Venus Williams vs. Elena Vesnina
Venus Williams got bundled out unceremoniously in Wimbledon by Elena Vesnina in straight sets the last time she played there. Will Venus exact revenge on the Russian? Elena has improved a lot this season, culminating in 2 titles so far. It will be tough for Venus to overcome the Russian, but both are relatively rusty. If Venus serves well and is not affected by her illness, she stands a chance.
Pick: Venus Williams in 3 sets
Simona Halep vs. Marion Bartoli
In form Simona Halep will try to translate her form into the American hardcourts. Bartoli retired last week due to an injury, but it seems like she wants to avoid an outright loss actually. Simona will make Marion move around the court, and test whether Bartoli's injury is legitimate. Marion should beware, players now look forward to beating her as she is a Grand Slam champion now.
Pick: Halep in 3 sets
Samantha Stosur vs. Jamie Hampton
Both players can rip the ball with their massive forehands, but Stosur has the stronger serve. This should give her the added advantage as her kick serve will make it difficult for Jamie to return on her weaker backhand. Jamie will need to serve well herself and mix things up, because Stosur doesn't like low balls and will mishit them often. Samantha might be overplaying a little, but if she plays to her normal level, she should win this.
Pick: Stosur in 3 sets
Sure win bets: Sara Errani, Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber
Upset alert: Elena Vesnina, Marion Bartoli, Roberta Vinci