Angelique Kerber vs Kristina Mladenovic, Stuttgart R2 Preview

Porsche Tennis GP, ???️ Stuttgart R2 Preview
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Two-time defending champion Angelique Kerber will begin her 2017 Porsche Tennis GP campaign with a second round clash against Kristina Mladenovic. Kerber, an ambassador for Porsche, has thrived at her home event over the last couple of years, winning back-to-back titles at the event, successfully defending a title for the very first time in her career when she won the event last year.

Kerber’s world number 1 ranking was recently relinquished at the hands of Serena Williams, however with Serena Williams side-lined due to pregnancy for the remainder of the year, Angelique Kerber has brilliant opportunity to regain her number 1 title and be a real contender for the biggest titles throughout the remainder of the year.

Kristina Mladenovic got off to a great start in Stuttgart, claiming a commanding straight set 6-4 6-2 win over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Mladenovic is full of confidence at the moment, after a run to the final in Acapulco and a semi-final run in Indian Wells. More recently, Mladenovic claimed two comprehensive straight sets in Fed Cup action at the weekend on clay.

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Angelique Kerber holds a perfect 3-0 record over Kristina Mladenovic. All three matches were on a hard court, two of them came last year, including a 6-7 6-1 6-4 triumph in Hong Kong. I suspect Kerber will once again be too solid for Mladenovic, Kerber thrives in the Stuttgart conditions and unless she is having a very poor day, she is simply too consistent for Mladenovic.

Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Kristina Mladenovic in 2 sets

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