Williams vs Cornet full game result,recap, video highlights and replay August 8, 2017.
Serena Williams Defeats Alize Cornet to Advance in Rio, third round of the women’s singles tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, defeating Alize Cornet in straight sets Monday, 7-6 (5), 6-2.
While Williams entered the match as the favorite to advance, Cornet has given her trouble lately. The two had split their six head-to-head meetings in WTA tournaments, with Cornet coming out victorious in the last three.
The 26-year-old is the last woman to beat Williams at Wimbledon, knocking her out in the third round in 2014.
As if gaining a measure of revenge against Cornet wasn’t enough to motivate Williams, this was also her first match since her loss in the opening round of the women’s doubles tournament. She and sister Venus were previously unbeaten together in the Olympics.
Williams got off to a quick start Monday, jumping ahead 3-0 in the first set. But Cornet battled back in the next two games. The French star frustrated Williams with her dogged determination at the baseline. Her speed and recovery extended points and neutralized her opponent’s heavy groundstrokes.
After dropping the fifth game of the set, Williams let her anger out on her racket.
In the 10th game, Williams was serving just to stay in the set after Cornet had gone ahead 5-4. She staved off two set points before taking the game and tying the set.
Williams seemed to have things in control when she broke Cornet’s serve in the 11th game and had an opportunity to serve for the set. However, she dropped the game, forcing a tiebreaker. She regained her composure to win the tiebreaker and go a set ahead.
ESPN.com’s J.A. Adande was impressed by how hard Cornet pushed Williams: