Kristina Mladenovic couldn’t do anything in the 3rd round of the Australian Open. The last Frenchwoman in the running, female and male tables combined, was swept in two sets (6-2, 6-1) by the American Jessica Pegula.
There are no longer any French in the running in Melbourne. Last tricolor representative engaged in the tournament, Kristina Mladenovic (50th) was stopped dead 6-2, 6-1 by the American Jessica Pegula (61st) in the third round of the Australian Open, in just 68 minutes, Saturday in Melbourne. Mladenovic (27) was the last Frenchwoman in the running, female and male tables combined. At 26, Pegula climbed for the first time in her career in the round of 16 in a Grand Slam. She will challenge the world n ° 5 Elina Svitolina.
Yet well into his match, “Kiki” was quickly stifled by the irresistible pace of Pegula, both forehand and backhand. The American signed a first white break in the third game, then pocketed the first round in 35 minutes after a second break. Pegula never let Mladenovic breathe.
Mladenovic: “I didn’t expect to have such answers”
“I knew it was going to be like that. She had also beaten me quite dryly the week before the Australian Open, reacted Mladenovic after the meeting. I had had enormous difficulties compared to the speed of her ball. and with his flat strikes, I didn’t know at all what to do. Today (Saturday), I really had a more precise idea, I tried different things. After, on certain passages, I did not expect not to have such answers with winning moves to the right, to the left. “
Broken from the start in the second set, the Frenchwoman worked, especially in defense, to pick up a game everywhere. But the American, not clumsy in touching either, continued to impose her rhythm and distribute her dry strikes without batting an eyelid to win the last five games of the game.
This third round nevertheless remains a breakthrough for Mladenovic. She had not reached this stage of Grand Slam competition for two and a half years (Wimbledon 2018). She had also not won two games in a row on the main circuit since October 2019, in Moscow. Mladenovic has been running after a second week in Grand Slam for almost four years (Roland-Garros 2017).