Apologies for missing out on the first day. Due to the time difference in schedules being release, I shall just focus on Katowice this week.
Katowice schedule of play:
Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Kristyna Pliskova
Agnieszka's season cannot be labelled as bad, but she has crumbled at the crucial times in important tournaments. Playing here in her home country should give her a confidence boost and restore some of her toughness back. Kristyna, better known as the less talented Pliskova sister, doesn't have a lot to challenge Agnieszka. Her sister has a huge serve, while Kristyna's serve is not as potent. I don't expect the top seed to have any trouble here.
Pick: Radwanska in 2 sets
Ksenia Pervak vs. Roberta Vinci
Roberta is under huge pressure to defend her title here. The Italian has only won one match this year, and looks to be suffering from a lack of motivation. She has a soft opening though, as Pervak is fresh from her injury break. The Russian has been interrupted by injuries, and will take a few more matches to get back into her old form. There is still a risk that Vinci might stink up the court, but I believe she will do better on clay.
Pick: Vinci in 3 sets
Vera Dushevina vs. Francesca Schiavone
It is hard to believe that Dushevina was a top junior and was ranked as high as 31 in the world. The meek Russian has obvious flaws in her game, and her match against Amelie Mauresmo in Roland Garros has to be one of the worst matches ever played. Coming through qualifying and winning some matches for a change, Vera will face former French Open champion Schiavone. The Italian isn't in stellar form as well, but her standard is much better than losing in the first rounds of challengers.
Pick: Schiavone in 2 sets
Sure win bets: Yvonne Meusburger, Francesca Schiavone, Agnieszka Radwanska
Upset alert: Monica Niculescu, Misaki Doi, Tsvetana Pironkova