Australian Open Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions
January 11, 2018
Australian Open Betting tips
Nothing gets the tennis season started quite like the Australian Open. 2018’s opening Grand Slam kicks off on January 15 and for the first time in a while, the top four aren’t quite firm favourites.
There have been some noticeable withdrawals in both the men’s and women’s singles with Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori, the World No. 24, missing out alongside Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams, the latter not ready to return following the birth of her first baby.
We take a look at the Australian Open favourites…
Last year’s Australian Open winner Roger Federer goes into the Championship as the favourite at 13/8 with most bookies. He’s had a phenomenal year and goes into the tournament looking for his 20th Grand Slam title.
Despite a Semi Final exit in the ATP Finals back in November, he’s looked in great form, lifting the Hoffman Cup in Perth ahead of the Australian Open.
Second favourite Novak Djokovic will return to action for the first time since Wimbledon last summer. He’s played no competitive tennis since, but still lies at 5/1 to win. It’ll be a brave bet for anyone backing the Serb, with it being unsure as to whether his elbow will hold up.
It’s perhaps Nick Kyrgios who could provide Federer with the biggest test however. The Aussie is a really tempting Australian Open free bet at 16/1. He was sensational at the Brisbane International, beating Ryan Harrison in the final and really laying a marker as he bids to win his first Grand Slam title.
Naturally, Rafael Nadal is among the favourites having returned from a knee injury, but again it could be something that makes a difference come the latter stages of the tournament. ATP Finals winner Grigor Dimitrov is also well worth a free bet or two at 10/1 as the 26-year-old continues to make a name for himself in the sport.
Australian Open Men’s Singles Favourites:
Roger Federer – 13/8
Novak Djokovic – 5/1
Rafael Nadal – 5/1
Grigor Dimitrov – 10/1
Alexander Zverev – 10/1
Juan Martin Del Potro – 16/1
Nick Kyrgios – 16/1
David Goffin – 18/1
Stan Wawrinka – 28/1
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – 100/1
With Serena Williams missing from the Australian Open this year, it gives someone else the chance to lift the title.
Simona Halep is the current favourite (8/1) after the World No. 1 won the Shenzhen Open at the beginning of January.
10/1 shot Elina Svitolina picked up the Brisbane International and also goes into the Australian Open among the favourites. Both have yet to win a Grand Slam, with this the perfect opportunity to do it.
Maria Sharapova continues her return to tennis and is quietly going about her business following her drugs ban back I. 2016.
She hasn’t won the tournament since 2008 and the Russian will be one of the highest profile favourites at 11/1.
Former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is at 10/1, while 2016’s winner Angelique Kerber has incredibly tempting odds of 12/1. She’ll be desperate to put a disappointing 2017 behind her and has progressed nicely in the Australian Open warm up games.
Elsewhere, the reigning Wimbledon champion, Garbiñe Muguruza is joint favourite at 8/1 alongside Karolina Pliskova. Both will be hoping for a successful year as they push for the number one spot, and could well be worth a punt, particularly 24-year-old Muguruza.
British No. 1 Johanna Konta started her year fantastically this time last year, putting her name at the forefront of British sport by reaching the last eight. It’s a tournament she enjoys, reaching the semi final in 2016. She’s 20/1 to win it this time round, although has been suffering with injury.
Australian Open Women’s Singles Favourites:
Simona Halep – 8/1
Garbiñe Muguruza – 8/1
Karolina Pliskova – 8/1
Caroline Wozniacki – 10/1
Elina Svitolina – 10/1
Maria Sharapova – 11/1
Angelique Kerber – 12/1
Petra Kvitová – 16/1
Johanna Konta – 20/1
Venus Williams – 22/1
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