Decreased by chest pain, Kristina Mladenovic lost on Monday in the first round of the US Open against Russian Kamilla Rakhimova (2-6, 6-2, 6-3).
Difficult day for Kristina Mladenovic. She first learned of a change of opponent for her first round. While the Frenchwoman had prepared to face Johanna Konta, the Briton withdrew.
Barely an hour before the start of the match, the Russian Kamilla Rakhimova (134th) learned that she was drafted and therefore entered the big picture. The lack of information on this opponent did not disturb Mladenovic who delivered a good quality first set (6-2).
Mladenovic looked distressed on the court
Everything was getting complicated quickly. Because of an opponent who finally returned to his match, but especially because of a shipwreck in the service. A game with three double faults provided the first break for Rakhimova. Mladenovic made two more on his next engagement. She was down 4-0 and looked distressed on the court.
After the second set lost (13% of points behind her second ball, 6 double faults, 13 faults), she involved the physio for pain in the upper part of the abdominals. The benefits of the intervention were not immediately seen with a break conceded. Mladenovic managed to unbreaker in stride, but she was not going to be able to reverse the trend of the match and bowed on one last foul.