Cornet sends Radwanska crashing out

Unseeded Alize Cornet hammered Polish ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska to reach the last 16 at Roland Garros in Paris on Saturday. 

The Frenchwoman downed Radwanska 6-2, 6-1 in a match lasting one hour and 23 minutes by mixing up her play with drop shots to give her opponent very little rhythm on the Philippe Chatrier show court.

From the start in the opening set, Cornet's forehand drop shot was the weapon which put her in control and she never really looked back.

Despite exchanging breaks early on Cornet picked apart Radwanska's game and forced her into errors on important points.  

Cornet won the first set 6-2 when Radwanska put a forehand wide.

The second set started well for Radwanska when she claimed her opponent's serve in the first game but then dropped her own serve three times for Cornet to serve out the set and match 6-1, claiming the victory on her second match point.

In an interview courtside afterwards, Cornet was ecstatic telling the crowd there was no better feeling than playing in front of her home crowd.

"There are no words," Cornet told the crowd. "It is fantastic to be able to play so well on centre court. There was no better scenario.

"Clay is not my favourite surface but I feel so well on this centre court. I did not let her dictate the points, stayed close to my baseline and tried to mix it up with drop shots. I saw it was working so I continued."

Cornet will next face France's Caroline Garcia in the Last 16. 

Saturday's completed women's third round results:
28-Caroline Garcia (France) beat Hsieh Su-Wei (Taiwan) 6-4 4-6 9-7
21-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat 14-Elena Vesnina (Russia) 6-4 6-4
Alize Cornet (France) beat 9-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 6-2 6-1

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