Second seeded Belinda Bencic will face Japanese player and lucky loser Misaki Doi in the second round of the 2021 WTA Adelaide International on Wednesday, February 24, with the match likely to begin at around 11 am local time. Get the live streaming options of this Belinda Bencic v Misaki Doi match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Belinda Bencic v Misaki Doi Head to Head
On the WTA tour, there has been one match between these two players and Belinda Bencic had won that 2015 US Open second round encounter in a tough three-setter. Previously they had also met on the ITF circuit where Bencic was a straight-set winner.
Bencic Looking to Turn Things Around
Coming into this tournament in Adelaide, Bencic is 2-2 on win-loss record this season. She started off the year with a first round exit at the Grampians Trophy in the lead up to the year’s first Grand Slam, losing to Sorana Cirstea in straight sets.
Bencic then proceeded to scrape through to the third of the Australian Open, requiring three sets against both Lauren Davis and Svetlana Kuznetsova before falling to Elise Mertens rather easily. This follows Bencic featuring in just one match during the post-pandemic phase last season, an opening round loss to Danka Kovinic at Rome.
A third round appearance at the Australian Open last year, along with making it to the quarterfinal in Doha were Bencic only two performances of note, something she would like to correct quickly this season before she slides down the rankings from her current 12th spot.
She does have a less than tricky opponent first up which should help her ease her way into this competition.
Doi Edges Past Blinkova
While there’s one Japanese player who has taken the world of tennis by storm, the third-ranked player in the country has not had it easy. Doi, who crashed out of the qualifiers in Adelaide, then made it to the main draw as a lucky loser, was then pushed into a tough three-setter before making it through to the second round here.
Doi defeated Anna Blankova 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-2 in her first round match which lasted two hours and 30 minutes, and saw multiple twists before the Japanese player came through.
The first set went to serve till the tie-breaker and then saw both players drop their serves thrice to make it 5-5 before Doi converted the final two points to clinch the set. Blinkova was down a break in the second but rallied back to grab a couple of breaks of her own to push it into a third set.
However, Doi’s experience shone through when she raced off to a relatively easy finish in the final set to finish off the encounter and booked her place in the second round.
Before this, Doi had also made it to the quarterfinal of the Phillip Island Trophy with a win over Carolina Garcia and a walkover in the second round.
Bencic v Doi Prediction and Tip
This should end up as a win for Bencic but can we expect her to get through easily? It seems doubtful given the rustiness from the very little tennis and Doi’s fighting capabilities. Expect a three-setter here or over 20.5 games.
Tip: Over 20.5 games in the match: 5/6 (bet365)