(WC) Jarmila Gajdosova vs (2) Ana Ivanovic
After receiving a bye through to the second round, Ana Ivanovic will open her 2015 campaign on Wednesday night when she faces Australian wildcard Jarmila Gajdosova on Pat Rafter Arena.
Gajdosova opened her 2015 campaign with a solid 6-4 6-1 victory over Shuai Zhang in a rain interrupted match. This will be a big opportunity for Jarmila to test where she is at up against a top 5 ranked opponent.
The draw has really opened up for Ivanovic. The winner of this match will face either Kanepi or Brengle in the Quarter-finals. Whilst potential semi-final opponents: Azarenka, Muguruza, Keys and Cibulkova have already been eliminated.
Ana had a brilliant 2014 season but will be looking for better results at the majors this year. Starting the year off on a high is vital for Ana if she wants to remain in the top 5.
This will be the first meeting between the pair. We can expect an extremely fast paced match on Pat Rafter Arena. Of course, Ana will be a little rusty in her opening match of the season which could give Gajdosova a sneaky chance. Nevertheless Ana should still prevail comfortably.
Prediction: Ana Ivanovic to defeat Jarmila Gajdosova in straight sets