Australian Open Women S First Round Matches
1. Caroline Wozniacki v Sabine Lisicki
This one could be huge. We all knew Lisicki was one of the most dangerous floaters out there, she would have been seeded if it wasn't for injury and at Wimbledon last year she knocked out Maria Sharapova en route to the quarters. This is a classic big hitter vs counter-puncher match-up and it's a dangerous one for Wozniacki who trails 2-1 on the head-to-head and has lost both her matches to start 2013. She'll need to find something extra to avoid going home.
2. Petra Kvitova v Francesca Schiavone
Not often you see two former Grand Slam champions collide in the first round. Schiavone is most remembered at the Aussie Open for winning the longest women's match of all time against Svetlana Kuznetsova two years ago. However her recent form has been poor and the same can be said for Kvitova who struggled with injury in the latter of half of 2013. Both women badly need the win here.
3. Sam Stosur v Kai-Chen Chang
Often supreme on the clay and a former US Open champion to boot, for some reason Stosur simply can't cope with expectations down under. As soon as a new season begins she seems simply incapable of winning a match and lost to rank outsiders in Brisbane and Sydney in the past fortnight. Kai-Chen Chang will fancy her chances, she beat Stosur in Osaka a few months ago and is just the kind of counter-puncher Stosur loathes playing in the heat.
4. Laura Robson v Melanie Oudin
The current 'next big thing' of women's tennis, Robson has inherited the mantle which was placed round Oudin's neck following her giant-killing run to the US Open quarters a few years back. Robson has only to look at Oudin's subsequent results to know the dangers that lie ahead. These two have played several times of the years with Robson winning on the way to the Wimbledon junior title in 2008 and again in Aussie Open qualies last year.
5. Nadia Petrova v Kimiko Date-Krumm
She's been back on the tour for a few years now but it's still incredible to watch Date-Krumm mixing it at this level at the age of 42. For once she won't feel quite so old when she takes on the big hitting Petrova who's a bit of a veteran herself. Date-Krumm turned professional back in 1989 and she'll need all the experience she's accumulated over the years to outfox the tall Russian.
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