone here at Margaret Court Arena. What’s your message, Alize?”

Cornet told fans, “I forgot I was too emotional. Today is my birthday, boys.”

Cohen grabbed the microphone: “So, ladies and gentlemen. Pop back in the middle here. When you count three …”

Alize Cornet celebrated her birthday in style in Melbourne Park.
Alize Cornet celebrated her birthday in style in Melbourne Park. Credit: Ni / Stan

The audience immediately began singing happy birthday, and Cornet celebrated in style, conducting his choir with a wide smile.

Cornet had just finished thanking the fans for their part in her comeback victory.

“I feel the love for this crowd. It pushes me all the time, it’s so special,” she said in the previous interview.

“Even though I’m not an Aussie, I do not even know if you like Frenchmen, but you give me so much love.

“That’s really what’s pushed me through today. Thank you, I hope you will be there in the next round.”

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The joyous scene stood in stark contrast to a previous match with the chair referee.

When he fought back in the second set, knowing how close she had been to elimination, Cornet took a problem with a time violation.

The judge thought she had wasted time by checking the sun in her eyes during a service motion.

“I took the ball and I went right here on the line. What’s your problem with me? “Said an offended Cornet.

Commentators discussed the incident, saying Cornet was right.

“She has completely lost the plot by the chair judge,” another commentator said.

“But she (the referee) has done it with both players.”

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