Wimbledon 2014: Alize Cornet hopes she can emulate Marion Bartoli and lift title
Last Updated: 29/06/14 4:17pm
Alize Cornet is taking inspiration from Marion Bartoli's Wimbledon "miracle" as she attempts to capitalise on a spellbinding victory over five-time champion Serena Williams.
With Bartoli deciding to retire within weeks of holding aloft the Venus Rosewater Dish last July, and teenage prospect Caroline Garcia tumbling out on Saturday, Cornet is France's last representative in the women's singles going into the second week after she saw off world no 1 Williams in three sets.
Bartoli said on the eve of this year's tournament it was miraculous that she had won Wimbledon with an injured shoulder and her best days apparently behind her.
Now Cornet hopes a little of the good fortune that allowed Bartoli to cap her career in glory can rub off on her.
"What better way than to beat Serena and get through to the second week," said the 24-year-old from Nice, who next faces Canada's Eugenie Bouchard on Monday.
"My first appearance in the last 16 of a grand slam, at the Australian Open (in 2009), feels a thousand years ago.
"I am super happy but my tournament isn't over. If I could have the same destiny as Marion last year, I'd sign for it straight away."
Her next opponent Bouchard has already reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open and French Open this year and the 20-year-old from Montreal is targeting another good run.
"I wouldn't consider myself deep into Wimbledon at this stage. I'm into the second week, which is great. But I want to go so much further."
Their match opens Centre Court on Monday, and another highlight may follow in the third match on Court One.
Immediately after her boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov tackles Leonardo Mayer, it will fall to Maria Sharapova to show why many expect her to lift the trophy.
Sharapova was seeded to tackle Williams in the quarter-finals, but will tackle Angelique Kerber for the right to instead take on Cornet or Bouchard in the last eight.
Fresh from winning her second French Open, Sharapova is also targeting Wimbledon triumph number two, a decade after landing her first at the age of 17 and 12 months after losing in the second round to qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito.
"I'm quite happy with the way I've gone about things so far," said Sharapova, who beat American Alison Riske in round three.
"I'm happy I've gone further than last year, erasing those memories and trying to form new ones."
Dimitrov and Sharapova may be perceived the power couple in tennis but the 27-year-old Russian feels at ease in their relationship and believes it is helping her tennis.
"I think it's always nice to have a great balance. What you do on the court and off the court, they're very different. But it's great to have the right balance because ultimately a career only lasts for so many years, especially for a woman," Sharapova said.