Tennis: Kristina Mladenovic Wins St Petersburg Title

Saint Petersburg, France’s Kristina Mladenovic won her maiden WTA singles title overcoming Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva in the final of the St Petersburg Ladies Trophyon Sunday. Mladenovic, ranked 51st in the world, won a tough three-setter 6-2, 6-7 (…

Saint Petersburg, France’s Kristina Mladenovic won her maiden WTA singles title overcoming Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva in the final of the St Petersburg Ladies Trophyon Sunday.

Mladenovic, ranked 51st in the world, won a tough three-setter 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4 in two hours 36 minutes to earn a 3-2 lead in their head-to-head record with 22-year-old Putintseva. Mladenovic’s nerves appear to set in when she let a 5-2 lead slip in the second set and lost the tie-break before charging into a 5-1 advantage in the deciding set.

Mladenovic, who beat Venus Williams and defending champion Roberta Vinci this week, failed to serve out the match three times before finally ending Putintseva’s resistance. Putintseva claimed the scalps of Svetlana Kuznetsova (3) and Dominika Cibulkova (2) in Russia, but was unable to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat this time around.

Source: Qatar News Agency