ZHUK TO BEAT GIORGI @ 13-5
Zhuk 42-18 record on hard courts although on the ITF circuit, she is very much at home on hard courts she reached the final at Newport Beach and will be high on confidence, Giorgi as ever has flattered to deceive reaching the SF at Sydney before losing second round in the OZ Open and she is not a player I trust at heave odds on against an in form opponent with nothing to lose.
SAKKARI TO BEAT HSIEH @ 6-5
Sakkari is a consistent player, Hsieh is another player who I do not trust, couple of seasons ago she was concentrating on doubles but has had been in decent form but both players are happy on the surface and I am happy to take a chance on the player who I feel will be more consistent.
PERA TO BEAT ERRANI @ 11-10
Errani I would imagine can’t wait for the clay court season as her game is not cut out for hard courts, she takes a fair amount off her first serve to allow for a high percentage of accuracy but it is not working as it just allows opponent to get on the front foot straight away, Pera upset Konta int eh OZ Open and has had some excellent results so far this season including yesterday in beating Vondrousova in three sets and is great value to upset the Italian here.