(3) Simona Halep vs Jarmila Gajdosova
One of Wednesday's most intriguing second round matches sees third seed Simona Halep take on Aussie Jarmila Gajdosova on Rod Laver Arena.
Simona Halep opened her 2015 Australian Open campaign with a solid performance to defeat Karin Knapp in straight sets 6-3 6-2. Karin Knapp lurked as a potentially dangerous first up opponent for the Romanian however the Italian failed to mount a serious challenge, hitting far too many unforced errors in a wayward performance.
Simona finds herself in a very favourable section of the draw. With Ana Ivanovic now eliminated, the Romanians pathway to the Semi-finals looks very manageable.
Jarmila Gajdosova finally ended her 10 year Australian Open drought by comfortably defeating Alexandra Dulgheru 6-4 6-3 on Margaret Court Arena. Gajdosova's form leading into Melbourne was impressive therefore it was no surprise to see the erratic Aussie finally progress to the second round at Melbourne Park.
Gajdosova's reward is a second round showdown with Simona Halep on Wednesday night at Rod Laver Arena. Gajdosova has shown in the past few weeks that at her best she can match it with quality opponents. Jarmila defeated both Cibulkova and Petkovic in Sydney before pushing Petra to three sets. However it will take an almighty performance if she is to upset Simona in Wednesday night.
This will be the first career meeting between Jarka and Simona. At her aggressive best Jarka has the ability to hit through Simona, however it's very difficult to see Jarka performing at a high enough level to defeat the solid Romanian. Simona is a class above Jarka and should progress through to the third round.
Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat Jarmila Gajdosova in straight sets