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
* 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:
* 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
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
She began playing on the ITF circuit in September 2007. On the WTA
tour she tried to qualify for Open Gaz de
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 tiebreak against Stefanie Vögele .
Mladenovic played for
Mladenovic started 2011 year at the
Australian Open but lost in the
first round of qualifying to
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
At the 2013 U.S. Open, she beat
Anabel Medina Garrigues
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
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
2015: TOP 30 OF THE WTA SINGLES RANKINGS AND FIRST GRAND SLAM SINGLES QUARTERFINAL
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
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 Topshelf Open , Mladenovic lost to eventual finalist and good
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
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 Lučić-Baroni .
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 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
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
Mladenovic had success in singles at the Hong Kong
Shortly before heading into the 2016 WTA Doubles Finals , Mladenovic
During the 2016
Fed Cup final between
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
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
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,
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.
Prior to the BNP Paribas Open , Mladenovic announced that her doubles
At the Miami Open , Mladenovic lost her opening singles match to the
Patricia Maria Țig
At the Porsche
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
Mladenovic then started her campaign at her home grand slam, the
At the 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
Mladenovic wears Adidas clothing and uses Wilson rackets.
Main article: Kristina Mladenovic career statistics
GRAND SLAM FINALS
Doubles: 3 (1 Title, 2 Runners-up)
OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE PARTNER OPPONENTS SCORE
Mixed Doubles: 4 (2 Titles, 2 Runners-up)
OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE PARTNER OPPONENTS SCORE
GRAND SLAM PERFORMANCE TIMELINES
KEY W F SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(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.
TOURNAMENT 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L WIN %
GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS
Australian Open 1R Q3 Q1 Q2 2R 1R 2R 3R 1R 0 / 6 4–6 40%
Wimbledon A A A 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 2R 0 / 6 3–6 29%
US Open 1R A Q2 3R 2R 1R QF 2R 1R 0 / 7 8–7 57%
WIN–LOSS 0–3 0–1 0–1 2–3 3–4 2–4 9–4 5–4 5–4 0 / 28 26–28 49%
TOURNAMENT 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L WIN %
GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS
Australian Open A A A A 3R 1R 2R 2R 3R SF 0 / 6 10–6 63%
Wimbledon A A A A 2R 2R F SF QF QF 0 / 6 17–6 74%
US Open A A A A 2R 3R 1R 3R F 3R 0 / 6 12–6 67%
WIN–LOSS 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 5–4 6–4 8–4 8–4 16–3 11–4 1 / 28 55–27 67%
TOURNAMENT 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L
Australian Open A A A A W F A A 1 / 2 9–1
Wimbledon A A A W SF QF A A 1 / 3 10–2
US Open A A A SF 1R A A A 0 / 2 3–2
WIN–LOSS 0–1 0–0 0–0 12–2 10–3 7–3 3–1 0–0 2 / 12 32–10
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