TennisSection previews the 2022 Australian Open as Belinda Bencic takes on Kristina Mladenovic in the first round on Monday, January 17th, 2022.
Will Kristina Mladenovic increase her head to head lead against Belinda Bencic as she aims to cause the early upset? Will Belinda Bencic show us why she is one of the toughest players to beat when she is in form? Both players know each other and their games quite well, but only one will make their way to the round of 64 of the 2022 Australian Open. Who will it be?
Kristina Mladenovic is a very good player on her day, having a lot of experienced on the WTA Tour, mostly on the doubles side of things. Kristina has a huge serve and forehand, but what she has shown over the last year or so is that she lacks the consistency in her singles game, which means that she can only really challenge in smaller tournaments. Kristina is going to struggle to find her form here at the 2022 Australian Open in the singles, especially with a tough start in the draw against Belinda Bencic. However, she will still have the doubles draw where she can compete.
Belinda Bencic got a few matches under her belt before entering the 2022 Australian Open, playing at the Sydney Open where she got to the quarter finals and lost in a very tight encounter against Paula Badosa. Belinda is improving her game and in 2021 she was in great form and won the Gold medal in Tokyo. Belinda knows that she can go far here in Australia if she plays at the level she knows she can, but she also knows that sometimes she takes things too lightly and this can lead to giving opponents like Kristina Mladenovic upset wins.
Belinda Bencic and Kristina Mladenovic have met 7 times before, with Kristina Mladenovic leading the head to head 4-3. Although Kristina leads the head to head, a fair few of her wins against Belinda were years ago. Belinda is in much better form than the Frenchwoman right now, and she will come out here determined to get things off to a positive start. Kristina has a safety net as her main focus is the doubles draw, therefore if push comes to shove, I don’t think she will leave it all out on the line for a win at the 2022 Australian Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Belinda Bencic in 3 Sets.
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