Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Good morning folks.  I hope you all survived Day 3 of the Australian Open.  Spin did not do so badly yesterday. She had a little over 68% success rate.  She is especially overjoyed this morning because she predicted another double bagel by Sharapova against Misaki  Doi of Japan.  I am not sure that is something that any fan of women's tennis should be proud of. 

Below are the results of yesterday's Day 3.  Spin's picks for Day 4 will be posted later today. 

Na Li
Olga Govortsova
Li – these 2 players are as error prone as you can get, but I expect Li to have too much firepower for her opponent
Kristyna Pliskova
Sorana Cirstea
Cirstea – this is the steadier of the 2 players (which is not saying a lot)
Julia Georges
Romina Oprandi
Oprandi – both ladies had tough first round matches (tougher than they should be) but Oprandi is less error prone than her opponent
Jie Zheng
Samantha Stosur
Stosur – winning a round at your home Slam can do wonders. I expect Stosur to continue on with a straights set win over Zheng
Ana Ivanovic
Yung-Jan Chan
Chan – the steadiness of Chan should come through against Ivanovic
Maria Joao Koehler
Jelena Jankovic
Jankovic – a pick em if I have ever seen one.  I did not see JJ’s first round match, and neither have I seen Koehler play, but experience should get JJ by (which is not saying much)
Ksenia Pervak
Heather Watson
Pervak – to continue on her upswing Down Under
Irina-Camelia Begu
Agnieszka Radwanska
Radwanska – to outsteady the error prone youngster
Angelique Kerber
Lucie Hradecka
Kerber – Kerber is the steadier of the 2, plus Hradecka for all her big game is too error prone
Madison Keys
Tamira Paszek
Keys – too much firepower by the youngster and will overcome Paszek.  Has to try and not get into long rallies by Paszek
Ekaterina Makarova
Stefanie Foretz Garcon
Makarova – Makarova plays very well Down Under. Look for her to continue to the 3rd round
Vesna Dolonc
Marion Bartoli
Bartoli – Bartoli shocked me by actually making it out of the first round.  Maybe too much to ask to see if she can go further
Dominika Cibulkova
Valeria Savinykh
Cibulkova – to continue her winning ways Down Under
Kirsten Flipkens
Klara Zakopalova
Flipkens – Belgium’s resurgent player to overpower the steadier opponent
Venus Williams
Alize Cornet
Williams – sentimental pick Venus.  Will have to ensure that she does not get into long drawn out rallies with Cornet.  Has to continue to come to net and use her big game to win this
Misaki Doi
Maria Sharapova
Sharapova – too much firepower for her opponent.  Possibly another double bagel here

The match of the day for me was that between Madison Keys and Tamira Paszek.  As predicted above, I felt that Keys would have a little too much firepower for Paszek.  I am a bit disappointed as to how far Paszek seems to have regressed after her brilliant season in 2012.  I am hoping that she will be able to turn it around as the season progresses. 

I did not get to watch much tennis last night as I am still battling the last vestiges of the flu, but from my Twitter timeline (and you can follow me @bridgepea) it seems as if there were some great matches last night.  Hopefully they are all on the AO website and I can view them at my leisure.