Greek 20th seed Maria Sakkari will take on former world no.10 Kristina Mladenovic in the first round of the Australian Open 2021.
- Fixture: Kristina Mladenovic vs Maria Sakkari
- Date: 8 February 2021
- Tournament: Australian Open 2021
- Round: 1st Round
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
Kristina Mladenovic vs Maria Sakkari: Preview
Mladenovic comes into the Australian Open in a rather poor form, having not had a good result on either side of the lockdown. Since the tour resumption in particular the Frenchwoman has looked extremely shaky. She hasn’t been able to get past the initial rounds of any tournaments she has played of late.
Mladenovic bowed out of the first round of both the tournaments she played in the 2021 season. She lost to Garbine Muguruza in straight sets at Abu Dhabi and lost to Jessica Pegula at Melbourne.
On the contrary, Maria Sakkari has been in the form of her life. She has been playing exceptionally well even before the end of 2020 and is continuing that in 2021 too.
Kristina Mladenovic vs Maria Sakkari: Head-to-Head
This will be the second time the two players meet. Previously, they clashed in the quarter-finals at the 2019 Rome Masters. Sakkari defeated Mladenovic in three sets. This will be their first meeting on hardcourts.
Kristina Mladenovic vs Maria Sakkari: Prediction
Currently, the two players are poles apart in terms of form. Sakkari has been in the form of her life while Mladenovic has been in terrible form. If all goes well, the Greek is all set to win the first round encounter comfortably in straight sets.
Match Prediction: Sakkari to win in straight sets.