Join our expert tennis capper for his WTA Australian Open tournament analysis. Find out the most valuable players to keep an eye as well as the player to fade in Melbourne Park.
Angelique Kerber couldn’t have asked for more on her 2018 debut. The 2016 Australian Open champion won her first title in more than one year at the Sydney International and extended her winning streak this season to nine matches. Known as one of the best defenders in tennis history, the 29-year-old holds an outstanding 90.91% winning record on her last two appearances in Melbourne Park
Taking a look now at Angelique’s draw on this event, the German has been drawn in the same half of Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Johanna Konta and Petra Kvitova. Despite the incredibly tough draw ahead of her, it’s impossible to ignore Angelique’s tremendous success in 2018. Moreover, the German is one of the most experienced players in competition with two Grand Slam titles on her resume. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to add Kerber to your betting picks with a small stake to lift the trophy in Melbourne at +1000 at Intertops.
Player to Fade
Against all expectations, Jelena Ostapenko became not only the youngest player to win Roland Garros since 1997 but also the first unseeded player to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since 1933. Despite her tremendous success in 2017, Ostapenko continues to pursue her first win in 2018. It was not the start that the 20-year-old wanted with back-to-back defeats against Kristyna Pliskova in Shenzhen and Ekaterina Makarova in Sydney.
Ostapenko starts her campaign on Monday against Francesca Schiavone with 5Dimes offering only -909 for the Latvian to win the match. Even though we agree with Jelena’s favoritism, this should be a much closer encounter than the odds suggest with the Over 17.5 at Pinnacle as one of the most valuable plays for this contest. Adding to this, fading Jelena throughout the Australian Open should be a profitable approach due to the Latvian’s inconsistency and lack of success in 2018.
Player to Keep an Eye
Venus Williams made her debut at the Australian Open in 1998. At 37, Williams can surpass Ken Rosewall and become the oldest player, male or female, to win a major in the Open Era. Despite her age, Venus already proved more than once that she’s still one of the greatest players in the game. After her defeat against Serena at the 2017 Australian Open Final, the world No.5 is trying to go a step further this season and win her 8th Grand Slam title.
Venus will face Belinda Bencic in the first round of the Australian Open. The sportsbooks expect a very close encounter with Bencic available at 91/100 at 5Dimes while Pinnacle offers 97/100 for the American to win. Despite Belinda’s brilliant results in recent months, Venus can never be underestimated on the big stages. Adding to this, Williams didn’t drop a single set in all her previous four meetings against the Swiss. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of the value on Venus’ tennis betting odds to secure a place in the following round. On the other hand, placing a small stake on the seven-time Grand Slam champion to lift the trophy at +3300 at William Hill is also an interesting approach for this event.