France’s Alize Cornet, who lost a three-hour semifinal to Sara Errani at the Paris Indoors, says the home crowd seemed to support her more than ever before. Wimbledon champion and compatriot Marion Bartoli said it took her much of her career to be loved by the Parisian crowds.
“The crowd really supported its French No. 1. I really wanted to be in the final here, I've felt such a…. I feel I'm gonna talk like Marion,” Cornet said. “I've felt such a cohesion with the crowd, so much love...This is one of the first times that it is strong. People were chanting my name and it has rarely happened to me.”
World No. 25 Cornet added that she feels like she is ready to take the next step in her career.
“If you play four matches at this level, it proves that I am ready even to go in the second week of Grand Slam,” she said. “No problem. There were lots of beautiful things. I feel like I've turned a corner.”