Carol Zhao vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Who the hell is Carol Zhao? Sorry, I have no idea too. However, I do know that Pavlyuchenkova is in such dire form that anyone who faces her has a good chance of winning. Pavlyuchenkova just seems lost at the moment, hitting with zero tactics and getting more and more erratic. Her movement will always be her problem and without someone to lecture her on her eating habits, she's not going to improve. Hingis proved to be a good guidance for the short while she was with her, but alas, the Swiss Miss couldn't handle the temptation and came back to play doubles. So where does this leave Nastya? Hopefully, the Russian is not that bad to lose to a local wildcard. If she loses this, I think she should take the rest of the year off to condition herself.
Pick: Pavlyuchenkova in 2 tight sets
Klara Zakopalova vs. Lucie Safarova
An all Czech battle as Klara Zakopalova takes on the fluctuating Lucie Safarova. Zakopalova's flat game seems to be working very well late into her career as she's achieving her best results on tour this year. Lucie has been abysmal throughout the year and I won't be surprised if the older Czech takes out the crazily inconsistent Lucie. Lucie needs to serve big and attack Klara's weak serve. Or else, she's going home pretty quickly.
Pick: Zakopalova in 2 sets
Yanina Wickmayer vs. Laura Robson
Wickmayer has been missing for much of this year and she will be looking to reverse the trend here in Toronto. She has a chance against the volatile Brit, Laura Robson. Robson was absolutely demolished by Kvitova last week in Carlsbad, despite having won the last match in Melbourne. The young Brit needs to rein in on her errors as not every ball needs to be hit for a winner. If Laura plays disciplined tennis, I don't see how Yanina can hurt her as Laura is the better ball striker.
Pick: Robson in 3 sets
Sure win bets: Roberta Vinci, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Sorana Cirstea
Upset alert: Sloane Stephens, Kiki Bertens, Lucie Safarova