Sunday, 5 January 2014

Sydney, Hobart day 2: Tough opening for Kerber

Sydney schedule:

Hobart schedule:

Match focus:

Dominika Cibulkova vs. Angelique Kerber

One of the highest ranked non-seeded players, Cibulkova is a dangerous floater for anyone. Last year's finalist will attempt to overpower the feisty Kerber in their first round match. What's working against the German is her poor head to heads against Cibulkova. The Slovak leads 4-0, including a win here last year in Sydney. With that in mind, Dominika will be confident of her chance against the 5th seed. Kerber tends to start her year slow, so I wouldn't be surprised if she crashes out early.

Pick: Cibulkova in 3 sets

Caroline Wozniacki vs. Julia Goerges

Caroline Wozniacki's off court activities might be distracting her from fulfilling her full potential. Being recently engaged, I'm not too sure how much work she put in during off season. Against the dreadful Julia Goerges, Caroline should have a soft match to start her tennis season. Not to mention that Julia retired in her final round of qualifying, so I'm not too sure how she will be able to play this match fully fit. It won't be a pretty match, but the steady player will win.

Pick: Wozniacki in 2 sets

Marina Erakovic vs. Kirsten Flipkens

In my opinion, Flipkens and Erakovic play a similar game. Kirsten is helped by the fact that she is higher ranked and has more confidence. Marina dropped out of her home tournament early, so she needs to get over that disappointment. The New Zealander has a chance of upsetting the Belgian, but I think she will be too eager to end points, resulting in numerous errors.

Pick: Flipkens in 3 sets

Sure win bets: Kaia Kanepi, Alize Cornet, Samantha Stosur
Upset alert: Angelique Kerber, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Klara Zakopalova

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