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Why Miami is played in March and Cincinnati in August
Predicted Winners in BOLD
Stadium (11 am. start)
 Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. Johanna Larsson (SWE) – Kerber’s excellent 2016 and strong 2015 seem to be more relevant than her poor 2017 campaign.
 Simona Halep (ROU) vs. [LL] Océane Dodin (FRA)
 Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. [WC] Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) – Stephens has been an enigma since winning her first major last September.
 Madison Keys (USA) vs. [WC] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) – I am not sure on this one, but Keys seems to be out of sorts on the court in recent months.
 Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) – If Makarova stops Pliskova from dictating with her serve, this could be an upset.
 Caroline Garcia (FRA) vs. [Q] Alison Riske (USA) – I don’t think Riske wins this match, but she is much better than most qualifiers so this is not a soft draw for Garcia.
 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs. Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL)
 Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs. Zarina Diyas (KAZ) – Kuznetsova keeps plugging away.
 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)
 Sorana Cirstea (ROU) vs. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) – Cirstea being seeded is a testament to hard work and solid results.
 Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs. Christina Mchale (USA) – This would be an upset, but McHale is capable.
 Julia Goerges (GER) vs. Carina Witthoeft (GER)
 Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) vs. Alizé Cornet (FRA) – Cornet always seems to win a few tough matches.
 Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) vs. [Q] Monica Niculescu (ROU) – Have I gone upset crazy?
 Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs. [Q] Yafan Wang (CHN) – CSN FTW