🇦🇪🐪 Dubai DFTC – R3 Preview
🇫🇷 Kristina Mladenovic vs. 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro
Kristina Mladenovic will return to action in Dubai on Wednesday for a third round clash with Carla Suarez Navarro, less than 24 hours after the Frenchwoman stunned the top ranked Naomi Osaka. Mladenovic enters this match on a high but will quickly need to refocus if she is to get past a tough test against the Spaniard.
Mladenovic secured her spot in the third round in Dubai with one of the biggest wins of her career. Mladenovic fairly comfortably defeated an out of sorts Naomi Osaka 6-3 6-3 having previously beaten Fatma Al-Nabhani 6-1 6-1 in the opening round. Mladenovic really stepped up her game against Osaka, amazingly she did not hit a single double fault which must be some kind of record for the usually erratic Frenchwoman.
Suarez Navarro is quietly having a good week in Dubai. Carla has navigated her way past two tough opponents with relative ease, Suarez Navarro started her Dubai campaign with a 6-1 6-3 win over Barbora Strycova before beating Shuai Zhang 6-4 6-4 to secure back-to-back wins for the first time in 2019.
Suarez Navarro holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Mladenovic and has won all 3 of their previous meetings on a hard court, including a 6-1 4-6 6-4 win in their most recent match at the US Open last year.