Lucie Safarova vs Sam Stosur
Sam Stosur will be looking for her first win of the season when she comes up against an in form Lucie Safarova fresh off a strong Hopman Cup showing. These two have had totally contrasting starts to the season, with Stosur suffering an extremely disappointing first round loss to Varvara Lepchenko in Brisbane.
Lucie Safarova enjoyed a successful start to her 2015 season at the hopman Cup. Lucie routed Eugenie Bouchard 6-0 6-4 in her opening match before another straight sets victory Flavia Pennetta. Despite losing her third and final match to Serena Williams it was her most impressive performance in Perth.
After losing the first set and then going down an early break in the second set, Lucie seemed down and out against a red-hot Serena. However Lucie got better and better as the match went on, thumping Williams in the second set tiebreaker. Lucie would serve for the match late in third but would unfortunately be broken to love. Despite that disappointed Lucie continued to stand up under intense pressure but would ultimately fall agonisingly short in a third set tiebreaker.
If Lucie continues to play as she did in Perth and for most of last year she will certainly crack the top 10 this year.
Sam Stosur seemed destined for a first up win when she lead Varvara Lepchenko 5-1 40-30 in Brisbane. However Stosur would suffer another nightmare loss in Australia, losing 6 straight games to go down 5-7 in the third. Sam will get one last chance in Sydney to turn things around before she heads off to Melbourne.
Lucie has a totally dominant 9-2 head to head record over Sam. I would expect Lucie to continue that dominance with a tight straight sets victory here. Her early season form really has been impressive.
Prediction: Lucie Safarova to defeat Sam Stosur in straight sets