Kristina Mladenovic

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Kristina Mladenovic
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Mladenovic at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships
Native nameKristina Mladenovic
Country (sports)Flag of France.svg  France
Residence Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Born (1993-05-14) 14 May 1993 (age 25)
Saint-Pol-sur-Mer, France
Height1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Turned pro2009
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$9,222,538
Singles
Career record294–260 (53.07%)
Career titles1 WTA, 1 WTA 125K, 4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 10 (23 October 2017)
Current rankingNo. 64 (4 February 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2016)
French Open QF (2017)
Wimbledon 3R (2015, 2018)
US Open QF (2015)
Doubles
Career record304–146 (67.56%)
Career titles20 WTA, 1 WTA 125K, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 2 (24 October 2016)
Current rankingNo. 3 (22 October 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (2018)
French Open W (2016)
Wimbledon F (2014)
US Open F (2016, 2018)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals W (2018)
Mixed doubles
Career titles2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (2014)
French Open F (2013)
Wimbledon W (2013)
US Open SF (2013)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 20–9
Hopman Cup W (2017)
Last updated on: 9 February 2019.

Kristina "Kiki" Mladenovic (French pronunciation:  [kʁistina kiki mladɛnɔvitʃ] ; Serbian : Kristina Mladenović, Кристина Младеновић, pronounced  [kristǐːna mlâdenoʋitɕ, - mladěː-]; born 14 May 1993) is a French professional tennis player.

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Mladenovic has won one singles and twenty doubles titles on the WTA Tour, as well as four singles and seven doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 23 October 2017, she reached her highest WTA singles ranking of world No. 10. On 24 October 2016, she peaked at No. 2 in the WTA doubles rankings.

The WTA Tour is a worldwide top-tier tennis tour for women organized by the Women's Tennis Association. The second-tier tour is the WTA 125K series, and third-tier is the ITF Women's Circuit.

The ITF Women's Circuit is a series of professional tennis tournaments run by the International Tennis Federation for female professional tennis players.

Although Mladenovic has enjoyed success in singles, including two Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances at the 2015 US Open and the 2017 French Open, her greatest achievements have all come in doubles, having won the 2013 Wimbledon and 2014 Australian Open mixed doubles titles alongside Daniel Nestor, the 2016 French Open women's doubles title with Caroline Garcia, and the 2018 Australian Open women's doubles title with Tímea Babos. Mladenovic was the women's doubles runner-up in four other Grand Slam tournaments - the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, the 2016 US Open, the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open.

Serena Williams was the three-time defending champion, but she was defeated in the semifinals by the unseeded Roberta Vinci. In doing so, Williams missed the opportunity to become only the fourth woman to complete a calendar year Grand Slam by winning the tournament. She was also trying to set a new Open Era record by winning her seventh US Open singles title.

Garbiñe Muguruza was the defending champion, having won the tournament in 2016, but she was defeated in the fourth round by Kristina Mladenovic.

The 2013 Wimbledon Championships was a tennis tournament played on grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London in England. It was the 127th edition of the Wimbledon Championships and were held from 24 June to 7 July 2013. It was the third Grand Slam tennis event of the year and was part of the ATP World Tour, the WTA Tour, the ITF Junior Tour and the NEC Tour. The championships were organised by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and the International Tennis Federation.

Mladenovic had been representing France at the Fed Cup since 2012. Her Fed Cup win-loss record is 9–7 in singles and 11–2 in doubles. [1] She represented France at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games tennis tournaments.

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Fed Cup international team competition in womens tennis

Fed Cup is the premier international team competition in women's tennis, launched in 1963 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The competition was known as the Federation Cup until 1995. The Fed Cup is the world's largest annual women's international team sports competition in terms of the number of nations that compete. The current Fed Cup Chairperson is Katrina Adams.

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The tennis tournaments at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London were staged at the All England Club in Wimbledon, from 28 July to 5 August. This was the first Olympic grass court tournament since tennis was reintroduced as an Olympic sport and the first to be held at a Grand Slam venue in the Open era.

