Alize Cornet vs. Klara Koukalova
Looks who's back. Klara gets her surname back after divorcing her husband, and is back to being Kookie Klara. Even though her private life may not be a bed of roses, her tennis is as she is playing the best tennis of her career. She will face an equally strong opponent as Cornet has been nothing but steady for this year. I believe Alize has the game to win this, but the surface suits Klara's flat game more. Alize will need to be patient and serve well, and frankly wait for the Kookie to crumble. It will be a tough match, and I think Cornet will edge Klara here.
Pick: Cornet in 3 sets
Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Yvonne Meusburger
I don't think I need to elaborate more on this match.
Pick: Radwanska in 2 easy sets
Shahar Peer vs. Camila Giorgi
Cutie pie Giorgi will play for a place in the semi-finals against veteran Shahar Peer. The Israeli has dropped down the rankings spectacularly, and will be grateful for this result. Giorgi's game suits the fast indoor courts here, so she should have the advantage. However, it is no secret that to beat Camila, you just have to wear her out. Let's see if Peer can do just that.
Pick: Giorgi in 2 sets
Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Carla Suarez Navarro
Rybarikova's serve will be her weapon here in the quick indoor court. However, her major weakness, her backhand, will be exploited by Carla Suarez Navarro. The Spaniard will direct most of her topspin backhands to that wing and cruise to an easy victory. This is not a semi-final or final, so I don't expect Carla to go away mentally.
Pick: Suarez Navarro in 2 sets