???? Roland Garros, R1 Preview ?? (7) Sloane Stephens vs. ?? Misaki Doi
2018 runner-up Sloane Stephens starts her 2019 Roland Garros campaign against Japan’s Misaki Doi. Stephens arrives in Paris in mediocre form but that is frequently the case for Sloane heading into a major, she certainly has the ability to flick the switch and play her best when it matters, plus Paris has been her most consistent major over the years. Stephens looms as one of the main contenders.
Stephens did receive a confidence boost in a semi-final showing at the Mutua Madrid Open earlier this month. Stephens beat a couple of quality opponents on route to the final 4 before succumbing to the eventual champion Kiki Bertens in straight sets. Most recently Stephens suffered an opening round loss to Johanna Konta in Rome. Stephens has won more matches in Paris than any other Grand Slam, a runner-up last year, the goal for Stephens will be to go one step further in 2019.
Misaki Doi’s record in Paris is not so good. Doi has only ever won the 1 main draw match at Roland Garros from 6 appearances. The odds are stacked against Doi who brings poor from into the event. Doi has not won a match on clay this year and arrives in Paris fresh from an opening round loss in Nuremburg last week at the hands of Tamara Zidansek. Winning is something Doi has really struggled to do over the last few years.
This will be the first career meeting between Stephens and Doi, will the result be as one-sided as the odds suggest?
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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.
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