Schedule of play:
Samantha Stosur vs. Eugenie Bouchard
There is no doubt that Eugenie Bouchard is one of the tour's most improved players. This match against Stosur will show how much she has improved since last year, where she lost a close match to Samantha in Osaka. However, it can also be said that Stosur has regressed, suffering shock losses this year with no real upsets of any kind. I believe Eugenie is back on track with her easy win in her previous round, and will hand Stosur another early exit.
Pick: Bouchard in 3 sets
Caroline Wozniacki vs. Camila Giorgi
Camila announced herself to the tennis world with her upset win over Caroline last year in US Open. Can she repeat that feat? The Dane was not in her peak form last year that's for sure, so it is safe to say that Caroline of the old is back. When the Dane is playing well, players will need to hit through her, which is very tough to do. Camila isn't as patient as the other players, so I expect an easy win this time for Wozniacki.
Pick: Wozniacki in 2 sets
Andrea Petkovic vs. Kirsten Flipkens
Flipkens had the good fortune of drawing a lowly ranked Doi in her first round. I'm sure Petkovic will be the favourite here as the Belgian has been struggling with her form for quite some time. Andrea overcame Cibulkova in her first round, and despite not playing well herself, managed to win in straight sets. The German's confidence seems to be back and when she's hitting her shots, Flipkens cannot do much. Looks like the Belgian has peaked and might never return to the top 20 again.
Pick: Petkovic in 2 sets