Predicted Winners in BOLD
 Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS) – Sharapova will not have the easiest match here, but she should win.
 Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) vs. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) – Muguruza is on my shortlist of players who could hold #1 for a decent stint.
 Ashleigh Barty (AUS) vs. Camila Giorgi (ITA) – Barty may have a quieter time advancing this time.
 Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. Donna Vekic (CRO) – I think Kerber is a sleeper here in Australia (an odd thing to call the 2016 champion).
 Madison Keys (USA) vs. Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) – I like Keys to win this match.
 Simona Halep (ROU) vs. Genie Bouchard (CAN) – Halep should win, but this is an interesting match-up.
 Caroline Garcia (FRA) vs. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) – I could see this going 3.
 Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs. Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) – Pliskova is another title contender who may be overlooked.
 Johanna Konta (GBR) vs. [LL] Bernarda Pera (USA)
 Lucie Safarova (CZE) vs. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) – This is tough for me as I think both of these players are capable of beating a lot of people. 50-50, but I think the underdog will pull it out.
 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) – 4 sets away from the title last year …
 Elena Vesnina (RUS) vs. Naomi Osaka (JPN)
 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) vs. Ana Bogdan (ROU) – Romania is challenging the Czech Republic as the country with the most solid players on tour.
 Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs. Lara Arruabarrena (ESP)
Andrea Petkovic (GER) vs. Lauren Davis (USA)