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Predicted Winners in BOLD
Simona Halep (ROU)  vs. Shelby Rogers (USA) – This event seems pretty wide open. Halep may be a decent pick for the title.
Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) vs. Venus Williams (USA)  – Venus looked solid at the US Open last year.
Angelique Kerber (GER)  vs. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) – Kerber went 14-0 in Grand Slam play on hard courts last year. She should win this match, but can she keep up that pace?
Marina Erakovic (NZL) vs. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP)  – Muguruza has a lot of talent, but has not done a lot since Roland Garros last year. Does she rebound in Melbourne?
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Roberta Vinci (ITA)  – This should be a fun match with some shots falling outside of the typical topspin drive rallies.
Louisa Chirico (USA) vs. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) – Bouchard seems to have rounded some corners with her game.
Ashleigh Barty (AUS) vs. Annika Beck (GER)
Mariana Duque-Mariño (COL) vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)  – A nostalgia pick?
Mona Barthel (GER) vs. Destanee Aiava (AUS)
Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP)  vs. Jana Cepelova (SVK) – Who CSN’s backhand is fun.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) vs. Shuai Zhang (CHN) 
Elina Svitolina (UKR)  vs. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)  vs. Nao Hibino (JPN)
Eri Hozumi (JPN) vs. Carina Witthoeft (GER)
Ying-Ying Duan (CHN) vs. Rebecca Sramkova (SVK)
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) vs. Kurumi Nara (JPN)
Laura Siegemund (GER)  vs. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) – JJ keeps hanging on and may last through a few rounds here.
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) vs. Misaki Doi (JPN)
Samantha Crawford (USA) vs. Lauren Davis (USA)
Kristina Kucova (SVK) vs. Christina McHale (USA) – McHale is one of my favorite players so I could be biased.
Alison Riske (USA) vs. Madison Brengle (USA) – This should be a close match. I was impressed with Riske last year in Cincinnati.
Irina Khromacheva (RUS) vs. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) – Cirstea has a solid game that I watched from the 1st row in a qualifying match last year in Cincinnati.
Kiki Bertens vs. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) – This could be a battle.
Anna Tatishvili (USA) vs. Jaimee Fourlis (AUS)
Patricia Maria Tig (ROU) vs. Monica Puig (PUR)  – Has the gold medal honeymoon fog warn off?
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) vs. Viktorija Golubic (SUI) – Can she find singles success along the lines of her sister’s success?
Katerina Siniakova (CZE) vs. Julia Goerges (GER)
Daria Kasatkina (RUS) vs. Shuai Peng (CHN) – An upset?
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)  – Another fun match in a day of good matches.
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) vs. Julia Boserup (USA) – A final season flourish?
Vania King (USA) vs. Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS)