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Roland Garros: Petra Martic vs Misaki Doi preview, head-to-head & prediction | French Open 2020

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Modified 29 Sep 2020, 11:57 IST
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Fixture: Petra Martic vs Misaki Doi

Date: 29 September 2020

Tournament: Roland Garros 2020

Round: First round (Round of 128)

Venue: Paris, France

Category: Grand Slam

Surface: Red clay

Prize money: Approx €38,000,000

Match timing: Approx. 7 pm CEST, 10.30 pm IST

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Petra Martic vs Misaki Doi preview

Croatia's Petra Martic enters the 2020 French Open as the 13th seed. She had a decent run at the US Open last month, reaching the Round of 16.

Martic has also made it to two WTA semifinals this year. However, the 29-year-old had a forgettable outing in Rome last week, where she lost to Yulia Putintseva in her opening fixture.

Japan's Misaki Doi was also knocked out in the first round at Rome, albeit by a higher-ranked opponent. In fact, the 29-year-old hasn't made it past the opening round in four of the last five tournaments she's played.

However, Doi did have a significant result earlier this year, making it to the final of the Oracle Challenger Series in March.

Petra Martic vs Misaki Doi head-to-head

Misaki Doi leads Petra Martic 1-0 in the head-to-head rivalry. Their only previous encounter took place at the 2013 Australian Open, where the Japanese won in straight sets.

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Petra Martic vs Misaki Doi prediction

While Petra Martic did not get a favorable result in Rome, she would be expected to go past Misaki Doi on Tuesday. The Croat has looked in solid form through most of 2020 and will be keen to kick on from her fourth-round appearance at the US Open.

She also made it to the quarterfinal at Paris in 2019 – a result that's likely to give her confidence ahead of this year's French Open. Martic's topspin-heavy groundstrokes will push Doi behind the baseline, which would give her the opportunity to approach the net and knock off volley winners.

Misaki Doi leads the head-to-head 1-0
Misaki Doi leads the head-to-head 1-0

It is worth noting, however, that Doi's win in 2013 would likely give her a boost ahead of this fixture. The southpaw possesses a solid serve and some efficient groundstrokes, which could trouble Martic in the shorter rallies.

Prediction: Petra Martic to win in straight sets.


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Published 28 Sep 2020, 20:16 IST
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