Alize Cornet loses it with Australian Open umpire in heated exchange

Alize Cornet

Alize Cornet was not happy with the umpire’s time violation (Picture: Michael Errey/AFP via Getty Images)

Alize Cornet lost her cool with chair umpire Katarzyna Radwan-Cho in a tense exchange during her Australian Open win over Tamara Zidansek.

The French star came from one set and two breaks down to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, against the No.29 seed to setup a fourth round meeting with Simona Halep.

But the match wasn’t short of drama as she clashed with the umpire during the opening set.

With the game poised at 4-4, she had her first serve taken away for a time violation as she attempted to adjust the angle of her serve to avoid the sun.

Cornet was furious though and proceeded to march towards the umpire to voice her disagreement.

‘This is insane. I didn’t do anything. I took my towel, I took the ball and I went. I didn’t even wait for one second,’ Cornet began the exchange.

‘I waited until the balls were dead and that’s when I started the clock’ Radwan-Cho replied.

Alize Cornet

Alize Cornet eventually went on to win the match in three sets (Picture: Michael Errey/AFP via Getty Images)

‘That’s impossible. I took the ball and I went straight here on the line. What is your problem with me?’ Cornet asked as she began to walk away before coming back for more.

‘Don’t say anything. Just listen to me.

‘It is very far and you have to walk every time. And you’re here just sitting and you’re like “time violation.” It’s a little bit too much.’

Cornet soon put the heated exchange behind her and went on to win the following two sets on what was her 32nd birthday.

She is now one win away from reaching a long-awaited maiden Grand Slam quarter-final and was clearly in good spirits at the end of the match as the crowd sang happy birthday to her.

‘I had a really great time on the court again with the crowd supporting me,’ said Cornet.

‘I want to fill my heart with all this energy without thinking I might get finally my quarterfinal that I’m looking for for the past 15 years. We’ll see how it goes.

‘I will keep doing my best on the court. If it happens, great. If not, it’s still amazing what I’m living every day here.’


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