Kristina Mladenovic vs Angelique Kerber
|Date & Time||Sunday September 30, 2018, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
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German superstar, Angelique Kerber will begin her 2018 China Open against Kristina Mladenovic from France.
Kristina Mladenovic enters this tournament after a poor few weeks as she lost in the opening round of both the Pan Pacific Open and the Wuhan Open. Kristina Mladenovic has been struggling with her serve and this was evident in her last match as she hit 6 double faults and had her serve broken on 6 occasions. This match will present Kristina Mladenovic with similar challenges and Kerber is an exceptional defensive tennis and she will test the French players serve.
On the other side of the coin, Angelique Kerber has also had a tough few weeks as she only managed to make the second round of the Wuhan Open and the third round of the US Open. Kerber’s form seems to have dropped since her win at Wimbledon and she will be determined to turn things around. Angelique Kerber has historically done well in Asia as she has made it into the final of the Pan Pacific Open and Hong Kong Open in the past. As far as this match is concerned, Kerber is a much higher ranked player when compared to Kristina Mladenovic and she should be more than capable of winning.
Kristina Mladenovic and Angelique Kerber have played four times in the past with Kerber winning on 3 occasions and Mladenovic winning once.
Both of these players are struggling so it is will be very interesting to see how they try to turn things around. While Kerber has struggled to win matches, she has no obvious issues while Kristina Mladenovic has big problems with her serve. Angelique Kerber is exceptional at exploiting issues with serves and considering the experience and accomplishments of the German, I see her turning her form around and winning this match.