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Cp6uja
Jul 3rd, 2009, 03:34 PM
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.

oleada
Jul 3rd, 2009, 04:15 PM
Watched her play against Schnyder at the AO and against Gavrilova in the FO Junior final. I'm so impressed. Her serve is huge, unlike most of the other Frenchies, and she's got some nice volleys as well. Her movement isn't bad for a girl her height. She's got a game that can translate well to all surfaces and I hope that she can start transitioning to the pro tour soon. She's obviously a cut above the rest of the junior field at the moment.

If you discount a W/O loss, then she's on an 19 match winning streak in juniors.

~Cherry*Blossom~
Jul 3rd, 2009, 04:31 PM
I saw her beat Sloane Stephens yesterday. Although Sloane was in unforced error mode for most of the match, I was impressed with Mladenovic. Her serve is huge. Towards the end of the match ALL her first serves were around the 115-120mph. She was hitting some at the end at 122mph and they were going in.

It was hard to judge her ground game because the serve set her up with easy put aways and Stephens was really shit when in a rally. But this girl really does have potential.

I was expecting a lot more from Stephens since a lot of people are saying she has a lot of potential. I think yesterday was just a horrible day for her. I'd like to see what she really can do on court.

améliemomo
Jul 3rd, 2009, 04:42 PM
I think she's 1.85 m at 16.

She's improving in a very good and fast way. Having a big and reliable serve is a huge advantage in the wta imo. If she can built her game on it,she has good chances to be succesful in the future. But serve is not ALL, she's already impressive in her junior age but still has many weaknesses. She's a big hope for the future of the french tennis and perhaps will become a top player. She's already very mature and well entoured by her family.
I like her cause she is not a typical ballbasher.She can mix her game well,and that IS very important to be a champion. I think she's in the right direction but we never know in tennis.
I trust in her potential and hope that one day she'll be a real force in the tour.:)

Caipirinha Guy
Jul 3rd, 2009, 05:09 PM
Huge girl.:eek:

What's her origin? Serbian, croatian?

Uranus
Jul 3rd, 2009, 05:13 PM
Serbian, I think.

Juju Nostalgique
Jul 3rd, 2009, 05:25 PM
Parents are from ex-Yugoslavia (Serbian).

I'm very excited with Kristy since the debut of the year. :bowdown: :hatoff:

Let's hope the Frenchies don't convert her into another sniffer... :haha:

Juju Nostalgique
Jul 3rd, 2009, 05:25 PM
Family nickname is Kiki BTW ;)

AnnaK_4ever
Jul 3rd, 2009, 05:31 PM
Cp6uja has already given up on Ivanovic? :lol:

Kworb
Jul 3rd, 2009, 08:58 PM
Juniors means nothing. You have Lertcheewakarn in the finals who has trouble winning a round in $10Ks.

mckyle.
Jul 3rd, 2009, 09:01 PM
Juniors means nothing. You have Lertcheewakarn in the finals who has trouble winning a round in $10Ks.

They matter for 15 and 16 year olds. 18 year olds like Lertcheewakarn, not so much. The old girls still play Juniors because they know it's the last time they will have success.

Vanity Bonfire
Jul 3rd, 2009, 09:03 PM
I think she's much better than L-Rob (I still like her, too)

Cp6uja
Jul 3rd, 2009, 09:04 PM
Parents are from ex-Yugoslavia (Serbian).

I'm very excited with Kristy since the debut of the year. :bowdown: :hatoff:

Let's hope the Frenchies don't convert her into another sniffer... :haha:"Family story" of Kristina and how she become right now biggest French Hope (even bigger than Cornet) is very similar to Wozniacki and Golovin case. Wozniacki father is Polish soccer player and mother is Polish volleyball player and her father start to play for one club in Germany and just year before Caroline birth he make contract to play in Denmark. Tatiana Golovin is born in Moscow but when she is just one or two years old her father going to France to coaching one French Ice Hockey club.

In Kristina Mladenovic case father is handball player (Red Star Belgrade club) and mother is Volleyball player (also played for one Belgrade Club) and just year before Kristina birth her father go in France to play for new club.

So Serbia>MLADENOVIC<France case is very similar with Poland>WOZNIACKI<Denmark story.

Cp6uja has already given up on Ivanovic? :lol:I always follow Serbian power 180+ baby's... but of course Ana:angel: will be always priority and when she retire I will change my Nick here to AnaI_4ever ;)

BTW I recommend You to watch-up to another upcoming Serbian 180+ power-player girl (if You don't like Mladenovic Ivanovic). She is 14 years old, and her name is Tamara Curovic. Tamara is half-Russian - her mother is former Russian Chess Grand-Master Svetlana Prudnikova :wavey:

Juniors means nothing. You have Lertcheewakarn in the finals who has trouble winning a round in $10Ks.I started this thread with same statement... but I explain why winning RG and Wimby back to back is exception :shrug:

serenus_2k8
Jul 3rd, 2009, 09:05 PM
I think shes very impressive indeed :)

nouf
Jul 3rd, 2009, 09:42 PM
she is my girly!! gogo kiki go :)

AnnaK_4ever
Jul 3rd, 2009, 09:52 PM
I always follow Serbian power 180+ baby's... but of course Ana:angel: will be always priority and when she retire I will change my Nick here to AnaI_4ever ;)

Copycat :ras:

BTW I recommend You to watch-up to another upcoming Serbian 180+ power-player girl (if You don't like Mladenovic Ivanovic). She is 14 years old, and her name is Tamara Curovic. Tamara is half-Russian - her mother is former Russian Chess Grand-Master Svetlana Prudnikova :wavey:

Honestly, I couldn't care less about 14/16/84 years old juniors. I watch only real tennis on the real tour. And Mladenovic is neither Hingis who was winning slams at 16 nor Serena who was defeating top players at 16 nor even Vaidisova who was winning tour titles at 16.

Iceland
Jul 3rd, 2009, 10:45 PM
Honestly, I couldn't care less about 14/16/84 years old juniors. I watch only real tennis on the real tour. And Mladenovic is neither Hingis who was winning slams at 16 nor Serena who was defeating top players at 16 nor even Vaidisova who was winning tour titles at 16.
Cmon, Kristina has just turned sixteen in May.
What she has achieved doesn't mean she will be the greatest player ever but she certainly deserves attention. You can already notice she is way more than a junior player when you watch her.

I'm actually glad she has taken her time by keeping playing the junior tournaments. It enabled her to work hard on her game with her coach, Goven. I can feel she goes in the right direction.

oleada
Jul 3rd, 2009, 11:14 PM
Juniors means nothing. You have Lertcheewakarn in the finals who has trouble winning a round in $10Ks.

Yes, but Kristina already has a couple of top 100 wins and made the SF of a $100K. She's ranked higher in the pro-tour than Lertcheewakarn.

Not saying she'll be a great player - who knows - but she's definitely got potential.

Juju Nostalgique
Jul 3rd, 2009, 11:47 PM
Good luck int the final Kiki! :yeah: