No all-French final in Limoges as Cornet loses

Home fans at the Open de Limoges were denied an all-French final as Alize Cornet suffered defeat to Ekaterina Alexandrova in the semi-finals after Caroline Garcia overcame Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

Top seed Garcia needed two hours and 24 minutes to see off a player ranked 142 places below her, coming through 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 7-6 (8-6).

But Cornet was stunned by Alexandrova as she collapsed in the final set, losing 3-6 6-2 6-0.

Meanwhile, at the OEC Taipei WTA Challenger, Evgeniya Rodina only had to play a set in her semi-final as Olga Govortsova retired after losing the first 6-2. She will face Chang Kai-Chen in the final following her surprise 6-3 6-2 victory over Marina Erakovic.