?? Nature Valley International, Eastbourne R2 Preview
?? (8) Ashleigh Barty vs. ?? Kristina Mladenovic
I like Barty in this match-up, on this surface. These two have similar games, both like to dominate with their forehand whilst maneuvering the ball around on the backhand side with slice, both have great first serves and are two of the best at the net. The difference is that Barty does everything a little better and is far more consistent and assured under pressure. Barty is also in much better form. I don’t see many breaks of serve in this match-up, meaning Mladenovic’s more vulnerable serve will be a big factor. Mladenovic’s serve is particularly vulnerable in the often windy conditions in Eastbourne. Barty will win the majority of extended rallies and has the more reliable weapons when she looks to dictate.
Prediction: Ashleigh Barty to defeat Kristina Mladenovic in 2 sets