(16) Lucie Safarova vs Yaroslava Shvedova
Lucie Safarova enters the 2015 Australian Open as one of the form players outside the main contenders. lucie will open her campaign against dangerous floater Yaroslava Shvedova.
Lucie Safarova kick started her 2015 campaign with a solid week at the Hopman Cup. Lucie demolished Eugenie Bouchard in her match at the Hopman Cup before defeating Flavia Pennetta in straight sets. In her final match in Perth, Lucie came agonisingly close to her first career victory over Serena, eventually succumbing in a third set tiebreaker.
After a career best season in 2014, Lucie seems to be playing with a high degree of confidence and belief, something she has lacked in the past. This could be a big year for Lucie, a spot in the top 10 could be just around the corner.
Yaroslava Shvedova progressed through the qualifying draw in Brisbane before coming from a set down to defeat Sabine Lisicki in the opening round. In the second round Shvedova ran into a red-hot Maria Sharapova, suffering a 6-0 6-1 loss. In Sydney Shvedova bowed out in the opening round of qualifying, a disappointing loss to Katerina Siniakova.
These two have met on one previous, it was Shvedova who prevailed in straight sets. A 6-3 6-4 victory in Cincinnati back in 2012. Shvedova can be an awkward opponent, you never quite know what you’re going to get from her. Nevertheless it’s hard to see Shvedova upsetting an in form Lucie Safarova.
Prediction: Lucie Safarova to defeat Yaroslava Shvedova in straight sets