1. Sam Stosur v Olga Govortsova (Stanford, R2)
The 1st round will conclude on Tuesday in Stanford along with the first second round match in the night session, which will see Sam Stosur makes her first appearance since Wimbledon against Olga Govortsova. The Belarusian defeated a heavily slumping Julia Goerges, 7-6(2) 6-2 in the first main draw match from this year’s Stanford tournament. I imagine Stosur will be a little rusty to begin with, having had a bye into the second round, but I think she will be a threat over the next couple of months leading up to the US Open and I expect her to win here.
Prediction – Stosur to beat Govortsova in 2 sets (1 tight, 1 easy)
2. Mikhail Youzhny v Pablo Andujar (Gstaad, R2)
After an early exit in Hamburg, Mikhail Youzhny recovered with a three set win in his first round match in Switzerland over Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6-3 4-6 6-2. Youzhny had a terrific run on the grass, making the final in Halle and reaching the last 16 of Wimbledon where he was knocked out by the eventual champion, Andy Murray. Pablo Andujar enjoyed a rare victory, progressing 6-1 6-2 past the Romanina qualifier, Victor Crivoi, 6-1 6-2. Andujar has had a pretty dire year apart from two weeks in May where he made back-to-back semi-finals in Madrid and Nice. Youzhny beat Andujar at Roland Garros this year and although I think this will go the distance, I predict that Youzhny will reach the quarters.
Prediction – Youzhny to beat Andujar in 3 sets
3. Richard Gasquet v Albert Montanes (Umag, R2)
The top seed in Umag, Richard Gasquet, plays his first match on Wednesday against the Spaniard, Albert Montanes. Gasquet had a bye in the first round, meanwhile Montanes defeated Dusan Lajovic, 7-6(3) 6-1. This is Montanes’s best surface, but he has a 0-5 head-to-head record against Gasquet and although I question Gasquet’s motivation this week, I think the Frenchman will come through this one comfortably.
Prediction – Gasquet to beat Montanes in 2 sets
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