Wednesday, January 16, 2013


It is already Day 4 and time for Spin's Picks.  I don't know about anyone else, but the top half of the draw seems to have more matches that I would love to see, moreso than the bottom half.  Early days yet though so anything can happen. 

Day 4's matches features some questions that are high on everyone's list, namely:-

  1. how is Serena Williams' ankle; 
  2. is Petra Kvitova really on her way back; 
  3. is Laura Robson the real deal; 
  4. is Svetlana Kuznetsova really working her way back to the top of women's tennis; 
  5. has Caroline Wozniacki sufficiently recovered from that early round scare in the first round; and 
  6. is Yanina Wickmayer finally beginning to show us what she is really made of?
Below are Spin's picks for Day 4. 

Victoria Azarenka
Eleni Daniilidou
Azarenka – while the top seed had some trouble with Nicolescu in her opening match, she should sail through this one with no problems

Luksika Kumkhum
Jamie Hampton
Hampton – the feisty young American should have some trouble but should get through in 3 

Varvara Lepchenko
Elena Vesnina
This is a pick em but I am going out on a limb and picking Vesnina for the win. That title in Hobart seems to be working wonders on her psyche

Akgul Amanmuradova
Roberta Vinci
I would pick the big serving Akgul but Vinci will expose her movement with her slice backhand -  Vinci

Caroline Wozniacki
Donna Vekic
A battle of young guns.  Vekic is young and hungry. Wozniacki is young and tired.  This could be long with Wozniacki winning or short with Vekic winning.  I am going with Wozniacki

Daria Gavrilova
Lesia Tsurenko
Tsurenko has played a lot of tennis this season.  Taking out a seed in her last round, look for her to have a let down here - Gavrilova

Su-Wei Hsieh
Svetlana Kuznetsova
This depends on which Sveta shows up.  If she decides to play behind the baseline, she will lose.  Hsieh can run all day.  Sveta should use her arsenal of shots to win this - Kuznetsova

Yulia Putintseva
Carla Suarez Navarro
Another battle of the tiny tots.  The world got to see Putintseva in her last match against McHale. Look for the steady Navarro to outlast the Russian – Navarro

Serena Williams
Garbine Muguruza
How is the ankle doing?  That is the question the tennis world is waiting on when Serena takes the court for her second round match. Serena in straights

Ayumi Morita
Annika Beck
I have not see either of these women play since the tournament started but I am going with Beck, if only because of her big win in the previous round.

Yanina Wickmayer
Jana Cepelova
Wickmayer to continue her 2013 run of form against the youngster

Shuai Peng
Maria Kirilenko
This one will be a long drawn out affair.  If Peng serves well, she should take it, but I am going with Kirilenko

Kimiko Date-Krumm
Shahar Peer
Peer had to battle hard just to get here while Krumm sent Petrova packing with a bagel.  Look for Krumm to discombolate Peer here.

Bojana Jovanovski
Lucie Safarova
Depends on which Lucie shows up.  Bojana can be steady as well as erratic.  I am going with Jovanovski

Sloane Stephens
Kristina Mladenovic
Battle of the young guns.  Stephens dispatched her last opponent with 2 breadsticks.  Look for her to continue her great run of form here.

Laura Robson
Petra Kvitova
This is the match of the day.  Is 2011 Petra back or will Robson get another top 10 scalp at a Major.  I am going with Petra because of her experience, plus she has to get it right at some point