Jie Zheng – Marion Bartoli
Zheng opened the year by winning a title, and has continued her ride so far in Melbourne, winning comfortably, just like Bartoli has done.
But with Chinese in such good shape, the price on her seems a bit exagerated. Mind you, the last time these 2 met was in Melbourne in 2010, with Zheng winning in 3 sets on her way to the semifinal, whereas Bartoli in 10 attempts has only ever once gone past the 3rd round.
Sara Errani – Sorana Cirstea
I did not expect Errani to get past the 2nd round against Petrova, but she totally rolled over the russian winning 6-2 6-2. Close to as convincing as she came through the 1st round when she won 6-2 6-1. In other words; she’s smoking!
Cirstea produced an upset in the first round beating Stosur, but she has fallen short in her last 2 meetings against Errani in 2010 and 2011. The Italian hasn’t gotten a poorer tennis player, it seems, so well go for her tonight.
Svetlana Kuznetsova – Sabine Lisicki
If Lisicki gets on a good run she’s extremely dangerous, but I still think Kuznetsova can push her a bit tonight. The Russian has always produced some decent results in Melbourne, with one third round exit as her poorest result in the past 7 years.
I’m not sure she can win the match, but at least a set should be within her reach.