World number 56 Alize Cornet will be up against Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova in the fourth round of the 2020 US Open with the match to be played on Monday, September 7. The match timing is still to be scheduled. Get the live streaming options of this Alize Cornet v Tsvetana Pironkova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alize Cornet v Tsvetana Pironkova Head to Head
Cornet and Pironkova have played each other thrice but it almost seems to be another era. Pironkova leads 2-1 with both of her wins having come on clay. Cornet won their only meeting, which was also their last, on the hard courts of the Indian Wells Open in 2011.
Cornet Aiming at First Ever Quarterfinal
Cornet’s been playing at the highest level, at Grand Slams since 2005 but has never made it past the fourth round. 16 years since she played her first ever major, this is a good chance.
In fact the last time Cornet appeared in the round of 16 at a Grand Slam was at the 2017 French Open, while having never done that at the US Open. Before this year that is.
The draw this time has been favourable, at least in her first two rounds as she defeated Lauren Davis and Ysaline Bonaventure but coming into round three, Madison Keys looked a favourite to end her journey. Turns out Keys suffered a neck injury in in their match and struggled throughout the end of the opening set and the start of the second, before calling it quits.
Cornet was leading 7-6, 3-2 at that stage.
And now Cornet will be up against a player who is in her first tournament since 2017. What better chance than this to make it to your first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal, aged 30!
Pironkova Continues to Send Shockwaves
If someone had backed Pironkova to make it this far, a fourth round at the first tournament she’s playing – a Grand Slam no less – since 2017, the person would have made a few bucks by now. If the same person would have backed the Bulgarian to win three matches in straight sets, there might have been a few more than a few bucks in the pocket.
Who would have thought anyway. Pironkova’s entry back into the playing arena has been a quiet one, there have been no grand plans, no big entrances, like Serena Williams or Kim Clijsters, just a quiet decision to return to the sport she so loved.
Pironkova’s first round win over Luidmila Samsonova was bit of a surprise in how she managed to carve her opponent out in straight sets despite being away for a while. The surprises only grew bigger from there on.
First it was the Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza who was sent packing in straight sets in the second round and then the world number 24 Donna Vekic who failed to withstand Pironkova’s consistency. Just seven unforced errors from Pironkova made things that much difficult for her Croatian opponent and when the Bulgarian won 76% of her first serve points, it was never going to get easy for Vekic.
Pironkova now has an opponent she has beaten before, in another life, but the big question as she reaches the second week of the tournament, is whether she is physically geared up for the challenge of playing so many matches in succession after years of being away.
Cornet v Pironkova Prediction & Tip
Bookmakers have pegged both, Cornet and Pironkova at 10/11, which is also the first time in the tournament the Bulgarian doesn’t start off as a second-favourite. We are possibly looking at a hard-fought three-setter.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 5/4 (bet365)