Cornet dedicates win to victims

Alize Cornet has dedicated her 6-4 2-6 7-5 Hopman Cup victory over Agnieszka Radwanska to her compatriots killed in a terrorist attack.

On Wednesday the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were stormed by gunmen who killed 12 people and injured 11 others.

Cornet was visibly moved by the news, and says her comeback from six games down to win was inspired by the news.

Cornet said: "I learned about it during (Hopman Cup team mate) Benoit Paire's singles match two days ago. I was horrified. I was so shocked and very emotional about it. 

"These people that they killed, it is kind of the patrimony of France. It is the people that you know so well. You have the feeling they are part of your family.

"Twelve people dead and all this violence… it touches the whole world and the whole humanity, and we really have to be strong.

"I will need some time to be over it, because right now it touches me and I know it is the same for all French people."

Cornet had "Je Suis Charlie" (I am Charlie) taped to her bag and says the message, which has been the phrase used by those all over the world showing support for th victims, and what it represented inspired her.

She added: "Each time I was going to my chair at the changeover, I was seeing the message and it was coming to my mind.

"I was thinking, 'You are here, you have the chance to do what you like and play in front of this amazing crowd, so just have fun and give everything and try to play for them, try to win for them'.

"It is a good thing, because I can bring this message even more (to people) when I win this match.

"For me, it is very important, because we have to be conscious that what happened is really, really bad and that we have to stay strong."

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