(1) Caroline Wozniacki vs Karin Knapp
Caroline Wozniacki kicked off her quest for her first title of 2014 with a comprehensive 6-0 6-0 drubbing of Belinda Bencic in just 44 minutes. The Dane’s serve was as potent as ever, she fired down 9 aces and won 78 percent of points on her first serve. Karin Knapp also easily accounted for her first round opponent, defeating local wild card Ipek Soylu 6-2 6-2.
In their only previous encounter which took place in New Haven last year, Carline Wozniacki defeated Karin Knapp 6-1 7-5. We should see a similar result when the two meet on Wednesday night in Istanbul. Wozniacki is clearly determined to do well in Istanbul and was in ominous form on Tuesday. I don’t think Knapp has the game to hit past the consistent Dane.
Prediction: Caroline Wozniacki to defeat Karin Knapp in straight sets
(3) Klara Koukalova vs Kristina Mladenovic
Klara Koukalova and Kristina Mladenovic will do battle on Wednesday for a spot in the quarter-finals in Istanbul. Klara Koukalova survived a stern test from youngster Dona Vekic in the opening round, taking the third set 6-4. Whilst Kristina Mladenovic had a comprehensive 6-4 6-2 victory over Mayr-Achleitner in her opening round match.
This will be the first time these two will come up against each other, it promises to be an interesting clash. Mladenovic has had a pretty disappointing season when considering what she is capable of. Klara has had a typically average season; her best result came in Florianopolis where she claimed her only title of the season thus far.
It is hard to pick a winner in this match but I think Mladenovic will prove too powerful for Klara on this occasion.
Prediction: Kristina Mladenovic to defeat Klara Koukalova in three sets
Other match Predictions:
(7) Bojana Jovanovski to defeat Francesca Schiavone in three sets
(4) Elina Svitolina to defeat Stefanie Voegele in straight sets