WTA Abierto Mexicano Telcel: Alize Cornet saves nine match points to reach semis

Last Updated: 01/03/13 10:01am

  • Share:
Alize Cornet: Survived nine match points to beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino

Alize Cornet: Survived nine match points to beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino

Sky Bet

Alize Cornet booked a spot in the semi-finals of the Abierto Mexicano Telecel after battling to a 3-6 7-6 (12-10) 7-6 (7-2) win over Lourdes Dominguez Lino.

The third seed looked to be on her way out after falling a set and 3-0 down but fought back to edge out her Spanish opponent, saving an incredible nine match points in the process.

In the back-and-forth contest Domingez Lino secured more breaks of serve, recording 10 to Cornet's eight, but it was the Frenchwoman who eventually came through after 3 hours and 33 minutes.

"My God, I just cannot believe I won this match. I saved I don't know how many match points, I think eight - it was such a great fight, and such a great match," Cornet told the WTA's official website.

"Lourdes was one point away from having the victory many times, but I just kept fighting and stayed very focused on every point. I had to dig very deep inside of me to find the power to win this match.

"Now I really have to focus on my recovery for the semi-finals tomorrow (Friday)."

Cornet will face top seed Sara Errani in the last four after the French Open finalist completed a 6-4 6-4 victory over Kiki Bertens.

Errani was playing in the last match of the day and took an hour and 36 minutes to complete the victory, finishing the job shortly before 1am local time.

  • Share:


WTA Abierto Mexicano Telcel 2013

Sara Errani: Second straight triumph in this event

Errani defends Mexico crown

Top seed Sara Errani retained her Abierto Mexicano Telcel title with a 6-0 6-4 win over Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.

Sara Errani: Only hit one second serve in the whole match

Errani makes Cornet crumble

Sara Errani cruised into the Abierto Mexicano Telcel final after recording a 6-2 6-1 victory over Alize Cornet.

Irina-Camelia Begu: Was given a score in Acapulco but progressed to second round

Seeds progress in Acapulco

Irina-Camelia Begu led a trio of seeds in progressing to the second round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco.

Most Popular


Ready to relaunch

Ready to relaunch

Mike Wedderburn kicks off the countdown to the Sky Sports News relaunch to Sky Sports News HQ.

Fed v The Don

Fed v The Don

Roger Federer scales new heights against Lindsey Vonn in chocolate heaven. We pay a visit to Switzerland.

Summer stars

Summer stars

Who, aside from the big four, should shine during the North American swing? Barry Cowan assesses…