Alison Riske v Kristina Mladenovic Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for Slovenian Open 2021: Mladenovic Could Extend Her Dominance Over Riske

Alison Riske v Kristina Mladenovic Live Streaming, Prediction
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Third seed Alison Riske of the U.S. will meet France’s Kristina Mladenovic in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Slovenian Open on Friday, September 17. Get the live streaming options of this Alison Riske v Kristina Mladenovic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Alison Riske v Kristina Mladenovic Head to Head

With a 4-1 lead, Mladenovic has dominated the rivalry so far. She won at the French Open in 2014, in Strasbourg in 2015 and 2016 and in Birmingham in 2016.

However, in their last meeting at Wimbledon in 2017, Riske finally got a first win over the Frenchwoman, coming back from a set down to win the round of 64 contest.

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Riske Rallies Past Kuzmova

Alison Riske rebounded from a set down to edge out Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova in an up-and-down Round-of-16 battle.

Both players had 12 break point opportunities in the match, but it was the American who converted five of them, and saved nine on her way to 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win in two hours and 17 minutes.

The win marked the first time that Riske won two consecutive matches in what has been a poor season for the American. She had come into the tournament with a 4-11 record in 2021, having not gone beyond the second round in any of the tournaments.

This is also the first time since January last year that Riske will be featuring in a quarterfinal. The World No. 38 reached the last eight in Brisbane last year, but has struggled since then.

In Slovenia, the two-time WTA winner began her campaign with a 7-5, 6-3 win over World No. 632 Pia Lovric. Riske struggled with her service games in the first set of the first match, dropping serve thrice against the local player but had better control in the second as she dropped just four points on her serve to send Lovric packing.

Against the qualifier Kuzmova in the second round, Riske again struggled a bit at the start but ended the match with 74% points won on the first serve and 46% on the second.

Mladenovic Breezes Past Konjuh

A day after being tested by World No. 535 in the first round, Kristina Mladenovic raced past Ana Konjuh in the second round to reach a fourth quarterfinal of the season.

The 28-year-old Frenchwoman needed just an hour and 21 minutes to beat the Croatian 6-0, 6-4. She dropped just seven points on her serve in the first set as she bagelled the former top 20 player.

The second set was much closer with Konjuh giving Mladenovic a tough fight. She broke the World No. 68 twice, but it was Mladenovic who edged ahead with three breaks of serves.

This will be Mladenovic’s third quarterfinal on hard courts this year. She had reached the stage in Lyon and Chicago previously. She was also a quarterfinalist on the grass courts of Nottingham, but is yet to reach a semifinal this year. The last time she made it to the final four of a WTA event it was at the Kremlin Cup in 2019.

Mladenovic had a shaky start to the tournament, dropping a set against Slovenia’s Nika Radisic in the first round before steadying herself and winning the one-hour-and-55-minute contest 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Riske v Mladenovic Prediction and Tip

With two wins in a row, Riske will feel a lot more confident now, but faces a tough opponent in Mladenovic, who has dominated the head-to-head rivalry. Expect this match to go the distance with Mladenovic extending her dominance over the American.

Tip: Mladenovic to win: 10/11 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2021 Slovenian Open will be played from September 13 to 19. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

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