Requirements: please don't predict way into the draw (maybe one round ahead). That way we don't overlook potential first round thrillers
. Here goes:
Ashley Harkleroad vs. Vera Douchevina--power vs. speed, and both are young, and both, well no only one, is hot
. I think Vera will start off well but then Ashley's determination and constant retrieving with cause the Russain to unwind.
HARKLEROAD 2-6; 7-5; 6-3
Meghan Shaughnessy vs. Karolina Sprem--two hard hitters, one up and coming, one trying to go even higher up the rankings. Though Meg will have the crowd behind her, I think K-Lina is winning this won.
SPREM 6-3; 3-6; 6-3
Daniela Hantuchova vs. Marion Bartoli--The drama. Can Hantuchova actually win a match?
Maria Sharapova vs. Virginia Ruano-Pasqual--another power vs. speed matchup. However, Masha I think has a higher level of confidence than Vera, so I am giving her a much bigger chance to win. Though it would do wonders for her career to win this in three, this match will be two sets no matter who wins. If Masha plays well and handles the spins and speed of Vivi, she will win easily. If she shows immaturity, she will unwind easily.
I am a Masha fan so SHARAPOVA 6-3; 6-1
Alexandra Stevenson vs. Emile Loit--Once again the drama of "Can Alex win a match"?
No again. Loit 6-0; 5-0; 40-0 ret.