Australian Open 2013: Bold Predictions for Day 2

Ron Juckett@ronjuckettContributor IIIJanuary 14, 2013

Australian Open 2013: Bold Predictions for Day 2

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    After a rather orderly first day of play at the Australian Open, the first round concludes overnight down in Melbourne.

    With the top half of the draw holding form in both the men’s and women’s side, the second day of play could see some of the bigger name players tested.

    Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer all begin their march Tuesday to claim the first Grand Slam trophy of 2013.

    At this early stage of the tournament, it is almost impossible to forecast upsets. But a look at tonight’s draw shows that some of these players are in for more difficult matches than you would expect in a first—round match.

    Here are a few bold predictions for day two at the Australian Open.

Serena Williams Will Not Surrender a Game

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    Going second in the day session at Hisense Arena, the No. 3 seed will play against the Romanian Edina Gallovits–Hall.

    Do not let Williams’ seeding fool you. She has been on a big roll in tournaments since last year’s Wimbledon and is heavily favored to win it all in Melbourne.

    Because of her injuries, her computer ranking has not quite caught up with her current momentum.

    At her best, there is not another player on tour that can keep up with her. The Australian fans will see that starting tonight when she wins 6-0, 6-0.

Caroline Wozniacki on Upset Alert out of the Gate

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    The 10th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki drew the tough German Sabine Lisicki for her first-round match.

    When she is playing at her best, Wozniacki can play up to the level that made her the No. 1 player in the world. She has a very good all court game that can hold up well under pressure.

    It is when she is not on her game that Wozniacki can get into trouble. Lisicki is just outside of being a seeded player herself and Wozniacki is going to have to hold her serve early if she wants to survive the first round.

    Expect this one to go the distance and play with the confidence of an already unsure Wozniacki.

Petra Kvitova Also on Upset Watch

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    The eighth-seeded Kvitova also had an unlucky draw for her first-round match.

    She faces the former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the second match of the day at Margaret Court Arena.

    This is a matchup that we normally would see in a third round or even in a round of 16 match.

    At 32, Schiavone is on the backside of her career. She comes into the Australian Open ranked No. 48 in the world and has not really duplicated the success that she found a couple years ago in Paris.

    Still, this is a winnable match for Schiavone and Kvitova is going to have to play her best tennis from the start to advance to the second round.

Gael Monfils Pulls the Upset

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    The night session match on Margaret Court tonight features No. 18 Alexandr Dolgopolov against the former junior tennis great Gael Monfils.

    We keep waiting for Monfils to break through on the big stage and a good performance from him tonight could see that happen.

    While his world ranking has slipped all the way down to No. 86, he still shows signs of being able to play on the sport’s biggest stages.

    The longer he can make Dolgopolov work, the better his chances are of winning.