Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Nestor, French Open runners-up and the 8th seeds at Wimbledon, won the mixed doubles title today when they defeated top seeds Lisa Raymond and Bruno Soares 5-7, 6-2, 8-6 in the final. Mladenovic (who, for most of the match, had singles champion Marion Bartoli enthusiastically cheering for her from the stands) put on a show that confirms why she might soon be the most sought-after doubles partner on the tour.
Mladenovic served superbly and cleverly, hit some big passing shots, and played the net very well. She held her nerve at a very big moment, too. Serving at 4-5 in the third set to stay in the match, Mladenovic and Nestor faced two break points--match points for Raymond and Soares. Mladenovic faulted on her first serve, which she had attempted to place up the middle. She then hit as big a serve out wide as you could imagine, and saved the second championship point.
When Nestor served for the match, the team went up 40-0, and Mladenovic had a chance to hit a sweet angled volley for championship point. She failed to get the ball over the net, however, but she and Nestor won the tournament on their second championship point.
And so France has two Wimbledon champions this year.
The top-seeded Czech team of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova won the junior girls doubles title at Wimbledon today. Krejcikova and Siniakova defeated Anhelina Kalinina and Iryna Shymanovich 6-3, 6-1 in the final. Kalinina and Shymanovich were seeded 8th.
Krejcikova and Siniakova, who didn't drop a set at Wimbledon, won the French Open junior title earlier this season.
Jiske Griffioen and Aniek Van Koot, the 2nd seeds, won the women's wheelchair doubles championship. They defeated Sabine Ellerbrock and Sharon Walraven 7-5, 7-6. Ellerbrock won the French Open singles title; there is no singles wheelchair competition at Wimbledon.
Back to the mixed doubles match for a moment. This is what poor Kristina was called by the commentators:
And Virginia Wade's masterpiece--"Malaneninov," which came out of Wade's mouth only once, but it's too good to not repeat.
Hello! Aren't all of you making a lot of money to sit there and say words? Could you even try to pronounce a Wimbledon champion's name correctly? It isn't really hard to pronounce; it sounds the way it's spelled.