Local favourite Kristina Mladenovic will face Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Tuesday, June 1. The match timings will be announced soon. Get the live streaming options of this Kristina Mladenovic v Anna Karolina Schmiedlova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Kristina Mladenovic v Anna Karolina Schmiedlova Head to Head
The head-to-head tally is tied a 1-1 with Mladenovic getting the last laugh in the 2018 Wimbledon. This is the first time two ladies are meeting on the clay surface.
Schmiedlova, Hoping to Better Last Year’s Run in Paris
Among the four Grand Slams on the tour, Roland Garros is the only one where the 26-year-old Slovakian has enjoyed some success through the years. She has made it to the third round here, twice, including last season when she beat Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka.
In fact, three of the five times that she made it to the final on the WTA Tour were played on clay – Schmiedlova went the distance in two of those.
By all means, the 26-year-old is playing on her preferred surface of choice but so far this season, she hasn’t quite managed to move past the early rounds or even the qualifying stages.
With the exception of WTA Guadalajara and Monterrey where she reached the quarterfinal, she has been beaten in the opening rounds. Her last tournament was WTA Parma where she fell in round two.
In the French Open this season, the World No. 121 started as a qualifier and beat the top seed Vera Zvonareva in the final qualifying round to reach the main draw.
Mladenovic, Looking to Build on Doubles Momentum
Mladenovic is a two-time defending doubles champion here at Roland Garros, having won the title last season with Timea Babos. As a singles player, however, she hasn’t made it past the second round in the last three seasons.
Her preparations for the Paris Slam have been quite underwhelming, comprising a first-round loss in the Serbia Open and a second-round appearance in the Italian Open where she fell to Petra Martic. However, she did reach the final in the women’s doubles there with Marketa Vondrousova but had to settle for the runner-up trophy.
Something similar was the case in the Madrid Open, Istanbul Cup, and the Volvo Car Open where Mladenovic picked up just three wins (two of which were in the qualifiers).
On the whole, her win-loss tally for the stands at 10-14 for the season.
Mladenovic v Schmiedlova Prediction and Tip
This fixture can very well go either way. Neither player is looking particularly sharp this season, making this one of those ties that is far too tricky to call. However, we can certainly expect a few games in the making.