The 2020 season has been like no other in tennis. This year’s Baseline Awards look at the standout performers and moments during an unusual year.
Over the past three seasons, doubles partners Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic have proven that they can rely on each other through the good and bad times.
And 2020 definitely put their resilience to the test.
The year started off quite perfectly: After winning the WTA Finals at the end of 2019, that momentum carried over to the Australian Open, where they claimed the title for the second time in three years. Over the course of their run in Melbourne, the duo didn’t drop a set in six matches, including a win over the top seeds, Su-Wei Hsieh and Barbora Strycova, in the final.
Their winning streak soon came to a halt in the Doha semifinals. Babos and Mladenovic didn’t get an immediate chance to bounce back as that was their last tournament before the shutdown.
Still, when play resumed, they were among the heavy favorites for the US Open title. However, the 2018 runners-up didn’t get to make a serious charge at the top prize. Mladenovic got caught up in the COVID-19 protocols set up for the tournament, forcing them out of the Grand Slam.