I have no words. What will be next? Can she be a good single tennisplayer or she will be only doubles specialist? And what did happen in the middle of last year? Why did she lose here good game?
Time will tell. Right now, she's heading towards doubles specialist, but she'll probably never give up.
As to what happened to her good form, here's her version (source
"I was a bit fed up with the coaches I could find on the tour," she said.
"I tested them. Last year, by mid-year, when I was in the top 50, when I wanted to invest in a coach, I thought, 'I want to find someone so I can be in the top 20'.
"Unfortunately I had some mishaps, or not a good match, between the coach and myself. By match, I mean a good fit."
So changing coach was a bad move. There were also some (minor, I suppose) injuries, but they might have affected her serve (nothing like that affects it now, it was perfect in doubles) and her movement. And I suppose she could not deal with the new pressure, though one of the things why I was so optimistic about her back then was that she seemed to be very strong mentally. She was actually showing the confidence she now only talks about.
There you have it, Kiki's slump 101
: Kristina Mladenovic (battue en simple par Zarina Diyas et victorieuse en double) : «Je ne m’explique pas ma panne de service. Trente minutes après ma défaite en simple, je suis allée jouer le double, j’envoie la patate et je n’ai pas perdu mon service alors qu’on a gagné 12-10 au troisième set. Il y a des jours sans où on n’a pas d’explication [insert shrug pic here
]. C’était la première fois que je disputais un match en deux jours. Hier (mardi), j’ai connu des problèmes au service car je porte des lentilles et j’étais gênée par le manque de luminosité. Aujourd’hui je ne comprends pas pourquoi, et de toute façon, il n’y a pas d’excuse à faire valoir. »
Not very reassuring if she actually doesn't even know what's the matter.