Robin Soderling’s compatriot, Sofia Arvidsson, has been defeated by Alize Cornet of France in the first round of Open GDF Suez. Cornet won the match by 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.

This was a fine performance by Cornet. She put up a fantastic display of power game and outsmarted her opponent. It took her 103 minutes to make her way into the second round.

This was the fourth match between these two players. The previous three matches were won by Arvidsson. So, this was Cornet’s first victory over Arvidsson.

Cornet got a blistering start in the match. She broke her opponent’s serve in the 2nd and the 4th game of the opening set and was off to a lead of 5-0. But, she couldn’t finish the set in a hurry as Arvidsson broke her serve in the 6th game and won three consecutive games to reduce the lead to 3-5. The Swedish player needed one more serve break to equalize the scores, but, that didn’t happen. Cornet served out the 9th game and won the first set.

Cornet started the second set with a serve break in the opening game. But, she couldn’t capitalize on that lead. She dropped her serve in the fourth game and the scores were levelled at 2-2 at the end of the 4th game.

Arvidsson got two more breakthroughs in the 8th and the 10th game and won the second set by 6-4.

In the third set, Cornet absolutely demolished Arvidsson. With three successive serve breaks, the Frenchwoman finished off the set in a hurry.

In the next match, Cornet will take on the winner of the match between Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain and Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic. The match between Safarova and Lino will be played on Tuesday.