Alizé Cornet did not miss his debut at the Roland-Garros Central.
The world No.52, who shares her impressions for Le Parisien during this fortnight, dominated her compatriot Chloé Paquet (6-3, 6-2) in less than an hour and a half.
Despite the tension, the Niçoise managed to control her nerves.
And forget the special context of this special Covid Roland-Garros.
“We're starting to get used to it,” she breathes.
At the US Open
(Editor's note: where she reached the 8th)
, playing on an empty Arthur-Ashe court is a shock, because it's even bigger than here.
Besides, there were a few people scattered here and there.
In fact, I was so focused on my game that I didn't even notice the stands.
It was only my clan that mattered.
Corentin Moutet bows after a marathon match of more than 6 hours!
With her experience, the young woman knows the Parisian public well.
And knows he can be a double-edged sword.
“There were times when the crowd would go crazy and carry me,” she recalls, and other times when it put so much pressure on me.
The French public is demanding and difficult to conquer.
They can be tough if you don't play at your best.
A convincing victory for Alizé Cornet!
Opposed to her compatriot Chloé Paquet, the Frenchwoman did not drag too much and easily won, 6/3, 6/2 in less than an hour and a half!
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In any case, Cornet appreciates the two major innovations of the year in Paris: the roof and the lighting.
"It's still super comfortable to know that when we enter the Philippe-Chatrier, we are sure to finish our match," she says.
When you have to stop at a set everywhere, go back to sleep in the middle of a game and come back to play a round the next day, it's unbearable.
There we have less uncertainty.
The Azurean, who will face the Chinese Zhang (seeded No. 12 Madison Keys) in the second round, will be a light sleeper… until her next PCR test.
"It's good, here I am quiet for three days," she smiles.
But I can't wait for it to end because it's hyper anxiety-provoking.
Already we are all stretched like crossbows… ”