Kristina Mladenovic vs Lesia Tsurenko, Dubai R1 Preview

Dubai R1: Kristina Mladenovic vs Lesia Tsurenko

An interesting first round encounter in Dubai on Monday sees Kristina Mladenovic come up against Lesia Tsurenko. Mladenovic and Tsurenko have made relatively disappointing starts to the season and will be desperate to claim a victory here and go on to have a good week at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. 

Kristina Mladenovic had a wonderful season 2015 but has struggled to emulate that form at the start of 2016. Mladenovic had a decent run to the third round at the Australian Open but she has failed to win a match at any other WTA event, suffering three first round exits. The Frenchwoman arrives in Dubai fresh off a disappointing first round loss to Laura Siegemund in St. Petersburg, Mladenovic led that match by a set and a break before completely losing her way. Mladenovic did however have some success during the Fed Cup, claiming a crucial win over Sara Errani. The quick conditions in Dubai should aid Mladenovic and her powerful game, Kristina played her best tennis in 2015 on a fast court.


Lesia Tsurenko is yet to win a match in 2016. Tsurenko suffered a first round loss to Tsvetana Pironkova in Sydney before losing to Varvara Lepchenko in three sets in Melbourne. Tsurenko hasn’t played since her first round loss at the Australian Open, meaning she has not played a match for three weeks and could be a little rusty. Tsurenko will enter this match with a degree of confidence knowing she is coming up against an opponent she has never lost to.

Lesia Tsurenko has a perfect 3-0 head-to-head record over Mladenovic. However, that record is somewhat irrelevant because the pair haven’t played since Brisbane at the start of 2012 where Tsurenko won an extremely tight match 4-6 7-5 7-6.

Mladenovic should be able to claim her first victory over the Ukrainian in this match. Mladenovic’s level has generally been much higher than Tsurenko’s in recent times. Mladenovic should have too many weapons for Tsurenko on the zippy Dubai courts, the Frenchwoman would have to play a pretty bad match just for Tsurenko to be competitive here. Tsurenko’s recent form has been terrible and there is no reason to suggest that will change here.

Prediction: Kristina Mladenovic to defeat Lesia Tsurenko in 2 sets


0 responses to “Kristina Mladenovic vs Lesia Tsurenko, Dubai R1 Preview”

  1. Frankly speaking, Mladenovic is very inconsistent. Her form is not really good either. I didn’t consider her Fed Cup performance was good even she played in front of home crowds.

    I reality, Tsurenko last o Lepchenko in AO2016 and Pironkova in Sydney Open didn’t indicate her form was really bad. Both players are the bad match-up for Tsurenko.

    Similarly, Tsurenko is a bad match up Mladenovic though the H2H was old (prior 2013). Based on the fast court speed that favours Mladenovic, I think this match will be tight. It can go either way in 3 setters.

    • I watched Tsurenko is Sydney and she was awful, I think her ranking is currently higher than where she is at in reality. Mladenovic may not be in great from but she has played decent tennis at times and looks close to finding her range. I feel pretty strongly that Mladenovic will win, we will see

      • I did watch Tsurenko match both in Sydney and Melbourne. I didn’t think it was she played badly after she came back from vacation to play her first match. She always has problems playing with Pironkova and Lepchenko.

        I thought Mladenovic played badly in St Peterburg and Fed Cup. Her mental weakness will continue to haunt her and also her doubles partnership with Garcia. If someone could beat her three times though in different periods. It means something…….

        Based on Mladenovic past matches stats and information. She lost to similar players like Tsurenko. I can easily tell that she has problems to play in long rallies when her opponents fire up straight to the lines from both sides.

        I have a feeling she will lose to Tsurenko again. I hope she proves me wrong…. will she? Frankly speaking, she doesn’t know how to control her emotional aspects. This is key problem for all French players lie Monfils lost to Klizan is one good example.

        • 1) Not sure what you were watching but her match in Sydney was one of the worst I have seen all year

          2) Yes Mladenovic had had some poor losses this year but I watched her match in St. Petersburg and Mladenovic could have easily won in 2 but lost concentration and her opponent started playing really well to be fair.

          3) There is no doubt that Mladenovic is the better player, that can’t be denied and I think the h2h is irrelevant because the matches were AGES ago. Mladenovic was very young then and has obviously improved since then…

          4) I think Mladenovic and Garcia have shown a good mentality in Fed Cup matches, unfair to generalise like that.

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