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Sakkari vs Mladenovic WTA Rome QF predictions and betting tips

Andrew Hendrie 17 May 2019
  • Maria Sakkari and Kristina Mladenovic face off in the WTA Rome quarter-finals on Friday night
  • It will be the first career meeting between the pair
Maria Sakkari (PA Images)

Maria Sakkari vs Kristina Mladenovic WTA Rome quarter-final match preview, predictions and betting tips - big chance for both players to make Rome semi-finals…

Date: Friday May 17
Time: 7.30pm local time (6.30pm BST)
Court: Centrale

Sakkari vs Mladenovic predictions


Maria Sakkari and Kristina Mladenovic were both forced to come through qualifying just to make the stacked Internazionali BNL d’Italia main draw in Rome - and now one will be advancing into the semi-finals when the pair clash on Friday night.

Sakkari has continued her excellent form after capturing her maiden WTA title in Rabat a couple of weeks ago, beating the likes of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, last year’s semi-finalist Anett Kontaveit and second seed Petra Kvitova to reach her first quarter-final in Rome.

The Greek has now won eight of her last nine matches and is enhancing her credentials as a dangerous floater ahead of the French Open. Currently ranked No. 39 in the world, Sakkari made her first WTA final in San Jose last year and impressed at the Hopman Cup and Australian Open in January - but she could be on course for the biggest moment of her career this week. Sakkari is 1 @ bet365 to win on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Mladenovic is still trying to recapture the sort of tennis that propelled her into the top 10 during her career-best season in 2017, where she made her first Grand Slam quarter-final at the French Open, won her maiden WTA title in St. Petersburg, finished runner-up in Acapulco, Stuttgart and Madrid and made the semi-final in Indian Wells.

The Frenchwoman went on a very long losing streak towards the end of 2017 and the start of 2018, while she also lost her first four matches of 2019. Mladenovic has slipped to No. 63 in the world, but she’s now made the quarter-finals in three of her last five events, including beating Caroline Garcia, Belinda Bencic and the in-form Ash Barty to do so in Rome. She’s 5/6 @ Paddy Power to make the semis.

Sakkari vs Mladenovic match stats


  • This will be the first career meeting between the pair
  • Both players competing in first Rome quarter-final
  • Sakkari has won eight of her last nine matches
  • Mladenovic had a 1-4 record in Rome before this week

Sakkari vs Mladenovic betting tips


What a fantastic opportunity for both players, after coming through qualifying, to make the semi-finals of a Premier-5 event. Sakkari and Mladenovic have been in this position before, so the occasion shouldn’t overwhelm them, and in their current form, we should be treated to an entertaining match under the lights. It’s a very tough one to call, but I think Sakkari is in slightly better form. She’s been operating at a high level for a sustained period, while Mladenovic is still inconsistent from week to week. It should be a tight one, but Sakkari is has the advantage for me.

Sakkari vs Mladenovic odds


Sakkari to win - 1 @ bet365
Mladenovic to win - 5/6 @ Paddy Power

Sakkari vs Mladenovic recommended bet


Sakkari to win at 1 @ bet365

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