Australian Open women’s betting preview

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Serena Williams continues to be the star name in women’s professional tennis, with the American having enjoyed a glittering career which has seen the 35-year-old having claimed 22 Grand Slam singles titles and she’s favourite to make this 23 at Melbourne Park.

Williams is going to be a tough competitor and Ladbrokes offer 3.50 (5/2) that Serena regains the title that she won in 2015, with the American having lost in the final to Angelique Kerber last year.

Indeed, Kerber has emerged as Williams’ main rival at this point in time, with the German claiming a three sets victory in the Australian Open final in 2016 and perhaps she represents the best value at odds of 4.50 (7/2) with William Hill .

It’s abundantly clear that the 28-year-old is hitting the peak of her powers and it’s also obvious that she much prefers the hard court surface found at Melbourne and Flushing Meadow rather than the grass at Wimbledon or the clay at Roland Garros.

It was quite remarkable that saw Kerber produce vast improvement in her breakthrough year of 2016. Previously to her Australian Open victory, she had made it no further than the fourth round, while last year’s US Open win was preceded by a string of third and fourth round exits.

There’s a big gap in the betting after the “Big Two”, with Garbine Muguruza the seventh seed and available at odds of 11.00 (10/1) Ladbrokes . The Spaniard won the 2016 French Open although it’s a tall order to see her win a maiden Australian Open title considering the fourth round has been her pinnacle thus far.

Agnieszka Radwańska could be a more worthy competitor and the Pole has reached the semi-final stage in two of the past three renewals, with bet365 offering 26.00 (25/1) about her triumphing.

However, a weak serve might let her down and Karolina Pliskova might have the capacity to go further, with the Czech an up and coming star who reached the US Open final last year and the 24-year-old might be about to enjoy a breakthrough year.

Pliskova has been backed leading up to this tournament, with bet365 offering 9.00 (8/1) about her claiming a first Grand Slam title although she might need to beat both Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber to win.

Simona Halep is a 13.00 (12/1) chance with Ladbrokes and has made it to the last eight stage of the Australian Open on two of the past three occasions although we will stick with Kerber to deliver the goods at big odds.



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