Cornet, featuring in her first Grand Slam quarter-final in her 63rd consecutive major, battled back from 2-5 to level, but from there Collins’ ferocious hitting stormed towards the final four.
“I had a great match today. Really happy about how I'm feeling physically and mentally. Hopefully we can keep it going,” stated the 27th seed, who has been rebuilding with pure determination since undergoing surgery for endometriosis in April last Spring.
"I think one of the things that's most gratifying is just the amount of work over such a long period of time kind of coming all together. It's not something that happens over a year or two years. It starts from the time you're a kid, all of the hard work you've put in."
Cornet bemoaned a lack of energy in the tank to tackle a fierce competitor like Collins, but was thrilled by her fortnight in Melbourne.
"She didn't scream that much. When I see her playing on TV, sometimes she's yelling, ‘C'mon.’ She looks like a lion. Today I don't think I gave her enough battle so she could express herself,” reflected the Frenchwoman.
“It showed me when I reflect on this that I'm maybe tougher than what I thought, that I can beat many good players in a row even in a Slam. I should just keep believing, keep working. Maybe an exciting season is ahead of me.”