Predicted Winner in BOLD – Some of these matches are sheer guesses on my part
Venus Williams (25) vs. Galina Voskoboeva - Venus’ singles successes have slowed, but maybe she can have a deep run here.
Nicolas Almagro (10) vs. Steve Johnson - I always like Almagro’s shot making; I just hope he plays well under pressure.
Tamira Paszek (30) vs. Stefanie Voegele
Maria Sharapova (2) vs. Olga Puchkova - Sugarpova rolls
Klara Zakopalova (23) vs. Chanelle Scheepers
Edouard Roger-Vasselin vs. Ruben Bemelmans
Fernando Verdasco (22) vs. David Goffin - Mild upset
Marion Bartoli (11) vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues
Adrian Ungur vs. Evgeny Donskoy
Dominika Cibulkova (15) vs. Ashleigh Barty
Carlos Berlocq vs. Maxime Authom - Berlocq is always entertaining
Lukasz Kubot vs. Daniel Gimeno-Traver
Ivo Karlovic vs. Tim Smyczek - Ivo has lost some steam recently, but he is still a tough out.
Jie Zheng vs. Yuxuan Zhang
Bjorn Phau vs. Somdev Devvarman
Jurgen Melzer (26) vs. Mikhail Kukushkin - This is a 50-50 type match in my mind.
Camila Giorgi vs. Stephanie Foretz Gacon
Sorana Cirstea (27) vs. Coco Vandeweghe - Mild upset
Vesna Dolonts vs. Olivia Rogowska
Karin Knapp vs. Maria Joao Koehler
Nina Bratchikova vs. Kirsten Flipkens - Flipkens has some history of doing well in Oz.
Agnieszka Radwanska (4) vs. Bojana Bobusic - Radwanska is a contender.
Heather Watson vs. Alexandra Cadantu
Lucie Hradecka vs. Kiki Bertens
Guillaume Rufin vs. Julian Reister
Alize Cornet vs. Marina Erakovic
Ryan Harrison vs. Santiago Giraldo - This is not going to be a good event for men from the US.
Na Li (6) vs. Sesil Karatantcheva - Can she get back to her 2011 form?
Tobias Kamke vs. Flavio Cipolla - Another 50-50 match
Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu - Nole roles
Ekaterina Makarova (19) vs. Michelle Larcher de Brito - De Brito shrieks through.
Tomas Berdych (5) vs. Michael Russell - I’d love to see Russell pull this off, but Berdych is in the mix to go deep.
Kei Nishikori (16) vs. Victor Hanescu
Stanislas Wawrinka (15) vs. Cedrik-Marcel Stebe - Stan the man advances.
Arantxa Rus vs. Irina-Camelia Begu ???
Brian Baker vs. Alex Bogomolov Jr.
Kristyna Pliskova vs. Sacha Jones
Jelena Jankovic (22) vs. Johanna Larsson - Possible upset
Petra Martic vs. Misaki Doi
Samantha Stosur (9) vs. Kai-Chen Chang - 2011 US Open form has gone AWOL for Sam – possible upset
Julia Goerges (18) vs. Vera Dushevina
Julien Benneteau (32) vs. Grigor Dimitrov - Both men are dark horses for the second week. It is a shame they meet in the first round.
Angelique Kerber (5) vs. Elina Svitolina
Feliciano Lopez vs. Arnau Brugues-Davi - Possible upset as FLO has not played all that well as of late.
Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Romina Oprandi
Mikhail Youzhny (23) vs. Matthew Ebden - I love Youzhny, but I think Ebden pulls the upset.
Olga Govortsova vs. Pauline Parmentier
Xavier Malisse vs. Pablo Andujar - Another 50-50 match