???? Roland Garros, R1 Prediction
?? (7) Sloane Stephens vs. ?? Misaki Doi
Sloane Stephens enters her opening round match-up in Paris as a huge favourite against Japan’s Misaki Doi. Roland Garros has been a happy hunting ground for Stephens over the years, highlighted by a runner-up showing last year. Can Stephens go one step further in 2019? Perhaps, firstly she should easily take care of Doi.
This is a big mismatch on paper. Firstly, clay is a surface Stephens is very competent on, it is arguably the American’s best surface, whilst clay is probably Doi’s least preferred surface. Secondly and most importantly this is a bad match-up for Doi. Doi lacks the firepower or stamina to consistently hurt Stephens. This should be a comfortable win for Stephens who should control proceedings with her forehand.