??? BNPPO19, Indian Wells – R1 Prediction
?? Kristina Mladenovic vs. ?? Saisai Zheng
Kristina Mladenovic and Saisai Zheng will do battle for a place in the second round at the BNP Paribas Open. This is a critical clash for both players. Mladenovic simply needs a win whilst Zheng needs to put together a good tournament on the big stage rather than only at the International level events.
The odds for this match are fairly even but I think Zheng should be a fairly clear favourite and should be too solid for the Frenchwoman. Zheng has been in good form over the last month whilst Mladenovic has been a mess for a long time and really struggles to win matches against decent opposition. Zheng is decent opposition and should be too strong from the back of the court for Mladenovic. Zheng is crafty and should be smart enough to expose the obvious weaknesses in the Mladenovic game such as her weak second serve, poor movement and vulnerable backhand.