Alize Cornet gave it everything she had against Serena Williams in the Charleston semifinals, but it wasn't enough. Cornet had already gone through Michaella Krajicek, Sara Errani, Sorana Cirstea, and Agnes Szavay (great match) to get to the semis, but then Williams defeated her, 7-5, 6-3.
Soon, Cornet will get another chance, on slower clay, to test her game against Williams' game. Today, she upset number 3 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-2, 6-4. I don't know much about Cornet's game on other surfaces, but on clay, she is explosive, and displays beautiful court movement.
Number 2 seed Maria Sharapova got past Caroline Wozniacki, 6-4, 7-6, and Patty Schnyder defeated Marion Bartoli in what appears to have been a real thriller--4-6, 6-4, 7-6.
The other big upset today was in doubles. The team of Jans/Jugic-Salkic defeated number 2 seeds Srebotnik/Sugiyama, 1-6, 7-5, 10-4.