2018 Miami Open semifinalist Danielle Collins of the United States will face France’s Kristina Mladenovic in the first round of the Miami Open. The match is yet to be scheduled. Get the live streaming options of this Danielle Collins v Kristina Mladenovic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Danielle Collins v Kristina Mladenovic Head to Head
The Frenchwoman won their only previous matchup in Beijing in 2019, winning the Round-of-64 contest in straight sets.
Collins Aiming To Repeat 2018 Exploits
World No. 40 Danielle Collins has been in decent form in 2021, reaching a semifinal and two quarterfinals in her first four tournaments.
Having ended 2020 with a run to her first-ever quarterfinal at the French Open, Collins began the new season by beating Belgium’s Ysaline Bonaventure, Serbia’s Nina Stojanovic and Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova en route to the last eight of the Yarra Valley Classic, where she was beaten by Serena Williams.
At the Australian Open, the 2019 semifinalist started well with a win over Belgium’s Ana Bogdan but lost to Pliskova in straight sets to go out of the second round for the second consecutive year.
Quickly putting the Melbourne disappointment behind, Collins reached the semifinal of the Phillip Island Trophy, beating compatriot Varvara Lepchenko, Japan’s Misaki Doi and Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson, before going down to eventual champion Daria Kasatkina of Russia in three.
In her next tournament in Adelaide, Collins knocked out China’s Zheng Saisai in the first round before clinching her biggest win of the year, knocking out World No. 1 Ash Barty in straight sets in the Round of 16. She, however, retired due to an injury against Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinal, while trailing 2-6, 0-3.
Yet to win a title, Collins won a WTA 125K title at Newport Beach in 2018.
This will be the third time that the 27-year-old will be competing at the Miami Open. In 2018, she became the first qualifier in the history to reach the semifinal of the tournament after she knocked out Venus Williams in the quarterfinal.
In the last edition of the Miami Open in 2019, Collins, who has a career-high ranking of 23, was knocked out by China’s Yafan Wang in the third round.
Mixed Year So Far for Mladenovic
Facing Collins in the first round will be France’s Kristina Mladenovic, who is 5-7 in singles this year.
The six-foot tall right-hander, who has five doubles Grand Slam titles, will be playing in the Miami Open for the eighth time in her career. Her best showing was in 2015, when she reached the third round. She has been knocked out in the second round on four occasions and failed to register a win in 2014 and 2019.
The 27-year-old reached the doubles semifinal in Miami in 2015 and the last eight in 2017.
A former World No. 10, Mladenovic is an eight-time singles finalist on the tour. She won her only title in St. Petersburg in 2017.
When it comes to doubles, the Frenchwoman has won 24 titles, including the Australian Open and the French Open in 2020. She has been a finalist on 14 other occasions.
After a dismal 4-9 2020 season, Mladenovic’s poor form continued in 2021, as she lost her first round matches in Abu Dhabi and at the Yarra Valley Classic, falling to Garbine Muguruza and Jessica Pegula respectively.
The two-time major quarterfinalist finally found some form at the Australian Open, defeating 20th seed Maria Sakkari of Greece in the first round and Japan’s Nao Hibino in the second to match her previous best performance at the Melbourne major. But a place in the Round of 16 remained elusive as she went down to Pegula in the third round.
Currently ranked 56th in singles, Mladenovic made a first round exit at Adelaide International, before reaching the last eight in Lyon, by beating Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu and Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan in the first two rounds. Spain’s Paula Badosa ended her run in the quarterfinal.
Following the little success at home, she made two more early exits, falling to Pegula for the third time in the year in the second round in Dubai and to Gasparyan in the first round in St. Petersburg.
Collins v Mladenovic Prediction and Tip
This should be a good contest between the two 27-year-olds, but expect the American to go through. She is in good form and has produced decent results this year.
Tip: Collins to win in straight sets: 5/6 (bet365)