KRISTINA "KIKI" MLADENOVIC (Serbian : Кристина
Младеновић, Kristina Mladenović, pronounced ; born 14 May
1993) is a French professional tennis player.
Mladenovic has won one singles and sixteen doubles titles on the WTA
tour, as well as four singles and seven doubles titles on the ITF
circuit in her career. On 19 June 2017 she reached her best singles
ranking of world No. 12. On 24 October 2016, she peaked at No. 2 in
the doubles rankings.
Although Mladenovic has enjoyed success in singles, her greatest
achievements have all come in doubles, having won the mixed doubles
titles at the 2014
Australian Open and
2013 Wimbledon Championships
Daniel Nestor and reaching the 2014 Wimbledon doubles final
Tímea Babos . At the 2016
French Open , Kristina won the doubles
Caroline Garcia .
Mladenovic had been representing
France at the
Fed Cup since 2012.
Fed Cup win-loss record is 6–6 in singles and 9–2 in doubles.
* 1 Personal life
* 2.1 2011
* 2.2 2012: Breakthrough
* 2.3 2013: Grand Slam mixed doubles title
* 2.4 2014: Continued success
* 2.5 2015: Top 30 of the WTA singles rankings and first Grand Slam
* 2.6 2016:
French Open women\'s doubles champion
* 2.7 2017: First WTA singles title, career-high singles ranking
* 3 Playing style
* 4 Apparel and equipment
* 5 Career statistics
* 5.1 Grand Slam finals
* 5.1.1 Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)
* 5.1.2 Mixed Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)
* 6 Grand Slam performance timelines
* 6.1 Singles
* 6.2 Doubles
* 6.3 Mixed doubles
* 7 References
* 8 External links
Kristina Mladenovic was born in
Saint-Pol-sur-Mer , in the Nord
department of France. Her father is Dragan Mladenović , a former
handball player for
Yugoslavia , and her mother Dženita is a former
volleyball player. They moved to
France in 1992 when Dragan was signed
by Dunkirk . All became French citizens. Mladenovic has a brother
Mladenovic started playing juniors in May 2006. In 2007 she became
the European Under 14 singles champion. Her biggest junior
achievement was at the 2009 Junior
French Open Girls' Singles, where
Daria Gavrilova of
Russia in two sets in the final. 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 ,
Noppawan Lertcheewakarn in the singles. In doubles, with
Silvia Njirić , lost also to Lertcheewakarn, who partnered
Sally Peers .
She began playing on the ITF circuit in September 2007. On the WTA
tour she tried to qualify for Open Gaz de
France , but lost her first
Petra Kvitová . At the 2009
Australian Open , Kristina
received a wild card , but was defeated by the No. 14 seed, Patty
Schnyder . In July Kristina qualified for the 2009 ECM Prague Open
but lost in the first round to
Zarina Diyas of
At the Internationaux de Strasbourg Mladenovic won her first match on
the WTA Tour, coming back from 5–2 in the final set to win the
Stefanie Vögele .
Mladenovic played for
France at the 2011
Hopman Cup , partnering with
Nicolas Mahut .
France was drawn in the same group as the United
States, Great Britain, and Italy. Mladenovic beat Francesca Schiavone
Laura Robson while losing to
Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the singles
matches. In the mixed doubles she and Mahut won one of their three
Mladenovic started 2011 year at the
Australian Open but lost in the
first round of qualifying to
Heather Watson . She won her first Senior
title at a $25,000 tournament in Sutton, defeating
Mona Barthel .
This was followed with a win in Stockholm the following week,
Arantxa Rus in the final. Padova defeating
Karin Knapp in
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 . 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. Mladenovic made
it through to the third round of the US Open after defeating
Pavlyuchenkova. At the Bell Classic in Quebec, Mladenovic reached her
first WTA Semifinal. With
Tatjana Malek , Mladenovic won her second
WTA doubles title at the Bell Classic. Following her run to the
semifinals, Mladenovic entered the top 100 in the rankings for the
first time. Mladenovic won the first ever WTA 125s event the Taipei
WTA Ladies Open and took the doubles crown as well.
2013: GRAND SLAM MIXED DOUBLES TITLE
Mladenovic at 2013 US Open
At the Open GDF Suez , a WTA 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 U.S. Open, she beat
Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues 6–1, 1–6,
6–1 in the first round and then lost to the 23rd seed Jamie Hampton
5–7, 4–6 in the second round. 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, .
