Mladenovic: The career Grand Slam in doubles cannot be a dream


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Mladenovic: The career Grand Slam in doubles cannot be a dream

After this season Kristina Mladenovic must have a very clear goal: the career Grand Slam in the women's doubles cannot be just a dream, but a concrete goal. Because the French world no.1 of the women's doubles ranking has a career that travels on two parallel paths: disappointments in the women's singles are next to an amazing career in women's doubles and mixed doubles.

What prospects now? In the women's singles, she showed to be a fragile player, especially from an emotional point of view. In her career she won a title in nine finals played, reaching the quarter-finals at the US Open 2015 and at the Roland Garros 2017, which they are today her best Slam results.

Her best ranking is 10th, while today she is number 45. In double and double mixed things change completely. Mladenovic won three Majors (including the French Open 2019 and 2016 and the Australian Open 2018) in six finals played.

Not only that, because she also won the 2018 WTA Finals and a total of 22 women's singles titles. To these must also be added two titles in the mixed doubles: Wimbledon 2013 and the Australian open 2014. If she should concentrate her career's efforts on the doubles and the mixed doubles she would have concrete possibilities to hit the career Grand Slam in both the specialities, considering that she is still young (she is 26 years old).

Setting aside her career in women's singles, which, unlike what all of us thought about her early career, didn't give her satisfaction. The relationship with Dominic Thiem may have given her stability and new motivations, and this has been seen in the last two years in women's doubles tournaments.

Many of her colleagues in the past had similar careers, achieving very prestigious results. Kristina has this great chance: how will she organize herself in the coming years?