Predicted Winners in BOLD
 Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) vs. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) – This is not the easiest draw. Each player has won Roland Garros. Still, Ostapenko should win.
 Venus Williams (USA) vs. Belinda Bencic (SUI) – Another interesting draw, but I think Venus’ solid 2017 earns her the benefit of the doubt.
 Daria Gavrilova (AUS) vs. [Q] Irina Falconi (ITA) – Daria Gavrilova being seeded is good for the Aussie and her fans. I would not be shocked if she lost this match though.
 Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. Shuai Zhang (CHN) – Post-grand slam slumps are real. I think this is close to a 50-50 match.
Samantha Stosur (AUS) vs. Monica Puig (PUR) – Huge opportunity for both players. I think Stosur wins as Puig has not shown any winning form since her 2016 gold medal. Stosur has been a bit more consistent and is playing on home soil.
 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) vs. Mihaela Buzărnescu (ROU) – Could the Wizard of Woz’s major breakthrough come years after people thought it was a lost cause? Maybe.
 Julia Georges (GER) vs. Sofia Kenin (USA) – Georges could be as good of a pick as any for the final 8.
 Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Timea Babos (HUN) – Coco reached 2 major semifinals in 2017. Can she go one or two steps further here?
 Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) vs. Taylor Townsend (USA) – I have to put some sort of upset pick out there.
 Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) vs. Kaia Kanepi (EST) – Cibulkova is always a tough out in Oz.
[WC] Jaimee Fourlis (AUS) vs. [WC] Olivia Rogowska (AUS) – Two Aussie wildcards and one will get at least 2nd round ranking points. In some ways, this is ideal for Tennis Australia.
 Elina Svitolina (UKR) vs. [Q] Ivana Jorovic (SRB) – The #4 seed is being put on a side court. Strange.
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) vs. Alison Riske (USA) – Both of these players are dangerous floaters. I think Riske advances.
Jana Fett (CRO) vs. Misa Eguchi (JPN)
 Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) – I like both players’ games. This is a tough call, but Makarova seems a little more steady to me.
 Shuai Peng (CHN) vs. [Q] Marta Kostyuk (UKR)
 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs. Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) – Geopolitical implications …
Ying-Ying Duan (CHN) vs. Mariana Duque-Mariño (COL)
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) vs. qualifier – Uneducated guess here
 Anett Kontaveit (EST) vs. Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) vs. [Q] Denisa Allertova (CZE)
Jennifer Brady (USA) vs. Magda Linette (POL)
 Daria Kasatkina (RUS) vs. [Q] Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK)
Monica Niculescu (ROU) vs. Mona Barthel (GER) – Romanian tennis is on the uptick
Johanna Larsson (SWE) vs. [Q] Luksika Kumkhum (THA)
Alizé Cornet (FRA) vs. Xinyu Wang (CHN) – Cornet is good at tennis and a cagey competitor.
 Kiki Bertens (NED) vs. Catherine Bellis (USA)
Katerina Siniakova (CZE) vs. Maria Sakkari (GRE)
Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs. [Q] Magdalena Frech (POL)
Petra Martic (SLO) vs. Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL)
Elise Mertens (BEL) vs. [Q] Viktoria Kozmova (SVK)
Nicole Gibbs (USA) vs. [Q] Viktoriya Tomova (BUL)