WTA Rome Open, Quarter Final: Mladenovic v Sakkari

Due to start at 6:30 pm

Mladenovic 1.93, Sakkari 2.04

This will be their first meeting.

Overall results favour Sakkari in the last 12 months and also in 2019. Both players have strong clay results but Sakkari has the edge in the last 12 months.

Mladenovic came through the qualifying rounds. She beat Garcia, Bencic and Barty in the main draw. That’s an impressive list of victories. Mladenovic has really picked up her game this week. Her current ranking doesn’t reflect her ability though does reflect her poor form in recent months.

Kristina Mladenovic

Kristina Mladenovic

Sakkari also came through the qualifying rounds. She beat Pavlyuchenkova and Kontaveit in the main draw. In the 3rd round she beat Kvitova who retired when 4-0 down in set 3.

Stats for the tournament favour Mladenovic in everything except service holds. Sakkari leads that stat 86% to 82% of service games held. I favour Mladenovic to win a tight match. Back her around 2.20.

Update: Mladenovic was broken early and went 1-4 down. She came back to take the set 7-5. She broke first in set 2 but after that her serve deserted her.
Sakkari won 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.

 

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