Olympics Betting: Tennis Day Five Preview
Lisicki has the power game to match it with Sharapova from the back of the court and Maria's serve can go off the boil at times.
Going into the third round of matches, with plenty of interesting clashes ahead it's the womens draw that has Peter Marcato's attention the most.
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) V 8-Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
There's a potential for an upset in this one. Hantuchova flies under the radar in tournaments these days, despite having plenty of big match experience. This is a good opportunity for the player from the Slovakia to grab a win. Wozniacki is coming back into form, meaning she'll make more errors but also hit more winners, and it's a matter of whether Hantuchova can take advantage when Woznicki's game drops slightly: she'll need to be up near her serving percentages from her previous match to have a chance.
15-Sabine Lisicki (GER) V 3-Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Another matchup between the pair, with Lisicki winning their match at Wimbledon in straight sets. Sharapova will have learned from that experience and will be looking to extract some revenge. Lisicki has the power game to match it with Sharapova from the back of the court and Maria's serve can go off the boil at times.
14-Maria Kirilenko (RUS) V Julie Goerges (GER)
I have written off Goerges a couple of times in this event and still she still continues to grab the win. I think her run will end here though. Kirilenko is another player just quietly going about her business but can trouble the big players in the world. She has a 2 and 0 record over the German and Goerges will need to lift her first serve % to get up.
10-John Isner (USA) V 7-Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
This match will be about the serve - whether Isner can consistently hold serve, which then puts pressure on the Serbian, who's having a great season. I think Isner can be solid on serve and will throw in the serve volley as well. Tipsarevic will need to be rock solid from the back of the court and keep Isner pinned behind the baseline.
5-Jo Wilfred Tsonga (FRA) V Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
It was a marathon match from the Frenchman, 25-23 in the third set against Raonic. Will there be fatigue issues against Lopez: who has an easier time of it? I think there will be, particularly early on, but Tsonga has plenty of big match experience and knows how to play the big tournaments well. Lopez also has big match experience but will need to return serve exceptionally well to win.