It's Day 4 at the Australian Open 2014, and Abelson Info look for potential upsets in the remaining second round matches...
'loved up Caroline Wozniacki could be the next most vulnerable seed. The Dane has faced 21-year-old American star Christina McHale on three previous occasions, with the world number 62 winning two of them.'
While Serena Williams continues to breeze through her opening rounds, both Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova will look to respond when they take to the court on Day 4. Both had relatively testing opening encounters on Tuesday, with the Belarusian second seed even facing a tie-breaker in her opening set of the tournament.
Nevertheless, both advanced without dropping a set, and they will look to continue that trend in their next matches with Azarenka facing Barbara Zahlavova Strycova while Sharapova takes on Karin Knapp. Neither will expect to encounter too many problems as they ultimately work towards tougher tests ahead, and fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska will be eyeing a place in the next round too.
Pre-tournament tip and consistency personified, Jelena Jankovic, faces a potentially tricky clash against Ayumi Morita, but the Serbian ace should have enough to see off her challenge.
However, there is value to be had elsewhere as Italian youngster Camila Giorgi will look to claim the scalp of a seed in the form of Alize Cornet. The fiery Frenchwoman played just one game before her opponent retired in the first round, while in contrast Giorgi was put through her paces in a three-set battle with Australian starlet Storm Sanders. Coupled with the fact that Giorgi appears to relish the big tournament atmosphere and is continuing her ascent of the world rankings, she should fancy her chances of making it through or making it a competitive clash at the very least. Cornet's temperament has been called into question previously, and considering the heat in Melbourne, she may be forced into an uncomfortable day's work against her younger opponent.
In-form Spanish youngster Garbine Muguruza is also one to keep an eye on as she carried her good form from Hobart, where she won her maiden WTA title, into the first round. Having defeated 24th seed Kaia Kanepi last time out she faces Anna Schmiedlova for a place in the third round, and will look to maintain the momentum that she has built up over the past fortnight with another victory.
Elsewhere, Sloane Stephens will be confident of progressing and moving a step closer to a showdown with Azarenka as she takes on Ajla Tomljanovic. The American star made short work of her opponent in their only previous meeting, dropping just one game en route to victory. Look for a similar result here as these two young stars face off again.
However, with the likes of Kvitova, Errani and Lisicki all making early exits from the tournament, loved up Caroline Wozniacki could be the next most vulnerable seed. The Dane has faced 21-year-old American star Christina McHale on three previous occasions, with the world number 62 winning two of them. While their most recent meeting was back in 2012 on the grass in Eastbourne, McHale has proven she can cause Wozniacki a problem or two and so the games market is also worth consideration.
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