Personal life

Kristina Mladenovic was born in Saint-Pol-sur-Mer, in the Nord department of France. [2] [3] Her father is Dragan Mladenović, a former Serbian handball player and an Olympic gold medalist for Yugoslavia, and her mother Dženita is a Serbian former volleyball player. They moved to France in 1992 when Dragan was signed by Dunkerque HGL. [4] All became French citizens. [5] [6] Mladenovic has a brother named Luka. [4] She started dating Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem in the middle of 2017. [7]

Saint-Pol-sur-Mer former commune in Nord, France

Saint-Pol-sur-Mer is a former commune in the Nord department in northern France. Since 9 December 2010, it is part of the commune of Dunkirk. In 2006 it had 22,354 inhabitants. It is the second-largest suburb of the city of Dunkirk, and is almost encircled by it.

Nord (French department) Department of France

Nord is a department in the far north of France. It was created from the western halves of the historical counties of Flanders and Hainaut, and the Bishopric of Cambrai. The modern coat of arms was inherited from the County of Flanders.

Dragan Mladenović is a former Yugoslav handball player who competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Tennis career

Mladenovic started playing juniors in May 2006. In 2007 she became the European Under 14 singles champion. [4] Her biggest junior achievement was at the 2009 Junior French Open girls' singles, where she beat Daria Gavrilova of Russia in two sets in the final. [8] Her highest junior ranking was No. 1, on 8 June 2009. She advanced to both the girls' singles and doubles finals at the 2009 Junior Wimbledon, losing to Noppawan Lertcheewakarn in the singles. In doubles, with partner Silvia Njirić, lost also to Lertcheewakarn, who partnered Sally Peers.

Daria Gavrilova Russian tennis player

Daria Alexeyevna Gavrilova is an Australian professional tennis player of Russian descent. She represented Russia until 2015, before emigrating to Australia.

The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly known simply as Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and is regarded by many as the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877 and is played on outdoor grass courts.

Noppawan Lertcheewakarn Thai tennis player

Noppawan "Nok" Lertcheewakarn is a Thai professional tennis player. At Wimbledon 2009, she won the junior singles title. Lertcheewakarn has a highest rank on the WTA singles tour of 149 and doubles tour of 97.

She began playing on the ITF Women's Circuit in September 2007. On the WTA Tour she tried to qualify for Open Gaz de France, but lost her first match to Petra Kvitová. [9] At the 2009 Australian Open, Kristina received a wild card, but was defeated by the No. 14 seed, Patty Schnyder. [10] In July Kristina qualified for the ECM Prague Open but lost in the first round to Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan. [11] [12]

At the Internationaux de Strasbourg Mladenovic won her first match on the WTA Tour, coming back from 2–5 in the final set to win the tiebreak against Stefanie Vögele. [13]

Mladenovic played for France at the 2011 Hopman Cup, partnering with Nicolas Mahut. [14] France was drawn in the same group as the United States, Great Britain, and Italy. Mladenovic beat Francesca Schiavone and Laura Robson while losing to Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the singles matches. In the mixed doubles she and Mahut won one of their three matches.

2009-2011

Mladenovic turned professional in 2009, making her grand slam debut at that year's Australian Open. In 2011, she won her first Senior title at a $25,000 tournament in Sutton, defeating Mona Barthel. [15] This was followed by a win in Stockholm the following week, defeating Arantxa Rus in the final. [16]

2012: Breakthrough

At the start of the year Mladenovic linked up with Biljana Veselinovic but they split just before Wimbledon and since then she had been coached by Thierry Ascione. [4] Mladenovic claimed her first WTA Tour title of any type in Montreal when she and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik won the doubles title at the Rogers Cup. [17] Mladenovic made it through to the third round of the US Open after defeating Pavlyuchenkova. [18] At the Bell Classic in Québec, Mladenovic reached her first WTA semifinal. [19] With Tatjana Malek, Mladenovic won her second WTA doubles title at the Bell Classic. [20] Following her run to the semifinals, Mladenovic entered the top 100 in the rankings for the first time. [21] Mladenovic won the first ever WTA 125s event the Taipei WTA Ladies Open and took the doubles crown as well. [22]

2013: Grand Slam mixed doubles title

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Mladenovic at the 2013 US Open

At the Open GDF Suez, a Premier tournament, Mladenovic made the semifinals, including defeating Petra Kvitová. Teaming with Daniel Nestor she made it to the final of the French Open in mixed doubles where they were defeated. However, she and Nestor rebounded at the mixed doubles at Wimbledon capturing her first grand slam title.

