Sorana Cirstea vs. Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki is coming into this tournament cold, having not played a match since her Wimbledon 2nd round exit. She should have some difficulty against Sorana, who has already played in Stanford and Washington. Wozniacki's retrieving game is Sorana's nemesis. However, coming off a long break, Caroline might not be in the match rhythm yet. I expect a close match with Wozniacki edging the Romanian. The Dane performs her best on the American hardcourts.
Pick: Wozniacki in 3 sets
Petra Kvitova vs. Eugenie Bouchard
I'm going to take a chance and try to predict the impossible, Kvitova's match. Petra is just an unknown factor now. She can play like her former slam winning self, and turn into an error machine next. Bouchard will have the support and it might cause some nerves from the former Wimbledon champion. Whether Eugenie is ready for the big time is dependent on this match. If she can get into a leading position and hold onto it, it proves that she is the future star that everyone is expecting her to be. If not, Kvitova will seize the opportunity and scrape through to die another day.
Pick: Kvitova in 3 sets
Klara Zakopalova vs. Sara Errani
Another top player comes in with little preparation, Sara Errani will face a tough test against flat hitting Klara Zakopalova. One thing that is going Sara's way is that she has won the last 4 matches against the Czech, including 2 hard court matches. Klara isn't without a chance, but she needs to keep on pressing the issue and force Errani to lose her energy. Tough task to do.
Pick: Errani in 3 sets
Sure win bets: Sloane Stephens, Kirsten Flipkens, Serena Williams
Upset alert: Varvara Lepchenko