'Beautiful': Star's selfless Jelena Dokic act has Aus Open fans in tears

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Australian Open quarter-finalist Alize Cornet shared a beautiful moment with commentator Jelena Dokic (pictured) during their interview. (Images: Australian Open/Eurosport)
Australian Open quarter-finalist Alize Cornet shared a beautiful moment with commentator Jelena Dokic (pictured) during their interview. (Images: Australian Open/Eurosport)

French star Alize Cornet has selflessly delivered one of the most heartwarming moments of the Australian Open after praising former Aussie star Jelena Dokic only moments after reaching her first quarter-final.

Cornet has encapsulated the importance of perseverance at this year's Australian Open after reaching her first quarter-final after 63 grand slam tournaments.

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The 32-year-old, who turned pro at the age of 16, collapsed to the floor in the sweltering heat as she defeated two-time grand slam champ Simona Halep 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in a brutal match.

Cornet and Halep were left utterly exhausted as they took every chance to rest in the shade during the gruelling conditions on court.

The French star was sobbing tears of joy after making history and was called upon to do her post-match interview with commentator Dokic.

In a lovely moment, Dokic went over and hugged Cornet - the two were both on the WTA circuit together in the past - and congratulated her on reaching her first quarter-final.

The pair enjoyed a lovely interview as Cornet told the crowd it was 'never too late' to achieve their dreams.

Dokic finished the interview so the exhausted Cornet could get some rest as the crowd joined in on the huge applause.

But in a beautifully selfless moment, Cornet waited for the crowd to finish and turned the attention on Dokic.

"I also want to tell you [Dokic] something, how you moved on in your life, I think we can all congratulate you," Cornet said.

"You were an amazing player and now you are an amazing commentator. So [applause]."

The pair embraced, before Dokic said: "You've just made me cry."

The tennis world was quick to praise the beautiful moment as Cornet chose to share her moment with Dokic.

Cornet is playing her 60th grand slam in a row.

Earlier in the interview, Cornet continued to win over the fans when she hoped her Australian Open run was an example that it was "never too late to try again".

Jelena Dokic opens up on past battles

Achieving a career-high ranking of World No.4 in 2002, Dokic's career was limited by the looming presence of her father, who was memorably banned from the Australian Open in 2001 for abusive behaviour.

Since returning to public life when she became a commentator for Fox Sports in 2017 and publishing her autobiography later that year, Dokic has been candid about the many challenges she's face both during and after her playing career.

Before the Australian Open, Dokic said she “would be lying if I said I was doing well” after confirming the heartbreaking news that she and longtime boyfriend Tin Bikic had broken up.

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