Roland Garros, 🇫🇷🐌 R1 Preview + Prediction
(Q) 🇮🇹 Sara Errani vs 🇯🇵 Misaki Doi
Former finalist, Sara Errani was forced to qualify for the main draw and she did so in style. Errani dropped just 7 games throughout three matches to advance to the main draw, perhaps this was the confidence boost the Italian required in order to rediscover her best form which would see her as a threat to most players on this surface. Errani opens her main draw campaign against Misaki Doi on Monday in Paris.
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Miami Open, 🇺🇸🌴🐬 R2 Match Preview
(30) 🇨🇳 Shuai Zhang vs 🇮🇹 Sara Errani
Sara Errani is finally starting to gain some momentum in 2017. The Italian has plummeted down the rankings to outside the top 100 in recent times as she has struggled to find top form after some injury troubles. The last couple of weeks have been a bit more impressive for Errani, the former top 5 player has won a couple of tight matches in recent times including a hard-fought first round win in Miami over Belinda Bencic to set up a second round clash with the 30th seeded Shuai Zhang.
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Miami Open, 🇺🇸🌴🐬 R1 Match Preview
🇮🇹 Sara Errani vs 🇨🇭 Belinda Bencic
Injuries have plagued the progress of both Sara Errani and Belinda Bencic in recent times, the pair have stumbled to outside the top 100 in the rankings. Clearly, both ladies belong much higher than their current rankings suggest and both will enter this contest extremely desperate for a victory to kick-start their build back up the rankings. Bencic has won the only two previous matches between the pair but both have struggled in recent times having each won just two matches in 2017.
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Brisbane International R1: 🐨
🇮🇹 Sara Errani vs 🇺🇸 Christina McHale
Sara Errani and Christina McHale will go head-to-head in what should be a tightly contested first round clash at the Brisbane International. Sara Errani has a good record against Christina McHale but the American is improving and the Italian took a dive down the rankings in 2016 for various reasons.
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2016 Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro R3 Preview 🇧🇷
🇮🇹 Sara Errani vs 🇷🇺 Daria Kasatkina
Sara Errani and Daria Kasatkina both have a great opportunity to make the most of a relatively open section of the draw and reach the quarter-final stage in Rio. Errani is competing in her third Olympic games and is searching for a maiden Olympic medal whilst Daria Kasatkina is participating in her first Olympic campaign.
Little was expected of Sara Errani heading into Rio, the Italian has generally struggled in 2016 but has shown some decent form in her opening couple of matches in Rio. The Italian has recorded back-to-back upset victories to advance to the third round, starting with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win over Kiki Bertens before thumping Barbora Strycova 6-2 6-2. The slow surface in Rio may just be working in the Italian’s favour, it means she is able to get into the long rallies that she thrives on.
Daria Kasatkina has made the most of an extremely favourable draw to reach the third round stage in Rio. Kasatkina almost slipped up in the first round but managed to sneak past Ons Jabeur with a 3-6 7-6 6-1 victory. The Russian was more clinical in her second round match where she claimed a comfortable 6-4 6-1 win over Saisai Zheng.
Sara Errani won the only previous match between the pair, a 6-3 3-6 6-2 win on the clay of Bad Gastein last year. Kasatkina has certainly had a great season and is a plyer on the rise but she has consistently lost big matches, generally very close matches. I suspect that trend will continue here, this should be a long, close match where the superior experience and mental strength of Sara Errani will see the Italian prevail.
Prediction: Sara Errani to defeat Daria Kasatkina in 3 sets