French tennis veteran Aliza Cornet paid respect to the recent Grand Slam champions after her Australian Open exit on Wednesday.
Cornet lost her first quarter-final appearance at Melbourne Park. However, she was defeated and knocked out of the tournament in her 63rd Grand Slam appearance.
The 32-year-old recently revealed that she was in awe of those who can actually go all the way. She expressed her appreciation for those who win the seven games and go on to win the tournament.
Cornet paid respect to the recent Grand Slam champions, saying that it was incredibly hard to win Grand Slams and do it consistently.
“The first thought that comes to my mind right now is that I have eternal respect for the Grand Slam winner because it’s such a long way,” she told France24 after being defeated 7-5, 6-1 to Danielle Collins.
“My God, I have the feeling I’m playing this tournament for a year. I’m so exhausted mentally, physically.
“When you go all the way and win these freaking seven matches, it’s just huge. I respected the Grand Slam winner before, but now even more because I only did half of the way, a little bit more than half.
“It seemed to me like, oh my God, you need to be so strong on every aspect to go to the end.”
Love and support
“It was amazing to receive all this love. Not only from my family, my friends, but also from other players in the locker room, by text,” she continued.
“It felt amazing to see that people were actually really happy for me. Of course, on the social media, I saw that my story was touching people.”