FRENCH FEUD: France's Caroline Garcia faces countrywoman Alize Cornet in the fourth round at Roland Garros.
FRENCH FEUD: France's Caroline Garcia faces countrywoman Alize Cornet in the fourth round at Roland Garros. Petr David Josek

French feud as pair pushes for quarters

A FEUD that has split French women's tennis could come to a head when countrywomen Alize Cornet and Caroline Garcia clash for a place in the Roland Garros quarter-finals.

Cornet reached the last 16 for the just second time with a 6-2 6-1 win over Polish ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, while Garcia beat Taiwan's world number 109 Hsieh Su-Wei 6-4 4-6 9-7.

Those wins guaranteed the home nation at least one quarter-finalist in Paris for the first time since Marion Bartoli in 2011.

However, Cornet admitted that her relationship with Garcia had broken down and they barely spoke to each other.

 

 

 

FEUD: Alize Cornet.
FEUD: Alize Cornet. ETIENNE LAURENT

 

"I think that the relationship is not very good," said the 27-year-old.

"She's not ready to talk with me. So I don't think that it will be good to talk to her, because we are playing against each other."

Garcia fell out with her Fed Cup teammates after she severed her successful doubles relationship with Kiki Mladenovic.

The 23-year-old then pulled out of the Fed Cup team in April despite being nominated for the tie with Spain.

When she withdrew in April, Mladenovic, Cornet and teammate Pauline Parmentier all tweeted: "LOL", all within a minute of each other.

Garcia hit back in a newspaper interview, saying the "words were hurtful".

Over the weekend there was no sign of a thaw in the ice-cold relationship with Cornet.

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