With the opportunity to put an end to a period close to five years without a title, Kristina Mladenovic failed in the final of the WTA 125 tournament in Seoul against China’s Lin Zhu in an expeditious final.
Kristina Mladenovic will still have to wait to lift a trophy. Weaned title on the WTA circuit since her success over Yulia Putintseva in the final of the Saint Petersburg tournament in January 2017, the native of Saint-Pol-sur-Mer did not manage to get the best out of the Chinese Lin Zhu, however less well classified than her, 142nd against the 98th place of the Frenchwoman, during the match for the title in Seoul. A meeting that started as a nightmare for the Habs who, unable to put their opponent in difficulty in service, conceded their three commitments in the first round. Kristina Mladenovic fought tooth and nail but ended up relentlessly giving in to end up in a heat after just 31 minutes. The reaction of the number 1 seed was immediate with his first break point converted in the first game of the second set. However, the number 2 in the South Korean tournament hierarchy immediately glued to a game everywhere.
After missing two chances to return Lin Zhu’s serve in stride, Kristina Mladenovic managed to get her way to lead four games to two. From then on, the end of the match was a black hole for the Frenchwoman. Indeed, the Chinese tightened the game to pocket four consecutive games and conclude the match. After erasing his late break on a shutout, the 142nd world has put an end to the debates on the entry of the Habs (6-0, 6-4 in 1h19 ‘). Despite this defeat in the final, Kristina Mladenovic will make a small comeback in the WTA rankings this Monday with a gain of twelve to point to 86th place in the world. Her opponent, meanwhile, will jump 28 positions to get a little closer to the World Top 100, with the 114th position in the next update of the ranking.