Roland Garros, 🇫🇷🐌 R1 Preview + Prediction
(Q) 🇮🇹 Sara Errani vs 🇯🇵 Misaki Doi
Former finalist, Sara Errani was forced to qualify for the main draw and she did so in style. Errani dropped just 7 games throughout three matches to advance to the main draw, perhaps this was the confidence boost the Italian required in order to rediscover her best form which would see her as a threat to most players on this surface. Errani opens her main draw campaign against Misaki Doi on Monday in Paris.
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Brisbane International R2: 🐨
(8) 🇮🇹 Roberta Vinci vs 🇯🇵 Misaki Doi
A good early season opportunity presents itself to Roberta Vinci and Misaki Doi on Wednesday as they battle for a place in the quarter-finals in Brisbane. This is a match that both will consider to be very winnable. These two had contrasting passages to the second round, Vinci saved 5 match points in a marathon win over Kateryna Bondarenko whilst Doi comfortably disposed of Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets.
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Internazionali BNL D'italia, Rome R2:
(10) 🇨🇿 Lucie Safarova vs 🇯🇵 Misaki Doi
Lucie Safarova will look to continue her recent resurgence when she comes up against Misaki Doi in the second round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Wednesday. The Czech is finally starting to play much closer to the level that saw her excel in 2014 and 2015 and will be a strong favourite against Doi in their first career meeting.
It took Lucie Safarova a while to get going in season 2016 after repeat health problems sidelined the Czech for the entire Australian summer. It took Safarova until Prague last month to claim her first victory over the year, the Czech is now on a 7 match winning streak having won her seventh career title at the Prague Open. Lucie was forced to withdraw from her second round clash in Madrid last week due to another unfortunate illness (food poisoning) but managed to make a winning start to her Rome campaign on Monday. Safarova claimed a comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over Francesca Schiavone, the Czech was in control for the entire match, overpowering the veteran from the baseline to secure her spot in the second round at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome.
Misaki Doi advanced past the first round in Rome for the very first time on Monday courtesy of a hard-fought 7-6 6-1 win over Alize Cornet. Doi was in trouble for the majority of the first set but managed to fight back on multiple occasions. Cornet twice failed to serve out the set before Doi pinched the set in a tiebreaker. Cornet never recovered from the first set disappointment as Doi cruised to victory. Clay has never been a good surface for Doi but she will hope to change that in 2016. An upset win over Safarova would be a big confidence boost.
This will be the first career meeting between Safarova and Doi. This is an interesting match-up between two lefties, ultimately Safarova should have the clear edge. Safarova does most things (everything?) better than Doi and is currently playing with a renewed sense of confidence after her recent success in Prague. Safarova will look to keep her momentum going in Rome as we move closer to the second Grand Slam of the year in Paris where Lucie has finalist points to defend. A confident, motivated Safarova should be too strong here for Doi on this occasion.
Prediction: Lucie Safarova to defeat Misaki Doi in 2 sets
Toronto R1: (13) Angelique Kerber vs Misaki Doi
Angelique Kerber arrives in Toronto full of confidence after capturing her fourth premier level title of the year last week at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. The German now leads the Emirates U.S Open series bonus challenge. It’s a quick turnaround for Kerber, she comes up against Misaki Doi on Tuesday in her opening round match in Toronto.
Kerber couldn’t have asked for a better start to her U.S Open series campaign. After reaching the final in 2014, the German went one step better last week, claiming her fourth premier title of the year in Stanford with a hard fought 3 set victory over Karolina Pliskova. Angie also picked up impressive victories over Agnieszka Radwanska and Elina Svitolina on route to the title.
Misaki Doi also competed in Stanford, after defeating CiCi Bellis in the first round, Doi was defeated by Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round. It was a disappointing loss for Doi, as she led 6-1 2-0 and has game points for 3-0. Doi ended up losing 12 straight points.
Angie has a 2-0 head to head record over Doi including a 6-2 6-3 victory in Nuremburg earlier this year. This will be their first meeting on a hard court and it should be another comfortable victory for Angie. The German is one of the form players on the tour right now and should be far too good despite the short turnaround from Stanford.
Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Misaki Doi in 2 sets
Stanford R2: (2) Agnieszka Radwanska vs (Q) Misaki Doi
2013 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska will open her 2015 Bank of the West Classic campaign on Thursday evening when she comes up against Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi. The Pole will be looking to build on her positive grass court season in the lead up to her title defence at the Rogers Cup next week and the upcoming U.S Open.
After a miserable start to the season, Aga turned her form around in the United Kingdom. Aga made the final in Eastbourne before reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon. Aga has never fared too well during the North American swing, she will certainly be focusing on achieving a much better result at this year’s U.S Open.
Misaki Doi has spent the majority of her year battling through qualifying draws. Doi has successfully qualified for a number of main draws however she has been unable to cause any damage. Doi advanced to the second round courtesy of a 6-3 7-6 victory over CiCi Bellis.
In their only previous encounter, Radwanska thumped Doi 6-1 6-1 in Tokyo back in 2011.It’s hard to see Doi causing Radwanska too many problems in this one. Aga will be far too solid and should kick-start her U.S Open series with a convincing victory.
Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska to defeat Misaki Doi in 2 sets