Predicted Winners in BOLD
 Lucie Safarova (CZE) vs Venus Williams (USA) – Venus gets one day off from Montreal and travels to Cincinnati. She has a chronic health issue that saps some stamina. I am tempted to take a very capable Safarova, but Venus is playing the best she has in several years so I am taking Venus.
 Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs Madison Keys (USA)
 Simona Halep (ROU) vs Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) – Halep is such a warrior that I think Cincinnati’s humid conditions will favor her game.
 Victoria Azarenka (BLR) vs Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) – The defending champion has not found her pre-injury form. I hope for the sake of tennis that she returns to form sooner rather than later.
Andrea Petkovic (GER) vs Sloane Stephens (USA) – This is a match I have gone back and forth on more than any other WTA match slated for August 12. Petkovic reached the semifinals in Paris this year. Stephens is a dangerous player who should get some USA-based fan support. I think Petkovic is less likely to play a bad match so I am picking her by a slim margin.
 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) vs Shuai Zhang (CHN) – Wozniacki is playing quite well. I watched a portion of her match today and she has a lot of speed that helps her to be in position for almost every shot.
[Q] Nicole Gibbs (USA) vs [WC] Christina Mchale (USA) – This could go either way, but if Mchale is in good form, I think she wins.
 Sara Errani (ITA) vs [Q] Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) – This match will depend on Wickmayer’s ability to push Errani back on the court.
Sabine Lisicki (GER) vs Roberta Vinci (ITA) – The big server versus the all-court artist. Vinci’s singles play has not been stellar recently so I will pick Lisicki.
Camila Giorgi (ITA) vs Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) – The Russian veteran is playing quite well as of late.
 Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) – Based on Montreal, I’m picking Suarez Navarro.
Kurumi Nara (JPN) vs Romina Oprandi (SUI)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) vs Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) – This is a great match. Anyone with a ticket should find a spot near the front row for this match and abandon the generally bad lines of sight on the stadium court.
[Q] Zarina Diyas (KAZ) vs [Q] Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) – 2 qualifiers battling for computer points and easier entry into future tournaments.
Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) vs [Q] Annika Beck (GER) – Muguruza’s game should be rewarded by the fast courts in Cincinnati.