ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA – France’s Kristina Mladenovic is set to attain the World No.1 doubles ranking on Monday, June 10 for the first time in her career.
The Frenchwoman, who is through to the final at Roland Garros with partner Timea Babos, will become the 42nd woman to reach the World No.1 spot since WTA rankings were introduced in 1975.
In bringing an end to Katerina Siniakova’s 33-week reign, Mladenovic becomes the second woman from France to become the World No.1, joining compatriot Julie Halard-Decugis who held the elite ranking spot for 14 weeks in 2000.
Mladenovic has enjoyed an impressive 12 months alongside Babos, with the pair in 2018 winning the Nature Valley Classic (Birmingham) and lifting the Martina Navratilova Doubles Trophy at the WTA Finals, as well as finishing as runners-up at the US Open.
The team picked up where they left off in 2019, reaching the final at the Australian Open before lifting the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup – the 20th doubles title of Mladenovic’s career.
Mladenovic also enjoyed success with Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva during this time, the highlight of which was a semifinal run at the 2018 VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
Mladenovic’s doubles success has translated well into her singles play recently, defeating Naomi Osaka at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships to earn her first win over a reigning singles World No.1.
Babos and Mladenovic will contest their fifth Grand Slam final as a team in Paris, and will look to win their second title to go along with the 2018 Australian Open.