World No. 51 Anett Kontaveit of Estonia will be up against Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic, who is ranked 64th in the world in the second round of the 2021 French Open on Thursday, June 3. Get the live streaming options of this Anett Kontaveit v Kristina Mladenovic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Anett Kontaveit v Kristina Mladenovic Head to Head
The pair have met four times before, and Kontaveit has won on each occasion, Three of those matches were on hard courts – in Copenhagen in 2012, and in Tokyo and Moscow in 2018 – with their one previous match on clay coming in 2018 as well, the Estonian winning a three setter.
Kontaveit Back From the Brink of Defeat
Kontaveit was one point away from defeat in her first round match with Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland. However, she dug deep, saved a match point, and ultimately romped away with the third set.
She knows, though, that she had a lucky escape after flirting with disaster against the world no. 72.
After the first three games went to serve, Golubic was the first to be broken, but Kontaveit surrendered her advantage in the very next game and it eventually went to a tie-break which the Swiss player won.
The second set began with the first four games going against serve before Golubic was finally able to hold.
Four more games went against serve until serving to stay in the match, Kontaveit faced match point against her. She managed to do so and it again went to a tie-break, and this time it was Golubic who faltered, and the match was level.
The missed opportunity seemed to deflate Golubic and she was not the same player.. She did not win a single game after that as the Estonia cruised through the fianl set, taking it to love.
Kontaveit could breathe a sigh of relief at the end but it had been a close shave.
Doubles Champion Mladenovic Begins Well
With partner Timea Babos, Mladenovic is the reigning doubles champion at Roland Garros, a title she has won three times, twice with Babos, and once with Caroline Garcia.
She also reached the quarter-finals in singles here in 2017, and will be hoping for another good run after a comfortable first round victory.
Drawn against the Slovak qualifier, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, the world 121, the match began with both women coming under pressure on serve, before Schmiedlova was the first to drop hers. The match then went with serve, until it was the Slovak’s turn to break, but parity lasted just a few minutes before Mladenovic broke her once more and then served out.
The second set was totally one-sided with the Frenchwoman taking it to love. So dominant was she that Schmiedlova only won a single point on her serve in the entire set.
Kontaveit v Mladenovic Prediction and Tip
Kontaveit has a 100% record against her opponent from four previous meetings, and will start the match favourite to make it five in a row.