At the 2013 US Open, she beat Anabel Medina Garrigues 6–1, 1–6, 6–1 in the first round and then lost to the 23rd seed Jamie Hampton in two sets. Mladenovic partnered up with Daniel Nestor to reach the semifinals of the mixed doubles, where they were defeated by the seventh-seeded team of Max Mirnyi and Andrea Hlaváčková 7–5, 6–7, [12–10].

2014: Continued success

Mladenovic would start 2014 off strong capturing her second mixed-doubles title at the Australian Open partnering again with Nestor. At the Open GDF Suez, she defeated Australian Open quarterfinalist Simona Halep in the first round. At Roland Garros, she upset Li Na (world No. 2 and 2011 champion) in the first round, her first top-5 win. She continued her strong performance with a three-set win over American Alison Riske in the second round. In the round of 32 she was beaten by eventual semifinalist Andrea Petkovic.

Mladenovic opened her grass-court season in Birmingham, but lost her opening match to Shahar Pe'er of Israel. She then competed in 's-Hertogenbosch qualifying, managing to win a round but ultimately falling to CoCo Vandeweghe, who would go on to qualify and win the entire tournament. At Wimbledon, she drew Zarina Diyas in the first round, but fell to the Kazakh in what was a rain delayed straight-set encounter. In the doubles draw, Mladenovic partnered Tímea Babos of Hungary, and reached their first Grand Slam women's doubles final, ultimately losing to Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in straight sets. She then stunned at the İstanbul Cup the third seed Klára Koukalová, but lost in the semifinals to No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki. Her strong run returned her to the top 100, at No. 81. At Baku, she lost in quarterfinals, losing to Francesca Schiavone in a rematch of the İstanbul Cup quarterfinals. She next competed at the Citi Open, where she stunned top seeded Lucie Šafářová, before defeating qualifier Taylor Townsend. She lost to Kurumi Nara in the quarterfinals. After the Citi Open, Mladenovic lost in the final round of qualifying to Yanina Wickmayer in Montréal, and also the first round of qualifying in Cincinnati. She played doubles in Montréal, losing in the first round with partner Tímea Babos.

2015: Top 30 and first Grand Slam quarterfinal in singles

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Mladenovic with her brother Luka at the Aegon Classic

Mladenovic began the year losing in the second round of the Australian Open to Bethanie Mattek-Sands. She, along with Daniel Nestor, reached the final of the mixed doubles event. She lost in the second round of the Diamond Games in Antwerp to Lucie Šafářová.

She reached the semifinals of Marrakesh, losing to her doubles partner Tímea Babos. She reached the singles final in Strasbourg, her first ever WTA Tour singles final, where she lost to Samantha Stosur. Her strong showing at both tournaments ensured her entry into the top 50 of the WTA singles rankings.

At the French Open, Mladenovic once again stunned a top-10 player in her opening match by defeating world No. 6, Eugenie Bouchard of Canada. She advanced to the third round with a victory over Danka Kovinić but lost to Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck in straight sets while fighting for a spot in the last 16.

At the Topshelf Open, Mladenovic lost to eventual finalist and good friend Belinda Bencic, despite having match point opportunities. At the Aegon Classic, she beat Eugenie Bouchard again 3–6, 6–4, 6–0, and then once again stunned a top-10 player by defeating world No. 3, Simona Halep, 2–6, 6–0, 7–6.

