Unseeded Russian Daria Kasatkina will play Japan’s Misaki Doi in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Monday, May 31. Get the live streaming options of this Daria Kasatkina v Misaki Doi match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Daria Kasatkina v Misaki Doi Head to Head
Kasatkina brings a 1-0 head-to-head record in this match, winning the pair’s only meeting in the first round of Montreal five years ago.
Kasatkina Far From Vintage on Clay
Daria Kasatkina will be on a salvage operation for whatever is left of this claycourt season. And there is no bigger stage than Roland Garros where the 24-year-old Russian will target to go far than in the leadup events.
Kasatkina has had a fantastic 2021 season, applying the brushstrokes of her renaissance crowns on both outdoor and indoor hardcourts. She won titles at the Phillip Island Trophy in Melbourne and the St. Petersburg Ladies Open to haul herself to inside the top 50.
It has not been a seamless transition for Kasatkina from the slick hard courts to clay, and even with her renewed confidence, she has struggled to keep up her splendid run of results from the first quarter. She failed to string successive wins in all the tune-up tournaments before the French Open.
Last week she stumbled at the hands of Sloane Stephens in Parma despite taking a commanding lead over the American.
Unseeded and without wind in her sails, will the World No. 36 find her feet when she takes on Misaki Doi?
Doi Underwhelming During Clay Swing
Ranked 79th in the world, Misaki Doi will play in her ninth French Open main draw. But her record at the clay Major is a modest 1-7. That sole win came over six years ago when she beat a 36-year-old Petra Cetkovska.
But despite her uninspiring and lackluster record on the surface, Doi still remains a perennial danger for even the best players on the dirt. She has a cracking forehand that utilizes the flatness of her strike zone.
The 30-year-old Japanese is also able to hit with topspin off both wings. Doi’s ability to conjure up dazzling angles from her cross-court forehand caused Petra Martic plenty of problems in last year’s opening-round match at the French Open. Although she lost in a tight two-setter (7-6 7-5), it points to her general strengths of using the full court against a high-caliber opponent.
Doi arrives in Paris without a single win on the red clay, although she beat Yaroslava Shvedova on the green clay of Charleston – her only win outside hard courts this year.
Kasatkina v Doi Prediction and Tip
Kasatkina is a whopping 2/11 to advance, but Doi should pinch a handful of games despite her poor record in recent weeks. In Madrid, she pushed Naomi Osaka, and she remained largely competitive in the matches played after.