World No.23 Belinda Bencic will lock horns with Kristina Mladenovic in the first-round of the Australian Open 2022.
Belinda Bencic vs Kristina Mladenovic: Match Details
- Tournament: Australian Open 2022
- Match: Belinda Bencic vs Kristina Mladenovic
- Round: First Round
- Date: 17 January 2022
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Hardcourt
- Prize Money: $90,000
Belinda Bencic vs Kristina Mladenovic: Match Preview
Belinda Bencic had a good first half of the season where she managed to reach 2 tour finals but was unfortunate to miss out on the title. She became the first Swiss woman to win an Olympics gold when she won the singles gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics held this year and since then reached 5 consecutive quarter-finals to end the season. The World No.23 again reached the quarter-finals of the WTA Sydney Tennis Classic 2022, where she lost to 5th seed Paula Badosa. Bencic would look to finally break the quarter-final curse in the Australian Open.
Kristina Mladenovic started 2021 in a torrid fashion, exiting mostly in the early rounds. However, currently ranked 91st in the world, her form picked up somewhat in the back end of the season. She reached atleast the quarter-finals of 6 out of her last 7 tournament appearances of the season, with the sole exception coming at the US Open where she exited in the first round. In fact, she also reached the final of the Korean Open, where she lost to Zhu Lin in straight sets.
Belinda Bencic vs Kristina Mladenovic: Head to Head
Belinda Bencic and Kristina Mladenovic have had a fascinating rivalry against each other, having met each other 7 times over the years. Mladenovic narrowly edges the head-to-head record with a 4-3 lead. Their last meeting came in Rome in 2021, where Mladenovic prevailed in straight sets.
Belinda Bencic vs Kristina Mladenovic: Match Predictions
It is expected to be a very close match with both Belinda Bencic and Kristina Mladenovic knowing each other very well on the court over the years. However, one key factor in the match would probably be match sharpness, with Bencic playing a warm-up tournament before the Grand Slam where she performed relatively well, while Mladenovic hasn’t yet played a match in the new season.
Match Prediction- Bencic to win in 3 sets.
Belinda Bencic vs Kristina Mladenovic: Broadcast and Live Stream Details
- Africa- beIN Sports, Supersports
- Australia- Nine and Stan Sport
- China- CCTV, GreatSports Media
- Japan- WOWOW
- Malaysia- beIN Sports
- New Zealand- Sky
- Singapore- beIN Sports
- Europe- Eurosport, Servus TV
- India and subcontinent- Sony Six
- Latin America and Caribbean- ESPN International
- Middle East- beIN Sports
- Canada- TSN/RDS
- North America- ESPN
- USA- ESPN
- United Kingdom- Eurosport