At the US Open, she reached the quarterfinals with wins over Svetlana Kuznetsova, Bojana Jovanovski, lucky loser Daria Kasatkina and Ekaterina Makarova before losing to eventual finalist Roberta Vinci in the quarterfinals, and entered the top 30 of the WTA singles rankings for the first time in her career.

2016: French Open women's doubles champion

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Mladenovic at the Aegon International

In May, Mladenovic reached the singles semifinals of the Internationaux de Strasbourg, but lost to Mirjana Lučić-Baroni.

At the French Open, Mladenovic won her first round match against the 2010 French Open singles champion Francesca Schiavone, and defeated her former doubles partner Tímea Babos in the second. She lost in the third round to world No. 1 and defending champion, Serena Williams, 4–6, 6–7, [10–12], after she had a set point at 9–8 in the tiebreak. Mladenovic won the women's doubles event partnering Caroline Garcia, beating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the final. It was the first Grand Slam women's doubles crown for Garcia and Mladenovic and they became the first all-French pair to win the French Open women's doubles title since Gail Chanfreau and Françoise Dürr in 1971. [23]

In June, Mladenovic reached her second career WTA Tour singles final at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships. She lost her final match to CoCo Vandeweghe, 5–7, 5–7.

Mladenovic participated in the women's singles, women's doubles and mixed-doubles events of the London Summer Olympics. In the women's singles, she was defeated in the second round by Madison Keys. In the women's doubles event, Mladenovic partnered countrywoman Caroline Garcia, with whom she had won the French Open in June. Despite being seeded No. 2, they lost in the first round. Mladenovic (she was paired with Pierre-Hugues Herbert and they were seeded No. 2) also lost in the first round of the mixed-doubles event.

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Mladenovic at the 2016 US Open

At the US Open singles event, Mladenovic cleared the first round before falling to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second. In doubles, Mladenovic (partnered with Garcia) reached the final, where the French team was defeated by Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Šafářová. This allowed Garcia and Mladenovic to qualify for the WTA Finals, becoming the second doubles team yet to do so.

Mladenovic moved on to the Asian swing, starting at the Korea Open. Seeded No. 4, Mladenovic had a surprise loss against Sara Sorribes Tormo, the 139th player in the world. Next, at the Wuhan Open, she faced world No. 1, Angelique Kerber in the second round. Kerber won the match, although Mladenovic captured the first set. In doubles, Mladenovic partnered with Garcia again, and the team was seeded No. 1. Despite this, the Frenchwomen lost their opening match against Christina McHale and Peng Shuai. In Beijing, Mladenovic defeated Jelena Jankovic in the first round, before coming across 8th seed Madison Keys. Keys won in straight sets. In doubles, Mladenovic and Garcia, once again the No. 1 seeds, made their way to the final, in which they faced Mattek-Sands and Šafářová, in a rematch of the US Open final a few weeks earlier. Mattek-Sands and Šafářová won the final 6–4, 6–4.

Mladenovic had success in singles at the Hong Kong Tennis Open. An unseeded player, she reached the semifinals after defeating doubles rival Mattek-Sands in the quarterfinals. She passed No. 8 seed Daria Gavrilova to reach her second singles final of the year. She was defeated by former No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki, in the final.

Shortly before heading into the WTA Doubles Finals, Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia received the WTA Award for Best Doubles Team of the Year. During the WTA Finals, the Frenchwomen defeated Julia Görges and Karolína Plíšková in the quarterfinals, but fell to Mattek-Sands and Šafářová in the semifinals.

During the 2016 Fed Cup final between France and the Czech Republic, Mladenovic lost the first rubber narrowly against Karolína Plíšková 3–6, 6–4, 14–16, a match that lasted 3 hours and 48 minutes. She later played doubles with Garcia in the fifth and decisive rubber against Plíšková and Barbora Strýcová, which they lost 5–7, 5–7, enabling the Czechs to win the Fed Cup for the fifth time in six years.

In December, Garcia and Mladenovic were named the doubles ITF World Champions of 2016. Mladenovic ended the year ranked No. 42 in singles, and tied No. 2 in doubles (with Garcia).

