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Cornet sets sights on second Hobart title

France's Alize Cornet is through to the Hobart International semi-finals after beating Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen in straight sets.

Cornet sets sights on second Hobart title

France's Alize Cornet is through to the Hobart International semi-finals after beating Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen in straight sets.

ALIZE CORNET of France plays a shot during her singles quarter final match during day six of the 2019 Hobart International at Domain Tennis Centre in Hobart, Australia.
ALIZE CORNET of France plays a shot during her singles quarter final match during day six of the 2019 Hobart International at Domain Tennis Centre in Hobart, Australia. Picture:Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Frenchwoman Alize Cornet has one eye on a second Hobart International title and the other on a return to the world's top 20.

The sixth seed dispatched Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen 6-1 6-4 on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the tournament she won in 2016.


Cornet has yet to drop a set at Hobart and at world No. 47 is the highest-ranked player in the final four, after the top four seeds fell in the opening round.

"To be in the semi-final is a great start to the year," Cornet said.

The 28-year-old, whose ranking peaked at No.11 a decade ago, feels she is hitting well enough to make a rankings climb.

"I definitely think that my tennis could be good enough to be back in the top 20. I'm working a lot on the mental part, because that's as important as the physical part," she said.

Cornet will face Sofia Kenin for a place in the Hobart final, with the 20-year-old American continuing her impressive run by beating veteran Kirsten Flipkins 7-5 7-5.

Kenin, who beat top seed Caroline Garcia in the opening round, is gunning for her first WTA final.

Former world No.7 Belinda Bencic is also through to the semi-finals, overcoming big-hitting 18-year-old Ukranian Dayana Yastremska 7-6 (7-2) 6-3.

The Swiss ace had a double break early in the opening set but Yastremska reeled off four games straight to push it to a tie-break.

"She's really tricky to play. She goes hit or miss. I really tried to put a lot of balls back and hoped for the best," Bencic said.

Bencic, who recently won the Hopman Cup with Swiss compatriot Roger Federer will meet Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in Friday's first semi-final after the Slovakian beat Romanian Irina-Camelia Bega 7-5 7-5.

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