Schedule of play:
Ana Ivanovic vs. Lauren Davis
Ana hasn't been the same ever since her win over Serena Williams. Or should I put it that Ana has returned to her old self after her win over the world number 1. The win catapulted her back into the limelight, and she seemed to be unable to handle the added pressure again. She is experiencing random losses again, losing to players she should have beaten. She will be pushed hard by an in form Lauren Davis, who can trouble the Serbian. Still, I think Ana can win this match if she plays her game and not rush too much.
Pick: Ivanovic in 3 sets
Nadia Petrova vs. Sabine Lisicki
One of the more vulnerable seeds, Lisicki really needs a whole lot of discipline to tame her powerful game. Her wham bam tennis can be pleasing, but when it goes wrong, it's catastrophic. Nadia just had a long battle with Urzula Radwanska, and should be feeling the effects. Sabine should be able to win this. If she loses, I think she needs a sports psychiatrist more than anything.
Pick: Lisicki in 3 sets
Maria Sharapova vs. Kurumi Nara
Sharapova will need to be careful of the rising Kurumi Nara. The Japanese hits a good ball and is lightning quick around the court. However, as with Asians, Kurumi's achilles heel will always be the serve. Sharapova will attack the serve and try to dominate from the baseline. The Russian needs to serve well, but given her recent woes with her shoulder again, I highly doubt so. Let's hope she can improve on her game, as she has major points to defend here.
Pick: Sharapova in 2 tight sets
Sure win bets: Serena Williams, Ekaterina Makarova, Sara Errani, Petra Kvitova
Upset alert: Sorana Cirstea, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova