The pair traded blows as Ostapenko tried to find more inroads into the Frenchwoman’s service games. With the fans urging her on, Cornet rallied after tweaking her upper thigh sliding into a forehand at 4-3. She didn’t face another break point, holding up under Ostapenko’s baseline scrutiny.
After an hour and 43 minutes, she put a period on the chapter and turned the page. Zheng Qinwen, the 19-year-old who ousted Simona Halep earlier in the day, awaits in the third round.
Many of Ostapenko’s matches seem to be on her racquet, and this one was no different. In the opening set, the Latvian was being punished on serve: she didn’t win a single first-serve point, and was broken three times.
But in the second set, she won 92% (11/12) of first-serve points, and easily took control of the match against Cornet, who couldn’t create a break opportunity. With both players on more even footing in the third, the Frenchwoman was getting more returns in play and taking away that advantage.
For Cornet, the match was decided from the baseline. She fired 10 winners and made just five unforced errors, while Ostapenko barraged her with 26 winners. But Ostapenko undid her efforts with 48 unforced errors, which made up over half of the 80 points Cornet won during the match.