Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) vs. (13) Misaki Doi (JPN)
Head-to-Head: Begu leads 1-0
A scintillating women’s singles final is on tap for the Oracle Challenger Series Indian Wells, featuring two of the week’s most consistent and solid competitors. Both Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu and Japan’s Misaki Doi have looked destined to make deep runs in the desert from the tournament’s start and will now meet on Sunday with the title on the line.
In Saturday’s Stadium 5 semifinal, Begu overcame the challenging play of Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko, powering through to the final with a 6-4, 6-4 straight-set victory. Although she needed only an hour and a half to dispatch Tsurenko, the match presented its fair share of difficulties as the two were well acquainted with each other’s games.
Amazingly, Begu and Tsurenko were playing in their second match in less than a month, as the two faced off in the final at an ITF event in Egypt in February. “We know each other pretty well as we just played in another important match in Cairo, so we each knew what we had to do to advance today.”
The four-time WTA titlist is understandably pleased with her impressive form displayed so far throughout the week but knows it will take a monumental effort to down her final opponent in No. 13 seed Misaki Doi.
“My game is working pretty well at the moment and it’s been a really solid work, but [Doi] presents a tough challenge and I need to be aggressive and serve well. I’m going to need to talk to my coaches to game plan for tomorrow.”
While Doi has also looked stellar so far in the desert with wins over Asia Muhammad, No. 3 seed Bernarda Pera and Yanina Wickmayer, she received some lucky news on Saturday morning that propelled her into the final.
Her semifinal opponent, former World No. 2 and 2009 BNP Paribas Open champion Vera Zvonareva was forced to withdraw from the tournament with a right knee injury. That moved Doi into the tournament’s final round, where she’ll meet Begu on Sunday.
The Japanese WTA tour veteran will look to avenge her loss to Begu during the pair’s one and only career meeting, in a highly anticipated women’s final in the desert.
Don’t miss any of the action, as the women’s singles final is set to begin at 11am at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.