The 2019 Australian Open Tennis tournament is just around the corner and this years Women’s line-up looks very open with plenty of value on offer for punters. We preview the main players in this years edition of the Aus Open and we give our Tips, Best Bets and Value Bets.
Best Bet – Serena Williams
- Odds: $5.00
- Australian Open Results: 2001, 2003, 2009, 2010 Champion
- 2018 Result: DNP
On one hand you could argue there’s nothing left for Serena Williams to accomplish on the court, but there is one item left un-ticked on her bucket list. A win in this year’s Open would equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles, and after flirting with the milestone both at the US Open and at Wimbledon last year, the 37-year-old is on the brink of history.
Form wise Williams still has a lot of time to make up for having played in only two majors since maternity leave in 2017. She famously bowed out of the US Open in controversial circumstances, but you can’t knock her play in last week’s Hopman Cup, winning all three of her singles matches convincingly. Still ranked No.16 in the world, Williams will be keen to claw her way into the Top 10 in her first rankings match since last September.
Best Value – Angelique Kerber
- Odds: $9.00
- Australian Open Results: 2016 Champion
- 2018 Result: Lost in Semi-Finals (Simona Halep)
There’s plenty of quality in the women’s field, but perhaps no one has the resiliency of Angelique Kerber. The German bounced back from a horror 2017 season to win Wimbledon last year in a convincing performance against Serena Williams. A strong end to the season has the 31-year-old ranked 2nd in the rankings, but in more important news, a potential rematch of last year’s Semi-Final against Simona Halep won’t happen unless the two reach the Final this year.
Kerber finds herself on the opposite side of the draw with Halep still ranked No.1. The Romanian is also returning from injury and a loss to Ash Barty in the Sydney International last week, giving Kerber every chance if the two are to tango again this year.
Speaking of Sydney, Kerber is through to the quarter-final as of this writing, also on the back of an undefeated singles campaign in the Hopman Cup. That kind of form stacks up for a deep run into this year’s finals.
Best Roughie – Ash Barty
- Odds: $26.00
- Australian Open History: Lost in Third Round (2017, 2018)
- 2018 Result: Lost in Third Round (Naomi Osaka)
There’s a bit of hype surrounding the Aussie after taking down World No.1 Simona Halep in Sydney last week. Barty, Australia’s top ranked player entering this year’s Open, also has plenty of tennis under her belt after winning 10 of her last 12 matches.
A push for the Top 10 in the rankings would be nice, but so would a deep run in a Major – something we’re yet to see. So far Barty’s best result is the Quarter-Finals in the 2014 US Open, but the 22-year-old Queenslander is drawing plenty of respect from elite tennis folk as she challenges the best in the world. With her confidence sky-high as well as her fitness, this is perhaps the most confident we’ve felt in an Aussie in recent years.