Kristina Mladenovic’s year sure did end beautifully. Finalist of the Australian Open along with Timea Babos, the 26-year-old and her Hungarian teammate (with whom she shared the whole year) battled their way to the title of the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup in April.
Semifinalist in Wimbledon, Mladenovic lifted the doubles trophy of her home Grand Slam in June, and snatched the WTA Finals doubles title in early November. She was then crowned Fed Cup champion with the French team, and recently named ITF Women's Doubles World Champion along with Babos.
Former queen of the WTA doubles ranking and currently its number two, Mladenovic concludes the 2019 season ranked as 38th best singles player, with three singles semifinals under her belt. For these reasons among others, the French was named athlete of the year by La Voix des Sports, succeeding to football star, World Cup and Champions League champion Raphael Varane in receiving the French publication’s title.
“Honored to receive this prize and succeed to Raphael Varane! Proud to represent my native region, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais!” Mladenovic wrote in a Twitter post, shared in both French and English with her over two hundred thousand followers.
The French concluded her 2019 by reaching the semifinals of an $100,000+H ITF in Dubai, where she bowed out 6-3 7-6(6) to Ukrainian Daria Snigur to before she could make it to the final.