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Monday, 16 January 2012

Australian Open Day 2 Picks

It was a decent start to the tournament on Day 1, but it could have been all the better if Ivan Ljubicic had not blown a 2 set lead when we needed him to go through with a 3 or 4 set win. What made that result more disappointing was the fact that Ljubicic had a break advantage in the 3rd set before essentially falling away.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both enjoyed straight-forward wins in their 1st Round clashes. The Women's draw also saw the leading lights go forward into the next Round, although there were plenty of favourites who were beaten in their contests.

Samantha Stosur - 5.5 games vs Sorana Cirstea: I think Stosur will be too strong for a young opponent that has been beaten handily in the Grand Slam tournaments last year. Cirstea could potentially find this match a little overwhelming as the fans will be totally behind their home favourite and I feel Stosur is too effective for her.

Stosur has won 2 of their 3 meetings, although Cirstea won the last won in 2010. However, I think the World Number 5 will be too strong.

Jelena Dokic vs Anna Chakvetadze: I am surprised that Dokic is the underdog in this game, even though the Australian has not been in great form starting this season, and that is mainly down to the fact that Anna Chakvetadze has had injuries ruin her career in recent seasons.

Chakvetadze had not played since Wimbledon before having to retire in Hobart last week and I think Dokic could take advantage of the lack of fitness in this heat.

Dokic has also won their only previous meeting, at this tournament in 2009, and I think she is perhaps under-rated here.

MY PICKS: Samantha Stosur - 5.5 games @ 2.10 Coral (2 Units)
Jelena Dokic @ 2.38 Bet365 (2 Units)

Australian Open Daily Picks: 2-1, + 1.66 Units

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