Tennis - WTA: Mladenovic regains confidence in singles by winning in Caserta - Sport 365

Published on June 12, 2022 at 1:35 p.m. – updated on June 12, 2022 at 1:50 p.m.

Aurélie SACHELLI

Winner of Roland-Garros in doubles a week ago, Kristina Mladenovic followed up well, winning the Italian tournament in Caserta, ranked WTA 60, in singles, on clay.

While most of the players have chosen to go directly to the grass after Roland-Garros, in view of Wimbledon which will start in two weeks, Kristina Mladenovic has decided to play extra time on clay. Well it took since the French won the WTA 60 tournament in Caserta. Ranked 119th in the world this week, the 29-year-old player preferred to play this tournament endowed with 60,000 dollars, which offers, as its name suggests, 60 points to the winner, rather than going to play the qualifications at ‘s-Hertogenbosch or Nottingham, where the two WTA tournaments of the week take place (280pts for the winner). In the town not far from Naples, where Clara Burel was the No. 1 seed, Kristina Mladenovic, No. 2 seed, had a very good week, taking advantage of fairly weak competition.. She beat Romanian Cristina Dinu (255th), Norwegian Malene Helgo (320th), Italian Lisa Pigato (401st), Japanese Moyuka Uchijima (196th) and finally Italian Camila Rosatello (330th) to win this tournament.

Only one victory on the main circuit in 2022

In the final this Sunday, the Frenchwoman had to fight for 2h25 before winning 6-4, 4-6, 7-6. She led 5-2 in the first set, before losing one of her breaks in advance but finally concluding without shaking. In the second, “Kiki” may have thought she had done the hardest part by breaking at 3-3, but then she lost three games in a row. It was therefore necessary to play a third set, where the two players were broken-unbroken at 2-2 and 5-5, then Mladenovic saved a match point at 5-6 on his serve, before winning the tie-break (7-3). It is therefore 60 points won, which will allow him to gain four places in the standings. A victory that will do the greatest good to the French, who signed a catastrophic first part of the season in singles, with no victory from the beginning of January to the end of April, until a success in the first qualifying round in Madrid. She won her first victory in the main draw of a WTA tournament in Rabat, just before Roland-Garros, before losing Porte d’Auteuil against the 18th world Leylah Fernandez. Kristina Mladenovic will now train on grass, since the next tournament on her schedule will be Wimbledon.

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