Predicted Winners in BOLD
 Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs. Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) – Pliskova has all of the qualities of a Grand Slam Champion, can being seeded 6th help her cause?
 Simona Halep (ROU) vs. [WC] Destanee Aiava (AUS) – Halep has handled the #1 ranking reasonably well, but a 1st major would give her a long lease on the top spot.
 Ashleigh Barty (AUS) vs. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) – Barty is a dark horse.
 Caroline Garcia (FRA) vs. Carina Witthoeft (GER) – This should be a pretty straightforward match.
Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs. Tatjana Maria (GER) – Sharapova is among the favorites, but it is unclear who isn’t capable of winning this event.
 Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) vs. [WC] Jessika Ponchet (FRA) – Muguruza holds two majors and might be the favorite here if her health was more clearly positive.
 Johanna Konta (GBR) vs. Madison Brengle (USA) – This should be a good match, but I see Konta winning in 2 somewhat close sets.
 Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. [PR] Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) – Kerber had a magical 2016 and a strong 2015. 2017 was pretty forgettable, but make no mistake if Kerber makes the second week she too could contend. Kerber tends to play well when she plays a lot so getting through the first 3 or 4 matches could make the 2016 champion a player to be feared. Kerber has to show the grit she lacked for 2017 though.
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) vs. Océane Dodin (FRA) – This is a bit of an unknown as Bouchard’s form is never easy to predict.
 Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER) – This is a terrible draw for both players. Kvitova’s return to the tour last year was a great story.
 Lucie Safarova (CZE) vs. [WC] Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) – Safarova’s doubles skills may give her enough variety to fend off a talented and dangerous Aussie wildcard.
 Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) vs. Ana Bogdan (ROU) – I am bullish on Romanians, but this is probably a bad pick on my part.
 Elena Vesnina (RUS) vs. Ons Jabeur (TUN)
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) vs. Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS)
Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) vs. [WC] Lizette Cabrera (AUS) – Aussie, Aussie, Aussie?
Carmila Giorgi (ITA) vs. [Q] Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) – The qualifier is match tough.
 Madison Keys (USA) vs. Qiang Wang (CHN)
 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs. Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) – Twin power? A big serve dictates an upset? A gut feeling? All of the above for me.
 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs. Shelby Rogers (USA) – Veteran power?
Naomi Osaka (JPN) vs. [PR] Kristina Kucova (SVK)
Kurumi Nara (JPN) vs. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)
Donna Vekic (CRO) vs. Nao Hibino (JPN)
 Anastasia Sevastova (LAT) vs. Varvara Lepchenko (USA)
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) vs. Heather Watson (GBR) – Watson could use some positive momentum.
 Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs. [WC] Kristie Ahn (USA)
Jana Cepelova (SVK) vs. Lauren Davis (USA)
[Q] Anna Blinkova (RUS) vs. (LL) B Pera (USA) – It has not been a good event for US players.
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) vs. [Q] Zhu Lin (CHN) – Qualifiers are match tough …
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) vs. Zarina Diyas (KAZ) – Cirstea has game, but can she translate that into a round of 16 here?
Polona Hercog (SLO) vs. Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS)
Christina McHale (USA) vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) – Can McHale buck the US trend in Melbourne?
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) vs. Richel Hogenkamp (NED)