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AO 2012 R2: Mona Barthel (GER) vs [32]Petra Cetkovská (CZE) H2H: 0:1
First Meeting: 50K Prague 2010 (Clay) R2: 46 26​

The reigning 220K Hobart Champion is on a 9-0 winning streak and will play her 10th match within a fourtnight on Wednesday.
 

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Each day during the Australian Open, tennis.com selects three of the most intriguing matches on the schedule and offers their predictions. Richard Pagliaro picked Mona Barthel (GER) against [32]Petra Cetkovská (CZE) as women's most fascinating match on day three. Here is his take:

Neither player is a household name, but with the top women's seeds facing manageable matches on Day 3, this second-rounder looms as a potential upset.

The 21-year-old Barthel blasted her way to her first WTA title in Hobart by winning eight straight matches (three in qualifying), including a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of top-seeded Yanina Wickmayer in the final. This is Barthel’s first Australian Open, and the cumulative effect of playing so many matches in a short period, combined with the heat and pressure, could take a toll on her.

Fatigue may be a factor, but the 44th-ranked Barthel is a power player who can end points quickly. Cetkovska surrendered serve seven times in a three-set win over Ayumi Morita, and I believe Barthel’s aggressive return game will be a key to her winning this match and continuing her rise up the rankings.

The Pick: Barthel in 3.
Betting Odds: Mona Barthel 1,4; [32]Petra Cetkovská (CZE) 3,3
 

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I really don't know either of these 2 at all and haven't seen them play.
 

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IMO an easy prediction:

Mona Barthel (GER) def [32]Petra Cetkovská (CZE) in straight sets (75 63). She advanced into a R3 of a GS for the first time and will move into a new career high ranking after AO 2012.
 
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