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(11) 🇫🇷 Kristina Mladenovic vs 🇷🇴 Ana Bogdan
Kristina Mladenovic arrives in Melbourne under a heap of pressure. The Frenchwoman has lost 14 matches in a row and has not won a match since Washington last year. Mladenovic will open her campaign at Melbourne Park with a first round clash against Ana Bogdan. This is a reasonable draw for Mladenovic, can the 11th seed finally reverse her fortunes or will it be 15 losses in a row for the talented 24-year-old?
Kristina Mladenovic is completely deprived of confidence at the moment having lost 14 matches in a row. Mladenovic was in super form midway through last season but things have gone dramatically wrong for the Frenchwoman. There is pressure on Mladenovic to quickly rediscover her form as she will soon have a lot of points to defend, if she keeps going how she has been lately she will suffer a huge drop in ranking.
Ana Bogdan’s form heading into the Australian Open was quite unconvincing. Bogdan did manage to claim a big win over Camila Giorgi in the opening round in Shenzhen before succumbing to Kristyna Pliskova in straight sets in the next round. Bogdan was beaten by the 364th ranked Aussie Naiktha Bains in the opening round of qualifying in Hobart last week.
Mladenovic won the only previous match between the pair, a 7-6 6-3 win in Moscow in 2015.