Mladenovic's Doubles Mastery Continues
Published July 15, 2013 12:00
PALERMO, Italy - No matter who she teams up with lately, Kristina Mladenovic seems to find her way to the winner's circle.
Mladenovic and Katerzyna Piter picked up their first WTA title as a duo in their third WTA outing in Palermo with a match tie-break victory over the Pliskova sisters in Saturday's final.
While it was the first WTA doubles title for Piter, Mladenovic has collected all six of her WTA doubles titles in a little less than a year with six different partners, not including a WTA 125K Series title last November and a mixed doubles Grand Slam at Wimbledon earlier this month. And she has the WTA lead with four WTA doubles titles this season. Here are all the players with at least three:
Mladenovic also moved into the Top 5 of most WTA doubles match wins for 2013:
Meanwhile, a duo with a lot more history together than the Palermo winners was triumphant at the Hungarian Grand Prix, as Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka secured the 10th WTA title of their partnership but just their first this year. In fact, the Czechs had not even been to a final in 2013 until Budapest, so surely will relish this triumph.
Hlavackova and Hradecka did not drop a set in the eight-team draw en route to the 13th WTA doubles title for Hlavackova and the 16th for Hradecka.