Barbora Zahlavova Strycova – Silvia Soler-Espinosa
They have met each other 3 times before with Strycova winning all 3 without giving up a set. The last 2 meetings were on clay like this encounter.
Karin Knapp – Roberta Vinci
These 2 have only met twice, but Knapp has won the both and one of the meetings came earlier this year. But being this is Vinci on home soil I dare not bet totally against her, but I’ll settle for Knapp winning a set.
Grega Zemlja – Rajeev Ram
Zemlja is a good grass player, but Ram is also a fine one and his only ever title on the ATP-tour came here in Newport back in 2009. That’s the sort of things that brings back good memories, and on top of that he also leads 1-0 in their h2h.
Vasek Pospisil – Lleyton Hewitt
Hewitt is on a poor streak but if he can’t beat a player like Pospisil it’s hard to see why he bothers carrying on.
Marinko Matosevic – Jesse Levine
The last 2 matches I’m going for is because of the odds offered on the outsider. Both of these 2 matches look like serving contests which could just as well fall to the outsider than to the favourite.
Izak van der Merwe – Gilles Muller
Mind you, a fabulous server like Muller have been here twice before and both times left after losing his first match.