Brisbane R1: Alize Cornet vs Kristina Mladenovic
An all French affair will take place on Sunday afternoon at the Brisbane International when Alize Cornet and Kristina Mladenovic go head-to-head for the very first time. Kristina Mladenovic overtook Alize Cornet as the number 1 Frenchwoman in 2015, Alize will be keen to reclaim that title, starting with a strong Australian summer and a victory over Kristina on Sunday.
After a really promising season in 2014, Alize really struggled in 2015. After a strong off-season in Monaco, Alize will be ready for a much improved year in 2016. Alize’s form was particularly poor towards the end of 2015, winning just 3 matches of her last 10. Alize will be hoping to put all that behind her and start the year with a strong Australian summer, Alize generally plays some of her best tennis in Australia.
In complete contrast to Alize, Kristina had a wonderful 2015 and as a result she rocketed up the rankings and overtook Alize as the number 1 Frenchwoman. There will now be added pressure on Mladenovic heading into 2016, it will be interesting to see if she is able to continue to rise up the rankings, how high can she go?
This will be the first ever encounter between the pair and it promises to be a really close and entertaining clash between two totally different players. I believe a determined Cornet will be smart enough to exploit the weaknesses in Mladenovic’s game, which she will know well given the two are good friends and have trained together quite a bit.