AO 3R: Pick Your Upset
Of the top seeds in the 2R, only Jankovic was upset. Which is exactly what most people thought would happen in the earlier poll.
So, onto the 3R, where's the greatest potential for upset?
Wozniacki vs Cibulkova - Wozniacki has looked sharped in Melbourne. She's even been hitting some winners! Cibulkova beat her in the preAO warm-up. Can she repeat the upset?
Zvonareva vs Safarova - Zvonareva fought off Jovanovski and Safarova squeeked by Zakopalova in the last round.
Clijsters vs Cornet - Clijsters has very easily dismissed all opponents so far. Cornet was a pleasant surprise in the last round dispatching Martinez Sanchez.
Williams vs Petkovic - How severe is Williams groin pull from the last round? Petkovic has played like a contender in some sets during the last few weeks. Key point being 'some' sets. Can she finally go deep in a slam?
Stosur vs Kvitova - Stosur has been unchallenged and Kvitova appears to be living up to the hype that began years ago.
Schiavone vs Niculescu - Schiavone's form has been off yet she has managed to pull out hard fought and long matches the last two rounds. Niculescu has made the most of a weak portion of the draw.
Azarenka vs Scheepers - A bit of a dream draw for Azarenka the last two rounds, yet she still was not convincing in the last round. Scheepers has come through two three setters to make her first 3R in Melbourne.
Sharapova vs Goerges - Sharapova kept her double faults in check in the last round. Goerges has eeked out three set wins to advance to the third round. Based on pre-AO form, a Goerges win might not be an upset.
Pavlyuchenkova vs Benesova - Pavlyuchenkova has yet to make her mark in a slam though she definitely has the talent to do so. Benesova has shown excellent form in the last two rounds, easily dispatching Kirilenko yesterday.