Last French still in the race in Toronto, Alizé Cornet lost in three sets (6-3, 4-6, 6-3) against Bianca Andreescu, Wednesday in the 2nd round. The Canadian will face the Chinese Qinwen Zhen, who took advantage of the retirement of Ons Jabeur. End of course also for Serena Williams, who said goodbye to the Canadian public.
There are no more French people racing in Toronto. Alizé Cornet, faller in the 1st round of Caroline Garcia, also in the running, fell in her second match, this Wednesday in the 2nd round of the Canadian tournament. Opposed to a Bianca Andreescu back in the foreground, the Niçoise lost in three sets (6-3, 4-6, 6-3) against the young Canadian, who had crunched the Russian Daria Kasatkina two days earlier when the latter had just won the San José tournament and had returned to the World Top 10 on Monday. Stronger on this part than the 40th in the ranking, the former world number 4, victorious of this tournament which takes place on her land in 2019 (year which had also seen her win the US Open), logically dominated the French number 2, who only really resisted one set at the 53rd in the standings. A second round that the quarter-finalist of the last Australian Open also won after being down 3-1.
Jabeur gives up, first farewell ceremony for S.Williams
On the other hand, in the other two sets, there was no real match between the two players, and it is therefore the former winner who continues her journey. In the round of 16, Andreescu will face the Chinese Qinwen Zheng, who dismissed Ons Jabeur on Wednesday by taking advantage of the abandonment at the start of the second set of the Tunisian, obviously suffering from stomach pains. Before heading to Cincinnati to continue his farewell tour, the future retiree Serena Williams, for her part, made her last outing in front of the public in Toronto. Never in the game, two days after announcing that she would bow out after the US Open, the legendary 40-year-old American champion did not weigh heavily against Belinda Bencic (loss 6-2, 6-4). The player with 23 Grand Slam titles was therefore entitled to her first ceremony. First poignant goodbyes during which she did not manage to hold back her tears. But it will take some getting used to.