|Game||Kristina Mladenovic vs Chloé Paquet|
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 4, 2020, 5:00 AM (EST)|
Open Parc Lyon, France
The Line: -- Over/Under:
In the opening round of the 2020 WTA Lyon Open in France, Kristina Mladenovic is set to play against Chloé Paquet.
Chloé Paquet last played at the Dubai Tennis Championship where she failed to qualify after losing her opening qualifier. Paquet has attempted to qualify for 3 WTA tournaments but she has failed on all of her attempts. In addition to that, Chloé Paquet played at the Hua Hin Championships where she was eliminated in the opening round. The only strong result in 2020 for Chloé Paquet has been at an ITF tournament in Thailand where she reached the final. This is expected to be a tough tournament for Paquet as she is starting her campaign against the number 2 seed.
Looking at Kristina Mladenovic, the French player last played at the Qatar Open where she was eliminated during the opening round. Mladenovic did manage to reach the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championship where she lost to Karolina Pliskova. It has been a tough season for Mladenovic but her doubles form should give her confidence. Kristina Mladenovic won the doubles title at the Australian Open. This is the first time the Lyon Open is taking place and it is expected that the crowd will be providing huge support for the French players. Mladenovic is France’s highest-ranked player playing in Lyon so she should get huge support from the crowd. Mladenovic is a hugely accomplished player and she will hope to find her winning rhythm on home soil.
This will be the first time that Chloé Paquet and Kristina Mladenovic will be playing each other at an ATP event.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Kristina Mladenovic to win this match. Mladenovic is the stronger player and she has accomplished more at the WTA level. There is a big gap in skill between the two players so I am going to predict that Kristina Mladenovic will win this match in straight sets.