2017: First WTA Tour singles title, top-10 singles debut

Mladenovic began the year by playing at the Hopman Cup alongside Richard Gasquet. The pair won their first tie against Germany's Andrea Petkovic and Alexander Zverev 2–1 (Mladenovic lost her singles match against Petkovic), and their second tie against Great Britain's Daniel Evans and Heather Watson 3–0. In France's third Group A tie against Switzerland which would decide which team would enter the final, Mladenovic (following Gasquet's defeat to Roger Federer) defeated Belinda Bencic and triumphed with Gasquet against the Swiss pair in mixed doubles, winning the tie 2-1. In the final, Mladenovic and Gasquet faced Americans Jack Sock and CoCo Vandeweghe. Although Gasquet won his singles match and Mladenovic lost hers, the French duo won the decisive mixed-doubles match, meaning that France were the 2017 Hopman Cup champions.

Mladenovic had a disappointing run at the Australian Open in singles, losing in the first round to Ana Konjuh. However, in doubles, Mladenovic, reuniting with partner Caroline Garcia, reached the semifinals of the event, where they lost to Andrea Hlaváčková and Peng Shuai.

At the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, Mladenovic won her first round match against Elise Mertens before upsetting reigning Australian Open finalist Venus Williams to reach the quarterfinals. She continued her fabulous form against No. 6 seed and defending champion Roberta Vinci, defeating the Italian veteran in straight sets. In the semifinals, the Frenchwoman defeated rising player Natalia Vikhlyantseva to reach the first WTA Premier singles final of her career. In a tense final, Mladenovic defeated Yulia Putintseva, 6–2, 6–7, 6–4 to win the first WTA Tour singles title of her career. Mladenovic became the first Frenchwoman to win a WTA Premier singles title since Marion Bartoli in June 2011. In addition, Mladenovic competed in doubles with Daria Gavrilova; this was the first time Mladenovic played with someone other than Garcia in over a year. The pair were defeated in the semifinals.

In the Fed Cup World Group quarterfinals against Switzerland, Mladenovic won her first singles match against Belinda Bencic. However, she then lost to Timea Bacsinszky in her next singles match. France lost the tie 1-4, resulting in France needing to win the Fed Cup World Group Play-off tie to earn the right to play in the 2018 World Group. [24]

At Dubai, at the first Premier-5 event of the season, Mladenovic defeated Kateřina Siniaková in the first round before defeating world No. 3, Karolína Plíšková, 6–2, 6–4 in the second round. [25] She then lost to Wang Qiang in the third round. Mladenovic's good form continued at the Mexican Open, where she stormed past Varvara Lepchenko before winning a marathon match against Heather Watson to reach the quarterfinals, in which she defeated Kirsten Flipkens. Mladenovic then won her semifinal encounter with Christina McHale, reaching her second WTA Tour singles final of 2017. [26] Though she did end up losing to Lesia Tsurenko in the final, her success in February allowed Mladenovic to reach a career-high WTA singles ranking of No. 26. Moreover, Mladenovic was nominated for February's WTA Shot of the Month, WTA Breakthrough Player of the Month, and WTA Player of the Month (winning the WTA Breakthrough Player of the Month). [27]

Prior to the BNP Paribas Open, Mladenovic announced that her doubles partnership with Caroline Garcia would end for Garcia wanted to focus on her singles career. [28] [29] Mladenovic instead competed with Svetlana Kuznetsova in the doubles draw of Indian Wells. Meanwhile, in singles, the Frenchwoman received a bye into the second round, being seeded No. 28. She had a strong opening, defeating Annika Beck of Germany. In the third round, Mladenovic continued her newfound success by defeating world No. 4, Simona Halep, in straight sets, setting up an encounter with Lauren Davis, which she won in straight sets as well, [30] reaching her first career WTA Premier Mandatory singles quarterfinals. Mladenovic continued to shine, defeating Caroline Wozniacki 3–6, 7–6, 6–2 (Mladenovic had never beaten Wozniacki in three previous encounters) [31] before losing to eventual champion Elena Vesnina in the semifinals. Her good performance at the BNP Paribas Open enabled Mladenovic to attain a career-high WTA singles ranking of No. 18, and she became the No. 1 Frenchwoman once again (passing Caroline Garcia). She also had success with Kuznetsova in the doubles, knocking out the fifth-seeded pair of Andrea Hlaváčková and Peng Shuai in the second round before losing in the quarterfinals. [32]

