WTA Australian Open - Best Plays For Semifinals

Tennis player Serena Williams

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 3:18 PM GMT

Join us on our daily coverage of the WTA Australian Open. Find out our top tennis picks for the Semifinals and why you should place these two valuable tennis picks.

[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/34IU54_O7qA", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]Coco Vandeweghe vs. Venus Williams (13)

At the age of 36, Venus Williams became the oldest player to reach the Australian Open semi-finals after a 6 – 4 7 – 6 win over the 24th seeded – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Looking now at Venus campaign on this event, the American reaches this stage of the competition without dropping a single set. Known for her offensive game style, Williams ended the match against Pavlyuchenkova with outstanding numbers – 35 winners / 29 unforced errors and winning 81.25% of the points played at the net.

Coco Vandeweghe is for the first time in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam event after an astonishing performance against Garbine Muguruza. After defeating the world no.1 – Angelique Kerber – in the 4th round, Vandeweghe dismissed Muguruza in two easy sets by 6 – 4 6 – 0. Coco was close to perfection in the previous match with 31 winners and only 20 unforced errors. Even though Vandeweghe is famous for her powerful serve, the American ended the match with impressive numbers on return to serve, winning 51.47% of the points played on Muguruza’s serve.

This will be the 2nd career meeting between these two players with Venus winning their previous encounter on Rome’s clay last season by 6 – 4 6 – 3.

One thing is certain: we’ll have an American in the 2017 Australian Open final. Even though Venus’ serve is not as impressive as it was, her return to serve continues to be one of the most impressive in the game. It won’t be easy for Vandeweghe to maintain such a high level, especially in the biggest match of her career. With this in mind, we recommend you to take advantage of Williams’ betting odds by placing a bet on her set handicap.

 Free Tennis Pick: Venus Williams +1.5 Set Handicap (-161)Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs. Serena Williams

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni’s dream run continues with the Croatian booking a place in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time since 1999. After defeating Agnieszka Radwanska in the 2nd round, Mirjana surprised another top 10 player in Melbourne – Karolina Pliskova. Despite facing one of the best servers on the WTA Tour, Mirjana won 52.38% of the points played on Karolina’s serve. Besides this, the Croatian was absolutely superb with her forehand – firing 23 winners and only 15 unforced errors with that shot.

With one of her best performances in recent years, Serena Williams ended Johanna Konta’s winning streak in two easy sets after just 75 minutes on the court. Despite ending the match with only 44.83% first serves in, Serena fired 10 aces and won 88.46% of the points played with her first serve. Adding to her solid stats on serve, Williams broke Konta four times throughout the match. Serena is for the 30th time in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam event with the American holding an outstanding 25 – 4 record in her previous 29 appearances.

Despite her remarkable performance in the semi-finals, it won’t be easy for Lucic-Baroni to maintain such a high level, especially due to her physical problems with the Croatian struggling with a leg injury. On the other hand, Serena is playing at a superb level and extremely determined in claiming her 23rd Grand Slam trophy. Therefore, our suggestion is for you to add Williams to your betting picks in a match where we expect an easy win from the American.

 

Free Tennis Pick: Serena Williams -6 (-110)Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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