Qatar Total Open, Doha R1 Preview
?? Samantha Stosur vs ?? Irina-Camelia Begu
An interesting opening round clash at the Qatar Total Open sees Sam Stosur come up against Irina-Camelia Begu. Stosur has made yet another poor start to a season, winning just 1 match in her opening 4 events in 2018. Unfortunately for Stosur, Begu looms as difficult opening round match-up. The Romanian is in good form and beat Stosur in straight sets last year in their only previous meeting.
Stosur opted to sit out Australia’s Fed Cup tie with the Ukraine over the weekend as she focuses on building up her ranking. The results have not been as Stosur would have hoped for early on in this season. Stosur’s most recent result was a first round exit at the Taiwan Open, a disappointing straight set loss to Nao Hibino. Stosur has really struggled on hard courts in the last year, amassing a 11/17 win/loss record.
Irina-Camelia Begu is in decent form at the moment and brings momentum into the Qatar Total Open after spearheading Romania’s successful Fed tie with Canada at the weekend. Begu won both of her singles matches as Romania beat Canada 3-1. Begu beat Bianca Andreescu in 3 sets and Katherine Sebov in 2 sets.
The only previous match between the pair ended in a 7-5 6-3 victory for Begu on green clay in Charleston last year.