At the Miami Open, Mladenovic lost her opening singles match to the Romanian qualifier Patricia Maria Țig. In doubles, playing again with Kuznetsova, she faced Hlaváčková and Peng in the quarterfinals, in a repeat of their Indian Wells encounter. This time, Hlaváčková and Peng won the match, and Mladenovic missed the opportunity to become doubles world No. 1. [33]

At the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Mladenovic defeated top-seed Angelique Kerber in the second round and three-time champion Maria Sharapova (who was playing her first WTA tournament after serving a 15-month suspension for failing a drug test) in the semifinals to reach her third WTA Tour singles final of the year. Against German wildcard Laura Siegemund (who was playing in her hometown), Mladenovic led 4–1 in the final set tiebreak but ended losing the match 1–6, 6–2, 6–7. [34]

Mladenovic, seeded No. 14, reached her first career WTA Premier Mandatory singles final at the Mutua Madrid Open by defeating her doubles partner Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semifinals. In the final, she lost to third seeded Simona Halep in three sets. On 15 May (the day after the Madrid final), Mladenovic reached a career-high WTA singles ranking of No. 14. Seeded No. 13, Mladenovic lost her singles first round match against Julia Görges at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

At her home Grand Slam, the French Open, she won her first-round match in a tight three sets against American Jennifer Brady to advance to the second round where she faced the 2012 finalist Sara Errani whom she defeated in straight sets to advance to the third round at the tournament once again where she had another close match against last years quarterfinalist Shelby Rogers. She then advanced to the fourth round, her best showing at this tournament, and defeated the defending champion Garbiñe Muguruza in three sets to advance to her second quarterfinal of a Grand Slam tournament in her career but then lost to Timea Bacsinszky.

Since then however she has had a difficult second half of the season. At Wimbledon, she lost in the singles second round, sustaining a right knee injury in the process. Over the next four months, she struggled to get back into shape again and suffered a loss of confidence. This caused Mladenovic to lose all twelve of her remaining singles matches of 2018 after winning her first-round singles match at the Citi Open (she won only two sets in those twelve singles matches) at various hard-court tournaments (including the US Open) in North America, Asia and Europe. Arguably her worst moment came at the Pan Pacific Open, where she suffered a double bagel defeat in the first round against Wang Qiang. [35]

However, due to a consistent first half of the season which saw Mladenovic being constantly in the top 8 of the Race to the WTA Finals, she eventually broke into the top-ten of the WTA singles rankings for the first time in her career (at No. 10) on 23 October 2017, at the start of the WTA Finals. And because of big results in that half of the season, Mladenovic called the season 'still the best of my career', when opening about her singles slump in the second half of the year. [36]

2018: Disaster in Singles

Mladenovic started her season at the Brisbane International, where she lost in the first round to the eventual singles finalist Aliaksandra Sasnovich in three sets. In her next tournament, the Sydney International, she retired in second set of her first-round match against the Australian wildcard Ellen Perez due to heat stress . [37] At the Australian Open, Mladenovic's poor form in singles continued, losing her first round match in straight sets to world No. 104, Ana Bogdan from Romania, [38] extending her losing streak in singles to 15 consecutive matches. Opening up about the loss, Mladenovic stated that it was not about injury anymore, that it was just a bad day and that it could not continue like that. [39] Mladenovic turned things around when she won the Australian Open women's doubles with Tímea Babos, thus winning her second career Grand Slam women's doubles title. [40] [41]

