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Roger Federer and Garbine Muguruza Favorites at the Australian OpenPublished January 14, 2018 by Florin P
The Australian Open starts on January 15th with some of the perennial favorites either missing or trying to shake off nagging injuries.
This year the Australian Open will be without some of its brightest stars in both the men’s and women’s competitions. Andy Murray is missing after his hip surgery and the Scotsman is not expected to return to the ATP circuit in the next couple of months. Meanwhile, Serena Williams decided not to participate in the first Grand Slam tournament of 2018 after giving birth in September. Even without these top players in Melbourne, the competition has plenty to offer to tennis fans as well as punters.
Garbine Muguruza Tries to Fend Off Challengers
Garbine Muguruza is the only one of the top four favorites to have won a grand slam tournament in her career. She is once again credited with the first chance by most bookmakers, yet the differences in odds are negligible. 888 Sports went a step further and gave equal odds of 7/1 to both Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova. The player from the Czech Republic has played a Grand Slam final before, but she is hungry for an important trophy and this looks like the perfect opportunity to get it.
Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina had an impressive run at the Roland Garros in 2017, with the Romanian eliminating the Ukrainian in the quarterfinals. She ended up losing the grand final against Jelena Ostapenko and is poised to do better at the Australian Open this year. Halep has finished the previous season as the world’s number one, but is still chasing her first grand slam victory. Svitolina on the other hand is in superb form and 10bet Sportsbook gives her odds of 9/1 and prices Halep at 8/1.
An Open Door for Past Winners
Angelique Kerber stunned the world of tennis in 2016 when she defeated Serena Williams. Last year however was mediocre for the German tennis player and she hopes to recapture her lost glory in 2018. She is given odds of 12/1, which is pretty good value given her past performance at Melbourne, especially now that Serena Williams is missing.
Players willing to bet on Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniaki to win the Australian Open can expect odds of 10/1 from 10bet Sportsbook. Both of them started the year strong but were unable to win the opening tournaments and hope for better results at the Grand Slam. Among the underdogs, it is worth mentioning Venus Williams who played the final last year and Sloane Stephens, the US Open Champion.
Federer Emerges as Main Favorite
Past winners are once again in the spotlight as the Men’s Australian Open is about to start, but Roger Federer is the clear favorite. The Swiss veteran has won three grand slam tournaments in 2017 and both 10bet Sportsbook and 888 Sports price him at 7/4 to defend his trophy. Last year’s finalist Rafael Nadal is surely going to give him a run for his money, especially now that they occupy the first two positions.
Djokovic will also seek another victory in Melbourne, but his fitness is still in doubt. Odds of 5/1 used to be pure gold on the Serbian champion, but in 2018 they look like insufficient value. Under the hot Australian sun there’s a strong possibility that his game will suffer as the tournament reaches its final stages. Punters who plan to bet on the outright winner will also contemplate the possibility of retirement.
All Eyes on Dimitrov and Zverev
888 Sports offers identical odds of 9/1 on each player to win the Australian open and for good reason. The Bulgarian has won the ATP Champions Trophy in November and his performance last year on the Melbourne arenas was impressive. He was eliminated after a marathon semifinal against Rafael Nadal, but is in superb form and could do even better this year.
Zverev is the most promising of all young players and the only thing that the German lacks is composure. Punters should know that the biggest risks of backing him to lift the trophy is to suffer an untimely elimination against a significantly weaker opponent. That’s why this is one of the few cases where it is worth waiting until the end of the first week to bet on Alexander, instead of before kickoff.