Mladenovic 3.55, Kvitova 1.39
Kvitova leads their previous meetings 3-1. They last met in June 2017 on the grass in Birmingham. Kvitova won in 2 tight sets. Mladenovic won indoors in Paris in January 2013. She won in straight sets. All their matches have ended in 2 sets.
Defending champion Mladenovic has better return stats for the week. Kvitova has served really well and has held 90% of her service games.
Mladenovic had served well in her first 2 matches but against Kasatkina in the semi final she faced 14 break points and was broken 6 times. She came into this tournament with a 14 match losing streak in singles. At the Australian Open she won the title in the doubles with Babos who won the singles title in Taipei earlier this morning. That doubles title certainly seems to have given her confidence a much needed boost. She was a set and a break down in the semi final but fought back well. She needs to improve on serve if she is to compete with Kvitova.
Kvitova has been broken 4 times this week and looks in good shape. Goerges gave her a good work out in the semi final. Kvitova took the opening set with a late break and Goerges leveled tot take it into a deciding set. Kvitova stepped up in that third set and lost just 2 games.
Back Kvitova if she gets broken first. The match is hers to win or lose unless Mladenovic finds REAL inspiration.
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