Kristina Mladenovic ends season prematurely following 'challenging last few months'

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Kristina Mladenovic ends season prematurely following 'challenging last few months'

French tennis star Kristina Mladenovic has announced that her 2021 season is over as she is feeling both mentally and physically exhausted. Mladenovic, ranked at No. 62 in the world, played at this week's Astana Open in Nur-Sultan.

Mladenovic overcame Anna Danilina in the Astana Open first round, before losing to Anastasia Potapova in the round-of-16. Mladenovic, a former world No. 10, hasn't enjoyed much success in singles this season. Mladenovic made four WTA quarterfinals this season and her best result at the Grand Slam level was the third round made at the Australian Open.

Mladenovic ended runner-up at the Rome Masters with Marketa Vondrousova and also made the semifinal with Clara Burel in Chicago. Mladenovic wants to be fully healthy and ready for the start of 2022. "Hello, I regret to inform you that I have decided to put an end to my season," Mladenovic posted on Instagram.

"The last few months have been very challenging both physically and mentally and I feel now is the right time to take a break. "I will use this period to rest fully and start training again to prepare for next season.

Thank you all for your support."

Mladenovic joins Karolina Muchova on the sidelines

Earlier this week, world No. 26 Muchova put an end to her 2021 season. Muchova, a former world No. 19, last played at the US Open -- where she suffered a first round loss.

Muchova decided to end her season prematurely so she could focus on recovering and playing pain free in 2022. "Sad to announce that the season is over for me, but the wise saying 'health first' is the one I must go with as I would love to start the new tennis year pain free and enjoy the game again!" Muchova announced. "Thank you all for always cheering me on! "Can’t wait to see you on the court again in 2022!"