No. 32 seed Sorana Cirstea of Romania will face Japan’s Misaki Doi in the second round of the 2021 Indian Wells Open on Friday, October 8. Get the live streaming options of this Sorana Cirstea v Misaki Doi match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Sorana Cirstea v Misaki Doi Head to Head
Cirstea has won all three of their previous matches. The Romanian’s most recent win over Doi came in 2017 in Madrid, the only time they played a three-setter.
Cirstea Is 4-6 From the Last 10 Matches
The World No. 40 was in terrific form on clay, but hasn’t quite been able to deliver similar results on the other surfaces.
Since Wimbledon, Cirstea has played 10 matches, all on hard courts, but has won just four of those matches, reaching just one quarterfinal at the Slovenian Open last month.
Cirstea, who picked her second WTA title and a first since 2008, by winning the Istanbul Open this year, was also a runner-up in Strasbourg and reached the Round of 16 at Roland Garros. Overall, the Romanian is 23-17 this season and will be the favourite against an opponent whom she has beaten on all of the three previous occasions.
At Indian Wells she is making a ninth appearance but has reached the third round only once, in 2013.
Doi Battles Past Li
Facing Cirstea in the second round will be Misaki Doi, who began her campaign with a three-set win over America’s Ann Li.
The Japanese dominated the first set, but was edged out in the second, conceding the only break of the second set in the 12th game. In the third, both exchanged breaks early and then held their serves over the next six games before Doi surged ahead with a vital break and then served out the match for a 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 win in two hours and 23 minutes.
With the win, the 30-year-old left-hander improved her season record to 18-27.
The World no. 109’s top performances this year includes runs to the Round of 16s of the Phillip Island Trophy, Adelaide International and the Qatar Open.
In her four previous appearances at Indian Wells, the best of Doi was seen in 2019, when she reached the second round after coming through the qualifiers.
Cirstea v Doi Prediction and Tip
It’s been a season of resurgence for Cirstea, but she has lost form considerably of late. However, despite her recent form, she is expected to extend her perfect record over Doi.