Kristina Mladenovic was surely the heavy favorite to beat Kurumi Nara for a spot in the Citi Open semis. But the striking French woman lost badly 63 6l. After the match Mladenovic was devastated. She marched all the way to the last practice court corner - which is in view from the back of our press tent - and she promptly broke two Wilson Stream racquets, one was badly mangled. And Kiki was clearly crying with her head in a towel. Her coach, also a tall woman, was trying to talk with her or berate her, it was hard to tell from our distance across the court. But Kiki partly had her back to her while sitting in her chair, and was waving her arm at her, as if saying Just shut up.

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