Roland-Garros: Kristina Mladenovic, First Qualified Frenchwoman

France's Kristina Mladenovic qualifies for the second round of Roland-Garros on May 26, 2019.

TENNIS: Sunday 26th May, 2019, the French player Kristina Mladenovic, 54th world, beat her compatriot Fiona Ferro in the first round of Roland-Garros.

Kristina Mladenovic , 54th in the world, was strong enough to dominate her compatriot Fiona Ferro (88th) Sunday 26th May, 2019 in the first round of Roland-Garros , and become the first Frenchwoman to reach the second round of the 2019 edition.

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After losing the first two games, Mladenovic, 26, quarter-finalist in 2017 but who has lived for two difficult seasons, reacted to win 6-3, 7-6 (7/3).

“Slow start”

“I had a slow start to the game, it’s never easy to play against a compatriot,” reacted Mladenovic, who has been working for several weeks with Sascha Bajin, the former coach of the world N.1 Naomi Osaka.

She will face Croatian Petra Martic, ranked 31st in the second round, on Wednesday to confirm her recent strong performances in the Rome tournament, where she eliminated two top 20 members.

It’s over for Jessika Ponchet, 187th world. After a great adventure the week before in Strasbourg where she reached the semi-finals, the 22-year-old Frenchwoman logically bowed against Swiss Belinda Bencic, 15th, 6-1, 6-4.

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