Kristina Mladenovic: 'I would like to have Serena Williams's serve'


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Kristina Mladenovic: 'I would like to have Serena Williams's serve'

In an interview with Le Parisien, Kristina Mladenovic was asked, after winning the Fed Cup title for France, if she felt like a hero. She replied: "No, Because I am a normal and feet-grounded person. But I am an ambitious competitor who wants to win.

I am a warrior and it may inspire people overcoming tough situations and big challenges." Asked who are her childhood idols, Mladenovic replied: "My brother. When we were younger, our father was our hero, a volleyball player.

We waited for his match for the whole week in order to encourage him. We enjoyed. We had two enormous inspirations at home and we did not need to watch TV." And what about her tennis idol? "Gustavo Kuerten, because you felt he was playing with his heart and what he drew at the centre of Roland Garros hit me.

I had the chance to meet him later at a ceremony when I was junior world champion back in 2009." Which tennis superpower would she like to have? "An untouchable and devastating shot. We do not know what Serena Williams would have achieved without her serve.

That's one of the biggest weapons we saw. Her serve and the rest of my game would be a good combination." Mladenovic was the star for the French team as she won all three of her rubbers, two singles rubbers against Ajla Tomljanovic and Ashleigh Barty, and the doubles rubber partnering Caroline Garcia. Mladenovic and Garcia defeated the Australian team of Samantha Stosur and Barty.