BEIJING, China - France’s Kristina Mladenovic will be back at the top of the doubles game when she reclaims the WTA Doubles World No.1 ranking on Monday, October 7, the WTA announced today.
Mladenovic, who is currently through to the quarterfinals at the China Open in Beijing with her partner Timea Babos, will end the reign of Barbora Strycova, who has held the top doubles ranking for 12 consecutive weeks starting on July 15, 2019.
Mladenovic first ascended to WTA Doubles World No.1 on June 10, 2019 after capturing her third career Grand Slam doubles crown at Roland Garros, and sat atop the doubles rankings for five consecutive weeks.
She became the second woman from her country to achieve the World No.1 doubles ranking, following Julie Halard-Decugis in 2000, and the 42nd player overall since WTA rankings were introduced in 1975.
Over the last 12 months, Mladenovic has lifted three WTA doubles titles including the prestigious WTA Finals Martina Navratilova Trophy at the WTA Finals in Singapore last October, as well as back-to-back titles in 2019 at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup and Roland Garros - all with her partner Timea Babos. In addition, the French-Hungarian duo reached the championship match at the Australian Open in January.
Mladenovic and Babos also became the third team to secure their spot at the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, where they will look to defend their title.