Alize Cornet passed the first meeting of the United Cup with flying colors on Thursday, beating Maria Lourdes Carle 6-2, 6-1 in one hour and 15 minutes to give France a 1-0 lead over Argentina Gave. ,
in Perth. Cornet, a quarter-finalist at the 2022 Australian Open, had never faced the 147th-ranked Carle before. As a result, the first five games were filled with extended baseline trading, as both players tested each other’s play by refusing to fail.
It was Carle, a 22-year-old alumna from the University of Georgia, who first had the idea come to an end. An error gave Cornet an early break at 4-2, and the Frenchwoman built strongly on the momentum to win six straight games, including 13 of the last 14 points of the first set.
Cornet was in control at 2–0 in the second set, punishing Carle’s second serve and making the best of full-court play, until wasting three game points to make it 3–0. Carle took advantage, coming back with a vicious slice to seal the series of games against him.
But Cornette refuses to let this become a turning point. A stunning backhand winner sealed her 3-1 lead and didn’t lose another game, sealing her first match point with an official crush.
The United Cup will begin the 2023 season on both the ATP Tour and WTA Tour, with 18 nations competing in six groups in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. Each tie will consist of two ATP and two WTA singles matches and one mixed doubles match.