Kristina Mladenovic at a point near Seoul

This is one of those matches that can sometimes turn the tide for you. But Kristina Mladenovic finally lost her second round duel, at the WTA 250 tournament in Seoul, against the Polish Magda Linette (4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in 2h45).

The 29-year-old Frenchwoman nevertheless played one of her best games of the 2022 season, to the point of obtaining two double break points, at 6-4, 4-2, then having two match points to negotiate. on his serve, at 6-4, 5-4. But on all these occasions, the former world No. 10 failed to drive home the point.

No quarters for more than a year for Mladenovic

After the loss of the tie-break (7-5), she still had a 2-0 ball in the last round, then Linette (51st at the WTA) took the upper hand irretrievably. Falling back to 135th in the world, her worst ranking in ten years, Mladenovic came very close to achieving her best “perf” of the season and rallying her first quarter-final on the main circuit for more than a year.

In the quarters, Linette will face the winner of the match between Belgian Yanina Wickmayer and Briton Emma Raducanu.

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