Schedule of play:
Lucie Safarova vs. Venus Williams
It is no secret that Venus Williams is suffering from an auto-immune disease that saps her energy. Recovering from a final run in Montreal to playing her in a span of 2 days might be too much for the 34 year old. Even though Venus is playing good tennis at the moment, it is forgivable to feel tired after her long matches in Montreal. I'm afraid Venus might run out of steam here.
Pick: Safarova in 3 sets
Andrea Petkovic vs. Sloane Stephens
Sloane was so close to beating Jankovic in Montreal, but lost the crucial points. She needed that win to boost her confidence. Petkovic is a player that plays well when confident. She's been reaching the latter stages of her tournaments now, so it's safe to say Andrea is the favourite here. Sloane will need to take the initiative and seize the net whenever possible to counter Petkovic's aggressive grinding game. However, given how adverse the American is to the net, I doubt so.
Pick: Petkovic in 2 sets
Camila Giorgi vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova
Kuznetsova retired from her match in Montreal, so she might be still under some sort of injury. However, there is also a possibility that she's just tired and needed to rest. Nevertheless, the Russian has a more rounded game than Camila Giorgi. The Italian's game is simply to hit the hell out of every ball, while Kuznetsova will try to make her hit uncomfortable balls with her spinny forehand. Barring a brain injury from Kuznetsova, she should be able to subdue the wild Italian.
Pick: Kuznetsova in 2 sets
Sure win bets: Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep, Carla Suarez Navarro
Upset alert: Roberta Vinci, Victoria Azarenka