Mladenovic next played in St. Petersburg as the defending singles champion. After receiving a first-round bye, Mladenovic showed signs of her top form and confidence which enabled her to reach four WTA Tour singles finals in the first half of 2017 by defeating former top-5 player and 2016 WTA Finals champion Dominika Cibulková in the second round, ending her 15-match losing streak in singles. [42] She then followed up her second round win by beating Kateřina Siniaková in the quarterfinals and Daria Kasatkina in the semifinals (who had beaten the 2018 Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki previously), to advance to her first WTA Tour singles final since the Madrid Open last year. In the final she lost to Petra Kvitova in straight sets. [43] Mladenovic won both her singles matches and her doubles match in the Fed Cup World Group quarterfinal tie against Belgium on February 10–11. She lost her singles second round and first round matches in Doha and Dubai respectively.

Mladenovic reached her second WTA singles quarterfinal of the year in Acapulco, where she lost to the defending champion Lesia Tsurenko. In Indian Wells, Mladenovic defeated Samantha Stosur in the second round before losing in the third round to Wang Qiang, who improved their head-to-head to 3-0. [44] In Indian Wells doubles event, Mladenovic partnered Babos and they lost in the semifinals to Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. [45] Mladenovic lost her opening singles match in Miami to Petra Martić. Mladenovic lost her singles first-round matches in three (Lugano, Stuttgart and Rome) of her next five tournaments, winning a total of three singles matches in the other two (Fed Cup World Group semifinals and Madrid).

At the French Open, the 29th seeded Mladenovic lost in the singles first round to Andrea Petkovic. [46] Mladenovic and Tímea Babos were the women's doubles top-seeds at that tournament, losing in the quarterfinals to the unseeded Japanese pair of Eri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya. [47] On 11 June (the day after the last day of the French Open), Mladenovic's WTA singles ranking fell to world No. 54, compared to world No. 31 two weeks earlier. [48] Mladenovic played her first grass-court tournament of the year in Birmingham, where she lost in the singles second round to the unseeded Magdaléna Rybáriková. [49] Mladenovic and Babos won the Birmingham doubles title, defeating Elise Mertens and Demi Schuurs in the final. The following week in Eastbourne, the unseeded Mladenovic again lost in the singles second round, to the No. 8 seed Ashleigh Barty. The unseeded Mladenovic was defeated in the singles third round of Wimbledon by the no. 25 seed Serena Williams 5-7, 6-7(2-7). The top-seeded pair of Mladenovic and Tímea Babos were defeated in the Wimbledon women's doubles quarterfinals.

Mladenovic lost her opening singles matches (both in straight sets) in her next two tournaments, to Tímea Babos and Victoria Azarenka in San Jose and Montreal respectively. Mladenovic registered her first top-10 singles win of 2018 in Cincinnati when she defeated Julia Görges 6-4, 3-2, retired in the first round (Görges was forced to retire from their match because of a calf injury). [50]

2019

Kristina Mladenovic and Tímea Babos were the defending champions at Australian Open. They lost in the final to Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai [51]

In Dubai, Mladenovic defeated world No.1 Naomi Osaka in the second round. [52] She then lost her next match to Carla Suárez Navarro.

Playing style

Mladenovic employs an all-court playing style, using variety, along with her baseline play to win points. Her forehand is the stronger wing, and is hit both flatly, and with topspin. Her backhand is a solid shot, and she is capable of hitting her two-hander consistently and can earn winners from it, but she does also tend to use the backhand slice a lot to change the pace of the rally. She possesses a powerful serve, and her height of 1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in) means that she is able to nail first serves in accurately and produce a lot of aces. However, her second serve is a lot weaker and she can serve a lot of doubles faults in a match. Her doubles success in recent years means she has developed a very good net game as well and she frequently approaches the net to finish off points. She uses her volleys, along with her backhand slice, and drop shots to create a lot of variety in her game. Her movement around the court is very good, considering her height and her footwork, but this can be exposed as a weakness when she needs to recover.

Apparel and equipment

Mladenovic wears Adidas clothing and uses Wilson rackets.

