The dynamic duo of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic have been formidable thus far on clay claiming four titles, one of which is their biggest yet the French Open crown. Their partnership has only grown stronger as the season passes, and we look to see if the second seeds can replicate their success off clay on the grass courts of Wimbledon.
Notable results to date
Being crowned doubles champions at the French Open is the biggest accolade thus far for the French duo. Seeded fifth at the event, the pair were progressing through each round with relative ease and with the other seeds losing in early rounds, they had a somewhat smooth passageway to the finals. In the finals, they met their strongest test yet, facing former French Open champions and seventh seeds Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova. And despite losing the second set, the pair bounced back strongly in front of their home crowd, to bring home the trophy.
Prior to that victory, the pair were already showing their dominance on clay. Starting from the green clay courts on Charleston where they won their first title as a pair, they kept going, winning titles in Stuttgart and Madrid and were on a win streak of their own.
Other notable results include finishing as finalists in their first tournament together at Sydney and a similar result at Dubai.
The pair also combined to play for France in the Fed Cup semifinals where they clinched a nervy deciding doubles rubber to bring France to the finals after an 11-year drought.
Best grass results leading into Wimbledon
However, both women are primarily singles players and for one reason or another, they did not compete in any warm-up grass events in the doubles. They took the time to focus on their singles and it paid off in that regards with Garcia clinching the inaugural Mallorca title, her first on grass. Mladenovic had a pretty decent outing on grass as well, making the finals at the Ricoh Open and finishing as a quarterfinalist at the Aegon International.
Best result at Wimbledon
This will be their first Wimbledon appearance as a pair and they are the second seeds. They have previously competed with other partners. Mladenovic’s best result came in 2014 where she and her then partner Timea Babos made the finals but fell short against the untouchable team then, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. Garcia, on the other hand, has not enjoyed much success on the grass in doubles and is yet to progress beyond the round of 32.
How their game translates to the surface
Both players possess decent serves that would aid on grass. Garcia, for whom grass is not her favorite, had proven herself with the title. Helped largely by her consistent serves and ability to control play from the baseline. Mladenovic is better at the net and is more flexible enabling her to play great volleys at the net. If they both bring their form and their different abilities plus Mladenovic's experience to the grass court, they may just have a shot at winning their second doubles Slam.