(1) Maria Sharapova vs (Q) Yaroslava Shvedova
Maria Sharapova will kick off her 2015 campaign at Pat Rafter Arena on Tuesday night where she will face the dangerous Yaroslava Shvedova.
Shvedova comes into this match having won four matches, coming through Qualifying draw. In her first main draw match, Shvedova overcame an early Sabine Lisicki onslaught to prevail 0-6 7-5 6-4. Shvedova now has the advantage of being more match hardened leading into Tuesday nights clash against the number 1 seed.
Maria will be wary of her potentially tricky opponent and will need to be focused from the very start otherwise the opening set could quickly slip away from her. There are a lot of expectations on the former world number this season, fit and healthy, many believe Maria may well challenge for the top ranking once again.
These two have met on just one previous occasion, it was Maria who prevailed in three set at Roland Garros back in 2009.
I wouldn't be surprised if this match goes to three sets but ultimately Maria will prevail.
Prediction: Maria Sharapova to defeat Yaroslava Shvedova in three sets