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Alize Cornet has embarrassing moment at French Open

After overcoming an embarassing serivce error, Alize Cornet defeated Mirjana Lucic-Baroni to reach the fourth round of the French Open.

French player overcomes service gaffe to win 3rd-round match

Alize Cornet serves to the wrong side in her match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, but still advanced to the fourth round of the French Open. (Twitter)

Alize Cornet's 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni puts the 29th seed into the fourth round of the French Open for the first time in 11 attempts.

But in the 10th game of a tense third set, with Cornet on her second serve at 30-30, she served to the right when her opponent was standing on the left.


Feeding off the energy of the partisan centre-court crowd, the Frenchwoman let out angry screams and pumped her fists to release the tension. At deuce in the 11th game, she slipped and did the splits.

Cornet celebrated her victory as if she had won the tournament, falling onto her back, letting out a scream and then bursting into tears. Picking herself up, she rushed to the net to thank her opponent, forgetfully leaving her racket behind her on the clay. A helpful ball-boy later retrieved it.

"At last, I'm into the second week at Roland. I've been waiting for this for 11 years," she said.


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