Hradecka Wins Roland Garros, Again
Published June 06, 2013 12:00
PARIS, France - Lucie Hradecka loves Roland Garros - she won the women's doubles title here two years ago - and now she has a mixed doubles title to add to that, partnering Frantisek Cermak to beat Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Nestor in the final on Court Philippe Chatrier on Thursday.
After dropping a routine first set, 6-1, Hradecka and Cermak rallied to take the second set and then rolled in the match tie-break to beat the No.5-seeded team of Mladenovic and Nestor, 16 64 106.
Hradecka had already won the aforementioned women's doubles title here with Andrea Hlavackova.
"I'm happy we did it - it's really nice to be here in Roland Garros and play on Chatrier and have a title," Hlavackova said. "I'm missing one title here now. I hope I can win the last one one day."
Hlavackova and Cermak had reached a mixed doubles final together before, in Australia this year.
"Every match is different; every match we step on the court, we want to win," Cermak said. "Today had nothing to do with the Australian Open, and today we just played great. We feel great. It's a great success for me and I have to thank Lucie, because without her I wouldn't have made it. I'm so happy."
Meanwhile, Mladenovic - one of the brightest young stars in the women's game - may have lost the match, but it was still a career breakthrough for her, her first Grand Slam final of any kind.
"I'm disappointed - I wanted to win it, and that's why I was on the court - but these two weeks were incredible for me," Mladenovic said. "And I must say that apart from this defeat it was incredible to play with Daniel. It's a really great experience for me. It's very useful for a girl to play mixed doubles.
"It's a special feeling at the age of 20 to have this experience. It's a Grand Slam final. It's mixed doubles. It's really high-level tennis. To play with the men, to be ready and reactive, responsive at any moment any place that's empty on the court, to be accurate in your shots - it gives me a lot.
"But to summarize these two weeks, it was incredible. I really made the most of these two weeks."
How did the French-Canadian duo come together? "Well, Kristina asked my partner to play in Madrid and he had a partner," Nestor said. "I found out and asked my partner to ask her. She said yes."
And what were Nestor's thoughts on the final? "I'm a little bit disappointed, but I thought they played pretty well at the end," the Canadian said. "They were good in the tie-breaker. They played a good tie-breaker, and I'm a little bit upset that I lost serve in the first game of the second because that kind of changed momentum - although we did have some chances to break back in the set. But I thought for the most part, even on the points where we had chances, they played pretty well out there.
"It wasn't us - it was more them playing pretty well."