Rome – Kristina Mladenovic, the 63rd player in the world, did not go into details by eliminating her team-mate Caroline Garcia (22) 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the tournament in Rome on Tuesday.
The duel between the two ex-sisters enemies, scrambled for almost three years, but met since the beginning of the year in the Fed Cup, has not reached peaks.
Apparently embarrassed by the surface, Caroline Garcia seemed out of touch very quickly, unable to get into the game, showing at times signs of annoyance. More applied, and more in legs, Kristina Mladenovic, who had to go through qualifying to join the table, she handled perfectly their second face-to-face (she lost the first start of 2016).
The relationship between the two former doubles partners had deteriorated in late 2016 after Caroline Garcia's decision to withdraw from the France team after the defeat of the Blue in the Fed Cup final. After three years of absence, Caroline Garcia returned to the French team this season. Aligned together at the double face against Romania on April 21 in Rouen, they gave the Blues the decisive point to reach the final.