Shuai Zhang and Misaki Doi will battle it out in the first round of the 2021 Strasbourg Open on Monday, May 24. Get the live streaming options of this Shuai Zhang v Misaki Doi match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Shuai Zhang v Misaki Doi Head to Head
Zhang owns a 4-1 record on head-to-head against Japan’s Misaki Doi. On clay they are tied at 1-1, but haven’t played on the surface since 2017.
Zhang Winless in 2021
Shuai Zhang has been ranked as high as World No. 23 in her storied career, and reached the fourth round of the French Open last year, but she has fallen off a cliff since leaving Paris last autumn.
In fact prior to Roland Garros last year, Zhang’s good form on the dirt stemmed from a quarterfinal showing in Strasbourg. But Zhang ended last season on a whimper after losing 6-1 6-1 to Karolina Muchova in Ostrava. Since then, her winless streak has extended to nine matches.
She has lost seven first-round matches this season and remarkably she has won a single set (last weekend’s three-set defeat to Colombian teenager Maria Osorio Serrano).
The longest losing streak on the WTA tour stands at 17 (recorded by Arantxa Rus and Sandy Collins), and Kristina Mladenovic also not far off when she went 15 matches without a win almost four years ago.
Will Zhang break her hoodoo, or Monday could be another step towards the unwanted record?
Doi In Poor Form Too
There is a case of Zhang falling from lofty heights in singles competition, but Misaki Doi is treading the same path. Doi’s runs on clay this season have been littered with speed bumps and a handful of early exits.
Her notable win of this season’s clay swing came on the green clay of Charleston where she beat Yaroslava Shvedova. But she has been unable to post another main draw win in three other tournaments on the European clay.
The Japanese World No. 82 might be short in the confidence department right now, but she is a woman for all surfaces. Doi’s last WTA title came on the clay courts of Bastad in 2019, clearly underlining her credentials on the dirt.
This will be Doi’s second participation in the main draw in Strasbourg, eight years on from her first.
Zhang v Doi Prediction and Tip
Both players are really low in confidence right now. Zhang in particular is in the worst form of her life and she needs to eke out a win out of somewhere to stop this rot. Doi’s form has been slightly encouraging despite treading the same road, and we expect this to be an even matchup.