The second round of the 2019 WTA Zhengzhou will be an all-French affair with Caroline Garcia set to face the doubles veteran Kristina Mladenovic. The match will take place on Wednesday, September 11, and will start after 5:00 pm local time (10:00 am BST). Get Caroline Garcia v Kristina Mladenovic live streaming options with the preview here.
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Caroline Garcia v Kristina Mladenovic Head to Head
The tally is currently tied at 1-1, with Mladenovic taking the most recent win. They met in the Italian Open a few months back, where Kristina stunned her compatriot with 6-1, 6-2, short of a double bagel.
Garcia, Seeking a Reprieve on the Asian Swing
Caroline Garcia is going through quite a slump in her form at the moment and will be hoping to turn it around quite soon. The timing couldn’t be better for the 25-year-old Frenchwoman, who has seen quite a bit of success on the Asian swing through the years.
She has won the China Open, Wuhan Open, and Tianjin Open and by all means, has a very good grip in these tournaments. However, this kind of a repeat in the form couldn’t come sooner for Garcia, who has won just two matches in her last six outings.
Since the Mallorca Open, she has won only in Laussane and Jurmala and went without a win through the entire US Open series. Moreover, he defeats have come at the hands of rather upcoming players like Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur. In fact, in Zhengzhou, she survived an early scare by fending off Tereza Martincova in three sets.
Mladenovic, with a Similar Rut
Currently ranked World No. 3 on the doubles circuit, Kristina Mladenovic hasn’t had a lot of success in replicating that kind of form on the singles tour. While she has had her fair share of stunning results – defeating Angelique Kerber in the first round in the US Open – the Frenchwoman hasn’t quite been able to build on those results.
With a win-loss tally of 22-21, her best result of the season came in the Italian Open where she was a quarterfinalist, being a qualifier. In a majority of the tournaments, she has always succumbed in the early stages.
While she had an easy started against Yingying Duan in the first round in Zhengzhou, it is hard to say how far she will go. Mladenovic hasn’t been among the most consistent player on the tour as such, after all.
Garcia v Mladenovic Tips & Predictions
The two players have been in a similar form, albeit poor. This one may very well go to three sets and can swing either way. It is an evenly matched fixture with a seat in the quarterfinal at steak.
Tip: Three sets in the match (888Sport)