Fed Cup WG 1: France vs Belgium, Rubber 2
?? Kristina Mladenovic vs ?? Kirsten Flipkens
A resurgent Kristina Mladenovic will come up against Kirsten Flipkens in the second rubber on Saturday in Mouilleron le Captif. With Mertens likely to give Belgium the edge in the first rubber, the pressure will be heaped on Mladenovic to keep the tie alive for France.
Kristina Mladenovic finally got back onto the winners list last week in St. Petersburg. Mladenovic arrived at the event on a 15-match losing streak in singles which dated back to Washington last year. Nevertheless, Mladenovic is building some momentum in 2018, the Frenchwoman won the doubles title at the Australian Open a week before her run to the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy final.
Kristina Mladenovic has been at the core of the French Fed Cup team for the last couple of years. Mladenovic has expressed her commitment to giving her all in these ties and representing her nation whenever possible. Mladenovic has an overall 6/6 win/loss record in singles and an impressive 9/2 record in doubles.
Kirsten Flipkens is the most experienced player in this Fed Cup world group 1 clash. Flipkens made her Fed Cup debut way back in 2003 and has played in 24 ties. Flipkens does not have a great record, amassing a 12/19 win/loss record in Fed Cup singles matches. Flipkens is a winner of the Fed Cup commitment award. Flipkens’ form to start the 2018 season has been average, a few good wins but a few bad losses including a shock exit in the opening round at St. Petersburg last week.
Mladenovic won the only previous match between the pair 6-4 6-3 in Acapulco last year.