USO Day 1 Picks and What to Watch

by @TWMasterAce
Monday, 26 August, marks the beginning of the 2013 edition of the United States Open. There are 32 matches scheduled from the top half of the women’s draw. Spin will be doing her daily picks for those who play Suicide Pool. For those who don’t and would like to see some fun women’s matches, or maybe just pay attention to a player that you have never heard of before, or might like to say I saw Jane Brown before she became famous, Master Ace will be picking 3 matches to watch and telling you why you should pay attention to those matches. From time to time we might throw in a veteran or two and both Spin and Patrick will try to watch as many matches as we can just so we can provide useful match analysis.
So, without further ado, below are Ace’s matches to watch:

Kirsten Flipkens vs Venus Williams – These ladies can not avoid each other in the draw. Flipkens has played well in the last year capped off by a semifinal appearance at Wimbledon. V Williams is a 2 time champion but has not played well lately. Flipkens won their last meeting but V Williams is looking for some Open Magic for the next two weeks.
Jelena Jankovic vs Madison Keys – This could be a tight affair. Jankovic played well at Cincinnati and is looking to continue her momentum while Keys wants to have another solid Slam resuls. However, Keys has been slowed down by injury which caused her to withdraw from both Toronto and Cincinnati qualifying.
Karolina Pliskova vs Eugenie Bouchard – Pliskova won her maiden title at Kuala Lumpur and made the Top 100 in the process but has been struggling lately. Bouchard has had a solid summer having a solid result in Toronto and took S Williams to three sets in Cincinnati. Bouchard has a chance to make it to week two.

Spin’s Picks – Spin’s pick is in red

Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Francesca Schiavone (ITA) – no 1st round loss at the USO
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) v Monica Niculescu (ROU) – on form only 
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) v Olga Puchkova (RUS) – what is Yaro’s form these days?
P.Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) v Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) [29]  – title in DC
Jamie Hampton (USA) [23] v Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) -not played much but home court 
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v A.Medina Garrigues (ESP) – does poorly at Slams
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) v Urszula Radwanska (POL) on form alone
Mandy Minella (LUX) v Sloane Stephens (USA) [15] – on form alone 

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) [12] v Venus Williams (USA) – sentimental pick 
Kiki Bertens (NED) v Jie Zheng (CHN) on form alone
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) v Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)  – better athlete
Lauren Davis (USA) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [18] – on form alone 
Kaia Kanepi (EST) [25] v Vania King (USA) – on form alone 
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) v Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) – form 
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) – battle of the young uns
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) v Angelique Kerber (GER) [8] just because she is a seed

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [3] v Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) nothing to hurt this top seed 
M.Torro-Flor (ESP) v Marina Erakovic (NZL) playing really great tennis 
E.Cabeza Candela (ESP) v Ashleigh Barty (AUS) very talented youngster
Virginie Razzano (FRA) v A.Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [32] made quarters in New Haven
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [24] v Polona Hercog (SLO) made quarters in New Haven
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) v Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) home court advantage 
Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 2nd retirement in sight 
Vera Dushevina (RUS) v Sabine Lisicki (GER) [16] on form alone 

Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [9] v Madison Keys (USA) on form alone + Keys injury 
Monica Puig (PUR) v Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) on her way back, due for a big win 
Kurumi Nara (JPN) v Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) pick em 
Sharon Fichman (CAN) v Sorana Cirstea (ROU) [19] on form alone. Made  Toronto final
Laura Robson (GBR) [30] v Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) how is that wrist Ms. Robson
Caroline Garcia (FRA) v Shelby Rogers (USA) a real pick em. Garcia has been up and down 
Petra Cetkovska (CZE) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) nothing since Wimby but loves the big stage
Olga Govortsova (BLR) v Na Li (CHN) [5] – could be a tough one but top seed should go through

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