After analyzing the men’s competition, we’ll focus now on the women’s tournament. On this article, we’ll examine the betting odds of the five major favorites for the title on WTA Australian Open.
Serena Williams +200 at Bet365
Serena Williams failed to complete a calendar Grand Slam, also known as Golden Slam, after a disappointing loss against Roberta Vinci, but she’s once again the big favorite for the trophy at Australian Open. The loss with Vinci was extremely tough for Serena, with the world no.1 deciding to take the rest of the season off.
There are no doubts that Serena can grab the title, however she might struggle to find the best motivation after such a tough loss last year. The price on Serena is not enough at the time; our advice is to wait for the first matches in 2016 in order to assess the North-American’s motivation.
Victoria Azarenka +700 at Bet365
It was far from an easy season for Victoria Azarenka, with several physical problems affecting the former world no. 1 and two times Australian Open champion. Azarenka ended the season with a retirement at Wuhan due to a thigh injury. After that retirement, the Belarussian said that her biggest goal is to reach 2016 100% fit, on a consistent basis.
If Azarenka can recover from those physical issues, she’s a very tough opponent and has good chances to win the title. Her remarkable counter punching skills are always a good weapon against Serena. Before placing any bet, it’s important to see Azarenka’s physical condition, but her tennis betting odds seem quite interesting.
Maria Sharapova +800 at William Hill
After losing in the decisive match against Serena in 2015, Maria Sharapova will try to claim her second Australian Open title. The Russian also struggled with physical problems last year, missing US Open, but ended the season at very good level.
Maria is always a contender to keep an eye on, but mentally she doesn’t seem to find a way to overcome Serena. If Maria is on Serena’s half, there is no value on her price and for that reason we suggest to wait for the draw.
Simona Halep +800 at William Hill
The world no. 2 is still looking for her first major trophy after being runner-up at Roland Garros in 2014. Simona’s favorite surface is Hard Court where her tremendous ball striking skills are more effective. The Romanian had a great 2015 on this surface, with 83.33% winning record, three titles and two lost finals.
Halep is a terrific player, but she hasn’t been able to produce her best tennis on Grand Slams. Her mindset isn’t the best and her press conference after last year’s loss against Ekaterina Makarova is a good example of that. After that loss on quarterfinals, the Romanian showed a profound lack of ambition, saying that she was already happy for reaching that stage. Halep has tennis to fight for the title, but to win a Grand Slam is necessary to be very strong mentally and Simona hasn’t showed so far the required mindset.
Garbine Muguruza +1400 at William Hill
Garbine Muguruza had a terrific 2015 season, ending the year as world no.3 and reaching her first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon. Garbine’s powerful groundstrokes are her main weapon and she’s able to overpower almost everyone on tour. The main difficulty for Garbine is to keep a consistent game level, but the Spaniard performs at her best in big stages.
The price on Muguruza for the title is very interesting and we suggest adding the Spaniard to your betting picks on this event.
These are our five top contenders for the title and for now, the only player with value is Muguruza. We advise to wait for the first matches of the year, in order to assess the other player’s level before placing any bet.
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