Top seed Serena Williams is heading home early from a major for the third straight time as Alize Cornet pulled off a huge upset in the third round of Wimbledon with a three-set win (1-6, 6-3, 6-4).
Williams, 32, cruised through the first two rounds of the tournament. She dropped just five total games in triumphs over Anna Tatishvili and Chanelle Scheepers. It solidified her status as the favorite, but Cornet, 24, was definitely going to provide a tougher test.
Bleacher reports say the pair played earlier in the year on the hard courts of Dubai, where Cornet was able to pick up a straight-sets victory. That was her first win in four meetings with the American. Most impressively, she faced only one break point in the match.
Cornet played some very strong defense early. She was even turning it into offense with some flat shots off both wings to pressure the top seed. It was enough to score an immediate break, the first of the tournament against Williams.
The lead didn’t last long, however, as Williams broke back in the second game of the opening set to get back level. Consistent holds against the power of the No. 1 player in the world is always a challenge.
Cornet was able to make inroads on the return for the second straight time before rain started falling with the third game at deuce.