I will try, but my predictions are not all that accurate IMO
This is long to please don't fall asleep
Tammy (Queen) Tanasugarn vs. Shinobu Asagoe
Never played eachother
First i must say, what a shame that tammy must face Shinobu at the moment... Shinobu has just found her form of 2000 again and is beating higher ranked oppoennts again, including top players like Schett and Dementieva. Essentially neither Tammy or Shinobu cannot overpower eachother.... they have similar abilities, perhaps Shinobu still goes for more on her shots..... but Tammy has never been one to tone down her impatience on shot selection either
I will take into account that Asagoe has just beaten a powerfull heavy hitter like Iroda in 2 sets.... this is a good win no matter what type of form Iroda is in. Tammy on the other hand has not played good tennis since her win in India....
The thing with Shinobu is, she's very very streaky....she can play 3 games in a row where she will pound winners and charge the net - literally looking like a top 10 player... then she very quickly falls appart and sprays the ball all over the court. Also Tammy must watch out for the Asagoe backhand.... powerfull and she manages to hit the line with it time after time. I remember her backhand standing up to Venus Williams groundies in Wimby one year.
Tammy seems to have re-vamped her serve, and no matter how vulnerable it seems, players seem to hate it.... why? because its different.... its not easy to 'time' a ball that is riddled with side spin!
Also Tammy seems to power her serve down the line as well.... the way she handled Lindsay in Japan clearly tells me her serve was paying off.... there is NO way you can get a close score with Lindsay if you are not getting 1st serves in....so credit to Tamarine. Shinobu does not become carefull in her game.... she is either making winners, or she's not. If she is inconsistent this ciould a blowout and an easy win for Tammy, but as i said before....Shinobu's previous matches are not indicating this is going to an easy match. Another similarity between these girls is their 'fight' on court..... Shinobu runs EVERYTHING down.... so If Tammy gets a little 'slow' in the 2nd set (which she often does) Shinobu will definently bounce back on her.
Anways... Both Tammy and Shinobu will charge the net when needed.... but whoever is dominating from the baseline should win this encounter. I pick Tammy in 3 because of her variety.... Tammy has learnt slice, high ball, power shots and dropshots - all of these she used against Serena.... Asagoe pounds away but can also charge the net and has great court coverage. By no means is this a comfortable match for Tammy, I think she will win.... but In the form that Shinobu is in...it should not be shock horror if Tammy was to lose this match. If Tammy mixes it uop and uses plenty of high-balls and follows them up with an aggressive shot...it should be a good tactic to thow Asagoe's game off.... its just too dangerous for Tammy to try and out slug Shinobu at the baseline, its too risky because of the form that Shinobu is in at the moment. I think Tammy is smart enough to know what she has to do... just try her hardest and not let her opponent find rythym.
Tammy should grind this through in 3.
Tamarine Tanasugarn def. Shinobu Asagoe 7-6 2-6 6-2