Karin Knapp vs. Andrea Petkovic
As predicted, Bouchard was undone by her intense travelling and Petkovic took advantage of that. The German will be the favourite against Karin Knapp, as she attempts to defend her finalist points. Karin's long swings will not be suitable in this fast indoor surface and Petkovic can flatten her strokes to great effect. Andrea just needs to concentrate and not let her mind go off focus as she is prone to these days.
Pick: Petkovic in 2 sets
Samantha Stosur vs. Alize Cornet
Stosur is enjoying a nice run of form recently and will be confident of her chances against Cornet. The Aussie has been on a winning streak and looks good to continue with her straightforward win over Kanepi. Stosur leads the heads to heads with Cornet 3-2, winning their last encounter a few weeks ago in Tokyo. If fatigue doesn't set in, I don't see why Samantha won't win this. Alize has always played Stosur close though, so it will be a close fight.
Pick: Stosur in 3 sets
Daniela Hantuchova vs. Vesna Dolonc
Hantuchova must thank a lot of players for taking out the seeded players for her. The seeds fell in US Open, where she took advantage and reach her first quarter-finals in 5 years. Now, Dolonc has done her a good deed by taking out Cibulkova, definitely a much tougher opponent than Dolonc. The Slovak has a winning record against Vesna, and will be poised to reach another quarter-finals here. The only thing going for Dolonc is that she's a former Russian. However, that may also be a negative as the fiercely patriotic Russian might see her as a traitor. Whoever the crowd supports, I believe Hantuchova has this in the bag.
Pick: Hantuchova in 2 sets
Sure win bets: Sabine Lisicki, Ana Ivanovic, Simona Halep
Upset alert: None