2012 French Open: TK's Picks Day 2

Tommy KeelerCorrespondent IIIMay 27, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 25:  Li Na of China smiles as she speaks to members of the media during a press conference ahead of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 25, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Sunday was a good way to start off the French Open, but things definitely pick up with Monday's scheduled matches. More top players will be in action including, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka.

Here's a look at some of Monday's top matches along with predictions.

No. 7 Li Na vs. Sorona Cirstea

Na is the defending champion, but faces a very difficult first-round opponent. Cirstea knocked off Sam Stosur in the first round of the Australian Open. Cirstea is very capable of pulling off the upset, and it certainly wouldn't surprise me if she did. However, I think Na is starting to get some confidence going and will tough it out.

Na in three sets

No. 11 Gilles Simon vs. Ryan Harrison

Will the Frenchman feel the pressure of playing in his home country? The Frenchmen have not fared well here in recent years, and Harrison is a very dangerous player even on clay. This should be a great match, but I think Simon will stick around for a little longer.

Simon in four sets

No. 3 Aggie Radwanska vs. Bojana Jovanovski

Jovanovski is a dangerous opponent, with a solid serve and big game that could give Radwanska fits. It's a matter of whether or not Javanovski truly believes she can win and plays a solid match all the way through. Radwanska is coming off a tournament win in Brussels and has played a lot in the last week, but she should also have some added confidence.

Winner: Radwanska in two sets

No. 10 John Isner vs. Rogerio Dutra Silva

Isner can be tough on any surface, but there's no question clay is his least favorite. He hasn't had a lot of great results on clay this year, which could make his opening match tricky. He may struggle a little early on, but the serve will be enough to pull him through.


ROME, ITALY - MAY 14:  John Isner of the USA plays a backhand against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany  in their first round match during day three of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2012  at the Foro Italico Tennis Centre on May 14, 2012 in Rome, Italy.
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

No. 28 Viktor Troicki vs. Thomaz Bellucci

Both players are solid from the baseline. This should be a heck of a match. Bellucci has a little better results on clay throughout his career, but he has been struggling some lately, which is why he has fallen out of the top 32. I think Bellucci will start to find his game again in Paris.

Winner: Bellucci in five sets

Filippo Volandri vs. Tommy Haas

This is an interesting matchup. Haas had to come through qualifying to get here, which also means he is playing well. Volandri has been around for a while and has a solid clay-court game. Haas has momentum on his side.

Winner: Haas in four sets

No. 24 Petra Cetkovska vs. Simona Halep

Both players have had some good results during the clay-court season and should come in with a little confidence. Halep did well in last week's tournament in Brussels. I think she is playing better, and I like her serve when it's on.

Winner: Halep in three sets

Ekaterina Makarova vs. Sloane Stephens

The last time Makarova played in a grand slam she was knocking off Serena Williams in the Australian Open. Is she ready for another sold showing at a slam at the French? Stephens' game has been improving, and she has had a solid year, but I don't think she's ready for a breakthrough at the year's French.

Winner: Makarova in three sets

Xavier Malisse vs. Brian Baker

The X-man just won't go away. It seems like he's been around forever. Baker is definitely one of the top feel-good stories in the game right now. Something has to give. Malisse tends to play well enough to face a top-seed but then always bows out rather quietly when he gets there. Baker is on a roll, and I think he's just getting started.

Winner: Baker in four sets

No. 12 Sabine Lisicki vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands

This should be another great first-round match. Sands is certainly capable of winning, and Lisicki is very capable of losing a match like this. Lisicki hasn't made a lot of noise so far this year, and I don't think she will in Paris. However, I think she will make it to the second round.

Winner: Lisicki in three sets