BASTAD, Sweden – Saturday proved twice as nice for Misaki Doi at the Swedish Open.
The Japanese left-hander not only won her second career WTA 125K series singles title over Danka Kovinic on the Swedish clay, but followed that up by winning the doubles title with Natalia Vikhlyantseva over Kovinic and Alexa Guarachi.
Doi defeated three seeded players en route to Saturday’s final – beating No.4 seed Mona Barthel, No.7 seed Elena Rybakina and No.8 seed Aleksandra Krunic in the second through semifinal rounds – before she handled Kovinic in just over 80 minutes, 6-4, 6-4.
In their first-ever meeting, the World No.117 rallied from a break down in the first set against the Montenegrin No.1, who went 0-for-4 on break point opportunities in the games following her first break of the Japanese woman’s serve.
Kovinic saw one chance slip by in the sixth game, but rued three straight missed chances in the eighth, where Doi held from 0-40 down to lead 5-3.
In the second set, both players were forced to defend break point opportunities on their serve, but late missed chanced for the World No.162 once again decided proceedings.
After saving a break point in the set’s opening game, Kovinic stayed ahead for nearly the duration, and held two more break points on Doi’s serve which would have seen her lead 5-3 if converted.