World No.45 Kristina Mladenovic will play out of form Latvian Anastasija Sevastova in the second round of the 2019 Kremlin Cup on Thursday, October 17. The match is scheduled to start at 3 pm local time (1 pm BST). You can find Kristina Mladenovic v Anastasija Sevastova live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Kristina Mladenovic v Anastasija Sevastova Head to Head
Sevastova leads the series 2-0 having triumphed in Strasbourg nine years ago in the first meeting and most recently at the Italian Open in 2018. Both matches took place on clay.
Mladenovic Back Into The Top 50
A little over two years ago, Kristina Mladenovic was ranked inside the world’s top-10 after a spectacular breakout season on the main tour. But Mladenovic comes into this year’s Kremlin Cup ranked as World No.45, having at least made it inside top-50. That is a scant consolation for the Frenchwoman who dropped down to as low as No.66 in April.
Ever since Mladenovic teamed up with renowned coach on the WTA tour Sascha Bajin, it felt like a return to her early season form of 2017 was on the cards. Although she has taken small steps in her rejuvenation, the 26-year-old has posted three impressive wins over top-10 players this calendar. She beat Ashleigh Barty en route to the quarterfinals in Rome after upsetting Naomi Osaka in Dubai just a few months earlier.
Mladenovic’s most recent win over a top-10 player came during the Asian swing in Zhengzhou when she beat World No.3 Elina Svitolina en route to the semifinals.
Sevastova’s Form Faded Since Baltic Open
Anastasija Sevastova captured her fourth WTA title at the Baltic Open in her home country at the end of July, but her form has faded dramatically ever since.
She has struggled to record back-to-back wins, with the US Open being her only highlight of this second half of the campaign where she managed to achieve that feat. The Latvian comes to Moscow looking to make amends for that disastrous bout of form.
But despite her on court struggles, she registered a comfortable straight sets win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first round on Monday to set up a meeting against Mladenovic. Sevastova seems to enjoy playing the big hitters, using her unorthodox slice to perfection to counter their strokes.
Mladenovic v Sevastova Predictions & Tips
Sevastova has been in terrible form lately and it will be a slight surprise if she knocks out an in-form Mladenovic who performed remarkably well this autumn. The odds-makers seem to disagree with that assessment solely due to the Latvian’s superior ranking and head-to-head record. But the Frenchwoman is a smart pick to sail through.
Tip: Mladenovic to win: 11/10 3/1 with 888Sport