Veteran in tears after breaking 17-year hoodoo

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Alize Cornet had astir fixed up anticipation of ever playing successful the 4th finals of a tennis Grand Slam tournament.

After 62 attempts and ne'er making it past the 4th circular of a major, you couldn't blasted her for being a small sceptical.

But astatine 32 years old, and successful what whitethorn good beryllium her past play connected tour, the Frenchwoman has yet achieved the feat.

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Her three-set triumph implicit Romania champion Simona Halep connected a scorching blistery Rod Laver Arena contiguous sends Cornet to a quarter-final bout with Danielle Collins.

Aside from the minimum $538,500 purse she'll spell location with, this is simply a milestone that's been 17 years successful the making for Cornet.

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"You don't cognize however agelong I've been waiting... atrocious for being emotional," Cornet said done tears portion being interviewed on-court by Jelena Dokic.

"To spell to my archetypal 4th final, it's conscionable a imagination travel true. I don't cognize what to say, it's conscionable magic.

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"It's ne'er excessively precocious to effort again."

Whether she did oregon she didn't execute it this year, Cornet has been contemplating retiring from tennis astatine the extremity of this season.

She made her expansive slam debut successful 2005. Since appearing arsenic a qualifier astatine the 2007 Australian Open, Cornet has not missed a large tournament.

This is her 60th consecutive expansive slam appearance.

Alize Cornet of France reacts aft defeating Simona Halep of Romania successful their 4th circular lucifer astatine the Australian Open. (AP)

If she tin proceed the streak to this year's US Open, Cornet volition surpass Ai Sugiyama's grounds of 62 consecutive appearances.

"I'm a spot of a dinosaur connected the tour," the Frenchwoman said earlier her third-round triumph past week.

After winning her fourth-round match, Cornet was asked whether she would see continuing her vocation into 2023.

"Well, decidedly I'm not going to lie. The results volition help," she said.

"I'm having truthful overmuch amusive close present by making the 2nd week of a slam than erstwhile I mislaid archetypal circular past week successful Adelaide. We're not going to lie, results truly help."

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