Australian Open 2017: January 16th Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

Simona Halep (ROU) [4] 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) [13] – Venus looked solid at the US Open last year.

Angelique Kerber (GER) [1] 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) [7] – 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) [15] – 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) [8] – A nostalgia pick?

Mona Barthel (GER) vs. Destanee Aiava (AUS)

Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) [10] vs. Jana Cepelova (SVK) – Who CSN’s backhand is fun.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) vs. Shuai Zhang (CHN) [20]

Elina Svitolina (UKR) [11] vs. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)

Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) [32] 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) [26] 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) [29] – Has the gold medal honeymoon fog warn off?

Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [24]

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) [23]vs. Shuai Peng (CHN) – An upset?

Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) [27] – 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)

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