Kristina Mladenovic (Girl to watch)
Reason why she is so special and deserve our full attention is not fact that Kristina reach juniors #1 or won some junior GS - we have so many disappointments so far in past.
16 old Mladenovic is just one step to be first boy/girl since 1996 (Mauresmo) who won juniors Roland Garros and Wimbledon back to back... that's must be something. If we look all 9 former juniors which make same clay/grass sweep in same season we must notice that 4 of them is multiple slam winners and former #1 players: Amelie Mauresmo (1996), Martina Hingis (1994), Stefan Edberg (1983) and Ivan Lendl (1978)!
Very good sign for me is also Kristina "size" (connected with power). She is already 180cm and maybe will still grow and at RG this year she played just one MD match, but enough to finish tournament like fastest server co-leader (together with Venus, 200 km/h).
I don't say that Kristina will be WTA #1 in future, but if she won Wimbledon's final TOP10 expectations in next 4-5 years is already realistic to me. Young De Brito and Robson is way more in focus right now and people here is impressed by huge number of Romanians girls in juniors TOP10 in last 2 seasons and by newest "Russian Revolution" after couple poor generations (1988-1992)... but like I say - this Kristina Mladenovic deserve full attention.
BTW she lose just 1 set so far in 11 jr. RG/Wimby matches this season.
and I'm not even fan of Ana Ivanovic... just an objective observer who realize how perfect she is
AMAZING BELGRADE MIRACLE: In just three years (2008-2011) 5 different players born in same city reach world #1 in rankings and several GS titles and finals (WTA singles: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, ATP singles: Novak Djokovic, ATP doubles: Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor... with notable performances of Bojana Jovanovski, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki which is also all three born in Belgrade)
Last edited by Cp6uja; Jul 3rd, 2009 at 03:40 PM.