Career statistics

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 6 (2 titles, 4 runners-up)

OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Runner-up 2014 Wimbledon Grass Flag of Hungary.svg Tímea Babos Flag of Italy.svg Sara Errani
Flag of Italy.svg Roberta Vinci
1–6, 3–6
Winner 2016 French Open Clay Flag of France.svg Caroline Garcia Flag of Russia.svg Ekaterina Makarova
Flag of Russia.svg Elena Vesnina
6–3, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2016 US Open Hard Flag of France.svg Caroline Garcia Flag of the United States.svg Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Lucie Šafářová
6–2, 6–7(5–7), 4–6
Winner 2018 Australian Open Hard Flag of Hungary.svg Tímea Babos Flag of Russia.svg Ekaterina Makarova
Flag of Russia.svg Elena Vesnina
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 2018 US Open Hard Flag of Hungary.svg Tímea Babos Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ashleigh Barty
Flag of the United States.svg CoCo Vandeweghe
6–3, 6–7(2–7), 6–7(6–8)
Runner-up 2019 Australian Open Hard Flag of Hungary.svg Tímea Babos Flag of Australia (converted).svg Samantha Stosur
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zhang Shuai
3–6, 4–6

Mixed Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)

OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Runner–up 2013 French Open Clay Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Daniel Nestor Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Lucie Hradecká
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg František Čermák
6–1, 4–6, [6–10]
Winner 2013 Wimbledon Grass Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Daniel Nestor Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Soares
Flag of the United States.svg Lisa Raymond
5–7, 6–2, 8–6
Winner 2014 Australian Open Hard Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Daniel Nestor Flag of India.svg Sania Mirza
Flag of Romania.svg Horia Tecău
6–3, 6–2
Runner–up 2015 Australian OpenHard Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Daniel Nestor Flag of Switzerland.svg Martina Hingis
Flag of India.svg Leander Paes
4–6, 3–6

Grand Slam performance timelines

Key
W F SFQF#RRRQ#ANH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Singles

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SRW–LWin %
Australian Open 1R Q3 Q1 Q2 2R 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 0 / 74–736%
French Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R 3R 3R QF 1R 0 / 1011–1052%
Wimbledon Absent 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 2R 3R 0 / 75–742%
US Open 1R A Q2 3R 2R 1R QF 2R 1R 2R 0 / 89–853%
Win–Loss0–30–10–12–33–42–49–45–45–43–40 / 3229–3248%

Doubles

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SRW–LWin %
Australian Open Absent 3R 1R 2R 2R 3R SF W F 1 / 822–722%
French Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R QF 3R 2R W 3R QF 1 / 1119–1066%
Wimbledon Absent 2R 2R F SF QF QF QF 0 / 720–774%
US Open Absent 2R 3R 1R 3R F 3R F 0 / 612–667%
Win–Loss0–10–10–11–15–46–48–48–416–311–417–36–12 / 3273–3071%

Mixed doubles

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SRW–L
Australian Open Absent W F Absent1 / 29–1
French Open 1R AA F QF 2R SF A 2R 0 / 611–6
Wimbledon Absent W SF QF Absent1 / 310–2
US Open Absent SF 1R Absent0 / 23–2
Win–Loss0–10–00–012–210–37–33–10–01–12 / 1333–11

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Awards
Preceded by
Flag of Thailand.svg Noppawan Lertcheewakarn
ITF Junior World Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Flag of Russia.svg Daria Gavrilova
Preceded by
Flag of Switzerland.svg Martina Hingis
& Flag of India.svg Sania Mirza
WTA Doubles Team of the Year
(with Flag of France.svg Caroline Garcia)

2016
Succeeded by
Flag of Switzerland.svg Martina Hingis
& Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chan Yung-jan
Preceded by
Flag of Switzerland.svg Martina Hingis
& Flag of India.svg Sania Mirza
ITF Doubles World Champion
(with Flag of France.svg Caroline Garcia)

2016 WTA Tour
Succeeded by
Flag of Switzerland.svg Martina Hingis
& Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chan Yung-jan