Angelique Kerber vs Donna Vekic, Australian Open R2 Prediction

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🇩🇪 (21) Angelique Kerber vs 🇭🇷 Donna Vekic

This should be win number 11 for Kerber in 2018. Kerber has all the weapons to disrupt the big game of Vekic. Kerber’s exceptional movement and ability to absorb and redirect pace make her a nightmare match-up for Vekic, especially given the type of form Kerber is in right now. Kerber is full of confidence right now and is not going to slip up against a player like Vekic. The Croatian does not have it in her to consistently hit through Kerber to make this too competitive.

Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Donna Vekic in 2 sets

Ashleigh Barty vs Camila Giorgi, Australian Open R2 Prediction

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🇦🇺 (18) Ashleigh Barty vs 🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi

Ashleigh Barty had the perfect preparation heading into this match with her first round win over Sabalenka. Giorgi is a huge hitter of the ball, just like Sabalenka. Barty showed that she is smart enough and has the skills to get through such a challenge. Barty served very well against Sabalenka and did well to force Sabalenka into hitting a few extra shots which resulted in errors. More of the same is needed against Giorgi. I think Giorgi is being overrated because of her run in Sydney, Barty is clearly the better, more consistent player. I think Barty is mentally stronger and is seemingly thriving on the big stage with the Australian public behind her.

Prediction: Ashleigh Barty to defeat Camila Giorgi in 2 sets

Agnieszka Radwanska vs Lesia Tsurenko, Australian Open R2 Prediction

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🇵🇱 (26) Agnieszka Radwanska vs 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko

I think Radwanska should have the edge here. These are the types of match-ups that Radwanska loves. Tsurenko is solid but does not have the weapons to overpower Radwanska. The Pole has a brilliant record at Melbourne Park having twice reached the semi-finals. This match-up will feature a lot of long rallies, just how Radwanska likes it. I think Tsurenko will panic and will not be able to find consistent ways to win points. Radwanska is the more intelligent, more stable and more crafty player and will outlast Tsurenko from the baseline.

Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska to defeat Lesia Tsurenko in 2 sets

Anastasija Sevastova vs Maria Sharapova, Australian Open R2 Prediction

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🇱🇻 (14) Anastasija Sevastova vs 🇷🇺 Maria Sharapova

Sevastova and Sharapova played out a couple of epic matches late last year. Sevastova proved to be a very tricky match-up for Sharapova. The pair played out 2 epic 3 set matches, winning 1 match apiece. Sevastova’s defensive skills, ability to mix up the pace from the baseline, drop shots and slice were a good combination to throw Sharapova off her game. Who will come out on top on this occasion?

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I’m going to give the edge to Sevastova here. Sharapova was unimpressive in her opening round match and showed signs that she will again struggle in this match-up. Sharapova refused to come to the net against Maria in the opening round and was punished in the second set because of it. The German was not good enough to take full advantage of Sharapova’s hesitancy but Sevastova certainly is. Sevastova has awesome anticipation skills and will again force Sharapova into long drawn out rallies. Early in the season I don’t think Sharapova will be sharp enough to get past this tough challenge. Sevastova is more consistent from the baseline and behind her serve.

Prediction: Anastasija Sevastova to defeat Maria Sharapova in 3 sets

Johanna Konta vs Bernarda Pera, Australian Open R2 Prediction

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🇬🇧 (9) Johanna Konta vs 🇺🇸 (LL) Bernarda Pera

This will be the biggest match of Pera’s career. Pera is playing in the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her life and is playing against a top 10 player for the first time in her life. This should be a comfortable win for Konta. The conditions at Melbourne Park clearly favour Konta, Konta is far more comfortable on a quick surface whilst Pera has played the vast majority of her tennis on clay. Konta will have time to dictate and dominate in this match-up.

Prediction: Johanna Konta to defeat Bernarda Pera in 2 sets

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Kateryna Bondarenko, Australian Open R2 Prediction

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🇷🇺 (15) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs 🇺🇦 Kateryna Bondarenko

I’m going to side with Pavlyuchenkova here. I think this should be a good match-up for the Russian. Pavlyuchenkova is better than Bondarenko in all the key areas. Bondarenko does not really have weapons that will hurt Pavlyuchenkova. This match is on the Russian’s racquet, after she survived a tough opening round match I think she will play with a bit more freedom here and claim a more comfortable win.

Prediction: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to defeat Kateryna Bondarenko in 2 sets

Magdalena Rybarikova vs Kirsten Flipkens, Australian Open R2 Prediction

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🇸🇰 (19) Magdalena Rybarikova vs 🇧🇪 Kirsten Flipkens

I give Rybarikova the edge here. Rybarikova was very impressive in her opening round match over Townsend. I think Rybarikova is the better athlete, Flipkens is very fragile and has already had some injury concerns this year. The heat will favour Rybarikova. I think Rybarikova is better from the baseline and overall has a more power from the baseline. The Slovakian should win this.

Prediction: Magdalena Rybarikova to defeat Kirsten Flipkens in 2 sets

Jelena Ostapenko vs Ying-Ying Duan, Australian Open R2 Preview

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🇱🇻 (7) Jelena Ostapenko vs 🇨🇳 Ying-Ying Duan

I think this will be a reasonably competitive match. There may be a huge gap in rankings between these two but Duan is a much more dangerous player than her ranking suggests. Ostapenko’s opening round match-up against Schiavone was not a threatening one. Duan is a threat. Ostapenko’s second serve is a huge problem at the moment, Duan has a powerful return of serve that will put a lot of pressure on the Latvian. I can see Duan making at least 1 set competitive and perhaps pushing this to a third set. However, I think Ostapenko will be too tough in the important moments. Ostapenko is far more comfortable on the big stage and enjoys the conditions in Melbourne.

Prediction: Jelena Ostapenko to defeat Ying-Ying Duan in 3 sets

Julia Goerges vs Alize Cornet, Australian Open R2 Prediction

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🇩🇪 (12) Julia Goerges vs 🇫🇷 Alize Cornet

Form suggests that this will be an easy victory for Goerges. The German has won her last 15 matches, a run that includes 3 titles, Goerges is full of confidence right now and the quick hard courts in Melbourne certainly suit the game of Goerges. Alize Cornet’s form in recent times has not been great, Cornet was given a very favourable opening round draw against 16-year-old Xiyu Wang and will face a gigantic step up in opposition here. Goerges has all the weapons to deal with the game of Cornet, the way these two are playing right now, Goerges should make fairly light work of Cornet.

Prediction: Julia Goerges to defeat Alize Cornet in 2 sets

Madison Keys vs Qiang Wang, Australian Open R1 Prediction

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(17) 🇺🇸 Madison Keys vs 🇨🇳 Qiang Wang

I’m going to go for the upset here. I think Wang is good enough to take advantage of a rusty Keys. The American has not won a match since her run to the final of the U.S Open last year, it is unlikely Keys will be anywhere near her best for this opening round match, she is not the type of player that can show up at an event and play extremely well from the start without match play. Wang is very solid and consistent and is good enough to take advantage of Keys if she is not at her best which I suspect she will not be here.

Prediction: Qiang Wang to defeat Madison Keys in 3 sets