Alize Cornet advances to semifinals at Hobart International
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 11, 2019 08:27 AM
FILE - In this Tuesday July 3, 2018 file photo, Alize Cornet of France returns the ball to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during the women's singles match on the second day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
HOBART, Australia (AP) — Former Hobart International champion Alize Cornet moved a step closer to another title in Tasmania with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen in the quarterfinals Thursday.
The sixth-seeded Cornet, who won the event in 2016 and hasn't dropped a set this year, overcame a fall and skinned knee to reach the semifinals.
Cornet served for the match at 5-2 in the second set but was broken as Minnen hit some clean winners.
"To finally close it out at 5-4, I was pretty tight, so I'm happy I could finish the match," Cornet said. "To be in the semifinal is a great start to the year."
Cornet will next play Sofia Kenin for a place in the final. The 20-year-old American beat veteran Kirsten Flipkins 7-5, 7-5.
In other quarterfinal matches, Belinda Bencic beat Dayana Yastremska 7-6 (2) 6-3 and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova defeated Irina-Camelia Begu 7-5, 7-5.