Free tips Tennis Betting: Australian Open Preview, Tips & Predictions
Australian Open Betting Preview & Predictions
Grigor Dimitrov and Simona Halep could be the value bets at Australian Open tennis
Australian Open Betting Tips:
Australian Open Men’s Winner: Grigor Dimitrov @ 10/1 with Sunbets
Australian Open Women’s Winner: Simona Halep @ 9/1 with Coral
This year’s Australian Open tennis could be one of the most fascinating Grand Slam events, with there being a definite sense that change is in the air at the top of the game.
Any Australian Open betting tips this year are complicated by the fact that a number of top players in both the men’s and women’s events will either be absent or have doubts surrounding their fitness going into the tournament.
Andy Murray was an early withdrawal from the men’s event as he struggles to recover from his ongoing hip injury, whilst six-time Novak Djokovic remains a doubt with the longstanding elbow injury that forced him to pull out of recent events in Abu Dhabi and Qatar.
In addition, Kei Nishikori, a three-time quarter-finalist in Melbourne, will definitely miss the Australian Open with a wrist injury and there are also doubts as to whether world number one (and 2009 champion) Rafael Nadal (continuing problems with a sore knee) and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka (who had left knee surgery last year) will be fit to participate.
Theoretically it could leave the way clear for defending champion Roger Federer to equal Djokovic’s record of six Open Era titles and the Swiss legend is now the clear favourite in the Australian Open betting.
However, Federer is now 36-years old and there must be doubts as to whether he is worth the risk of backing at odds of 2-1 or less in the Australian Open betting.
Perhaps this could be the year of ‘Baby Fed’, as Grigor Dimitrov was once known on account of his similar style of play to the man with 19 Grand Slam singles titles to his name. The 26 year old Bulgarian was a semi-finalist at last year’s Australian Open and won the 2017 ATP Finals in the season-ending championships.
The women’s event is perhaps even more wide open following the withdrawal of Serena Williams. The reigning Australian Open champion doesn’t yet feel able to perform at her best after giving birth in September and her absence leaves no clear favourite in the Australian Open odds for the women’s event.
World number one and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza was struck by leg cramps which forced her to retire from the recent Brisbane International event – the fourth consecutive year she has withdrawn from it. On all three previous occasion she has gone on to compete at the Australian Open, but it’s hardly ideal preparation.
Two-time champion in 2012 and 2013, Victoria Azarenka is set to miss out on a second straight Grand Slam event due to an ongoing legal battle surrounding the custody of her son, whilst US Open champion Sloane Stephens is also uncertain if she’ll be ready for Aussie Open after withdrawing from Brisbane for knee rehab. British number one Johanna Konta is suffering with a long-standing hip issue that forced her to pull out of her Brisbane quarter-final.
It could leave the way open for Simona Halep to secure that elusive first Grand Slam title. Halep’s record at Melbourne Park isn’t great, with her last win coming in the fourth round in 2015, since when she has suffered back-to-back first-round exits. However, she returns as the top seed and had a solid start to the season in Shenzhen.
The Australian Open 2018 at Melbourne Park begins on Monday 15th January and runs through until Sunday 28th January with UK tv coverage on Eurosport.
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