2014: CONTINUED SUCCESS
Mladenovic would start 2014 off strong capturing her second Mixed
Doubles Grand Slam title at the
Australian Open partnering again with
Daniel Nestor. At the Open GDF Suez , she defeated Australian Open
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
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 3rd 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. She then traveled
to Baku, where 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
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
2015: TOP 30 OF THE WTA SINGLES RANKINGS AND FIRST GRAND SLAM SINGLES
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.
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
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
Simona Halep of
Romania 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
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
Mladenovic at the Aegon International
In May, Mladenovic reached the singles semi finals of a WTA Tour
event, The Internationaux de Strasbourg , but lost to Mirjana
French Open , Mladenovic won her 1st round match against the
French Open singles champion Francesca Schiavone, and defeated
her former doubles partner
Tímea Babos in the 2nd round. She lost in
the 3rd round to world No. 1 and defending champion Serena Williams
4–6, 6–7, , and had a set point at 9–8 against Williams 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.
In June, Mladenovic reached her second career WTA Tour singles final
at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships . She lost her final match
CoCo Vandeweghe 5–7, 5–7.
Mladenovic participated in the women's singles, women's doubles and
mixed doubles events of the 2016 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 .
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 round. In the
doubles event, Mladenovic (partnered with Garcia) reached the final,
where the French team was defeated by
Bethanie Mattek-Sands andLucie
Šafářová. This allowed Garcia and Mladenovic to qualify for the
2016 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 ,
Mladenovic 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
Christina McHale and
Peng Shuai . In Beijing , Mladenovic
defeated former number 1
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
Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie
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 2016 WTA Doubles Finals , Mladenovic
Caroline Garcia received the WTA Award for Best Doubles Team of
the Year. During the WTA Finals, the Frenchwomen defeated Julia
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 SINGLES TITLE, CAREER-HIGH SINGLES RANKING
Mladenovic began the year by playing at the 2017
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
At the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy , Mladenovic won her first round
Elise Mertens before upsetting reigning Australian Open
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,
Yulia Putintseva , 6–2, 6–7(3–7), 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
In the 2017
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 4-1, resulting in
France needing to win the Fed
Cup World Group Play-off tie to earn the right to play in the 2018 Fed
Cup World Group.
Tennis Championships , 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. 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.
Though she did end up losing to
Lesia Tsurenko in the final, her
success in February allowed Mladenovic to reach a career-high ranking
of 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).
Prior to the BNP Paribas Open , Mladenovic announced that her doubles
Caroline Garcia would end as per Garcia's request, as
Garcia wanted to focus on her singles career. Mladenovic instead
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, reaching her first career WTA Premier Mandatory singles
quarterfinals. Mladenovic continued to shine, defeating Caroline
Wozniacki 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 (Mladenovic had never beaten Wozniacki in
three previous encounters) 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
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 5th-seeded pair of
Andrea Hlaváčková and
Peng Shuai in the
second round before losing in the quarterfinals.
At the Miami Open , Mladenovic lost her opening singles match to the
Patricia Maria Țig . In doubles, Mladenovic
(playing again with Kuznetsova) 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.
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. In the final
against German wild card
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(5-7).
Mladenovic, seeded No. 14, reached her first career WTA Premier
Mandatory singles final at the Mutua Madrid Open by defeating her
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 14. Seeded No. 13, Mladenovic lost her singles
first round match against
Julia Görges at the Internazionali BNL
Mladenovic then started her campaign 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. She then faced the defending champion Garbiñe
Muguruza who she defeated in three sets to advance to her second
quarterfinals of a grand slam in her career. She then lost to Timea
2017 Toray Pan Pacific Open , Mladenovic suffered a double
bagel defeat in the first round against China's Wang Qiang .
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 is good around the court, but
this can be exposed as a weakness when she needs to recover.
APPAREL AND EQUIPMENT
Adidas clothing and uses Wilson rackets.
Kristina Mladenovic career statistics
GRAND SLAM FINALS
Doubles: 3 (1 Title, 2 Runners-up)
Roberta Vinci 1–6, 3–6
Elena Vesnina 6–3, 2–6, 6–4
Lucie Šafářová 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 4–6
Mixed Doubles: 4 (2 Titles, 2 Runners-up)
František Čermák 6–1, 4–6,
Lisa Raymond 5–7, 6–2, 8–6
Horia Tecău 6–3, 6–2
Leander Paes 4–6, 3–6
GRAND SLAM PERFORMANCE TIMELINES
(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. To avoid confusion and double counting,
these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or
when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
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