Thursday, 17 October, 2019

Cornet beats Minella in Gstaad clay-court final

Cornet beats Minella in Gstaad clay-court final Cornet beats Minella in Gstaad clay-court final
Shannon Reynolds | 25 July, 2018, 00:46

Cornet will meet Mandy Minella in Sunday's final after she battled back from a set down to beat Marketa Vondrousova 4-6 6-2 6-2, securing her first WTA final appearance less than a year after giving birth.

Top seed Sevastova will provide tough competition for the Croatian, though, after Polona Hercog's retirement gave her a comfortable path into the final.

The German climbed to No.4 in the world rankings after her 6-3 6-3 win over Serena Williams to claim her first Wimbledon title at the All England Club last week.

Cornet - who made the final after opponent Eugenie Bouchard retired hurt in Saturday's semifinal - had more opportunities in her next return game and eventually broke again at the sixth time of asking to lead 4-2.

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Cornet had two match points at 6-5 in the second set before eventually winning four points on the spin in the breaker to seal victory. She played very fast, so I didn't feel as good as the other days because I didn't have time to play.

"It happened in the second point of the match", said Bouchard.

Minella, from Luxembourg is ranked 266 and was playing her first WTA final at age 32.

The 28-year-old Frenchwoman clinched the first set with a drop-shot victor, and saved two set points in the second-set tiebreaker. Following the match, Bouchard said "someone else can carry the burden of Canada" citing that the loss affected her confidence level. As the probe went on, she kept playing and was finally cleared this year. "I'm glad to be in the final. and I hope I can get to the trophy". "They're two great players, and I'm happy to play both of them".

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