(4) Dominika Cibulkova vs Madison Keys
In perhaps the most intriguing of the first round matches in Brisbane, Dominika Cibulkova will seek her first career victory over the powerful Madison Keys.
Domi had an extremely successful Australian summer in 2014, going on a fairytale run to the final of the Australian Open. The Slovaks strong form continued throughout the first half of the year, a strong showing in Miami saw her crack the top 10 for the first time in her career. However from there it was all downhill. Domi would suffer 10 first round losses after Miami in a truly horrendous finish to the season.
Much of Dominika's ranking points will be on the line in Melbourne, it's vital that she gets some wins under her belt before arriving in Melbourne.
Madison Keys had mixed results in 2014. After an extremely promising run in Eastbourne where she claimed her first career title, injury would unfortunately derail the remainder of her season. Many feel that this could be a big year for the talented young American, another win over Domi would certainly be a nice way to kick things off.
Keys has a perfect 2-0 head to head record over Domi. In their most recent encounter in Wyman, Domi was forced to retire injured after winning the opening set. Their only completed match was in Beijing 2013, Keys winning in straight sets 6-4 6-3.
This is a fascinating matchup.. One of the biggest servers on the tour up against one of the best returners on tour.
I think Domi will prevail on this occasion in a thriller.
Prediction: Dominika Cibulkova to defeat Madison Keys in three sets