Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic won the doubles

Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic won the doubles

They gave it back! The French pair of Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia won the double at Roland-Garros 2022 as in 2016. On Sunday, June 5, the two players dominated the American pair Cori Gauff-Jessica Pegula after a hook fight and three sets (2 -6, 6-3, 6-2) on the Philippe-Chatrier court was very hot before participating in the finals between Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud.

This title means a return to the forefront of the duo, which seemed destined to never play together again on the field. A few months after their first Roland-Garros title, Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic also made it to the finals at the US Open, and it appears that they will dominate the discipline in the years to come. But the breakup ended this cooperation.

Determined to focus on a singles career, Caroline Garcia missed most of the doubles tournaments and especially the Fed Cup, which her French teammates Kristina Mladenovic, Pauline Parmentier and Alizé Cornet would not forgive.

“I don’t know if people realize it, yes, we had a great career in doubles, but we never shared anything outside of tennis. I haven’t lost much, because she’s not like she’s my best friend and she’s known my whole life “, Wrote Kristina Mladenovic in the column for the Sport360 website in 2017.

Fed Cup 2019 as a bandage

Since then, water has flowed under the bridges. Caroline Garcia has returned to the French team and The victory won in Australia during the 2019 Fed Cup eventually eased tensions. In the difficulties in singles (Kristina Mladenovic in the first round of this Roland-Garros, Caroline Garcia in the second) the two players played together at the beginning of the Australian Open and then Roland-Garros, where their hugs to the match point undoubtedly ended convincing the general public that everything is fine between the two players.

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“I am very happy to be able to reconnect with Kristina. There is no better title for us than Roland-Garros, ” Caroline Garcia said as she picked up the cup. For Kristina Mladenovicová, this is the fourth title of Porte d’Auteuil (winner in 2019 and 2020 with Hungary Timea Babos), who also won two Australian Open doubles and two Australian Open and Wimbledon in mixed doubles.

Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic won their second Roland-Garros together on Sunday, June 5, 2022.

However, nothing was easy in this Sunday’s final. As in the semifinals, the French pair had a bad start and suffered a cruel 6: 2 in the first set. But apparently many more accomplices on the ground than Cori Gauff and Jessica Pegula immediately put pressure on them to get into the break from the start of the second set, and a few minutes later they shoved it into their pockets without shaking (6-3).

A bright spot for the Blues

Opposite, the American duo Cori Gauff began to shake. The young player (18), who was defeated by Iga Swiatek in the singles final the day before, seems to be showing her age again. Two double mistakes on the first three points of the set caused trouble for his team, which never recovered from the new break he received at the beginning of the inning. Despite Kristina Mladenovicová’s last game, which was a bit difficult, the two French women were able to rejoice in the smash from Caroline Garcia.

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This victory in Saturday, combined with the victory of Gabriel Debra among juniors, brings back a smile to French tennis, which has desperately needed results in recent months. Despite some great performances, such as Léolia Jeanjean or Hugo Gaston, no tricolor on Porte d’Auteuil has managed to cross the third round in singles this year, whether men or women. Fortunately, Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic have already agreed on a doubles match next year.

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