Mladenovic defends Final ranking points this week
Due to start at 12:30
Zhang 2.60, Mladenovic 1.61
Mladenovic leads their previous matches 3-1. The last time they met was in Eastbourne in June 2017. Mladenovic won on grass in 2 easy sets. Zhang won their only clay match which was in an ITF tournament in 2011.
Overall results favour Zhang in the last 12 months and also in 2018. Mladenovic’s 12 month clay results are stronger.
Zhang reached the semi finals in Prague last week. That was unexpected as before that tournament she had a poor clay record in the last year. None of her wins last week were over a top 100 player. She beat Osaka in the first round this week.
Mladenovic beat Vandeweghe in the last round. She reached the final of this tournament last year.
Back Mladenovic above 1.85.
Update: Mladenovic broke early but could not keep the lead. Zhang broke back but another break for Mladenovic gave her the set. Zhang levelled the match. Mladenovic broke at the start of set 3 and was able to hold on for the win.
She twice hit our entry price.