Australian Open Women’s Singles Betting Tips & Preview – 15th to 27th January 2018

The Australian Open is a chance for the world’s best tennis players to send out a message to their competitors. By going on a run deep into the second week or even winning the tournament, the women competing in Melbourne over coming fortnight have a chance to set their stalls out for a successful 2018.

In years gone by, that task has been made tougher by the presence of a clear favourite for the title. That couldn’t be further from the case for this year’s tournament with several leading contenders. Bookies, punters and pundits alike are struggling to form a consensus on who to back so expect drama and more than a few surprise results.

Tips and Predictions

The women’s Australian Open may be tough to call but look on the bright side, there’s some excellent value available on some world class players. Case in point, 2016 champion, Angelique Kerber can be backed at 11/1 with BetVictor.

Pessimists will point to Kerber’s form in 2017. Yes, she did have a horrible year when compared to the year before where she won two Grand Slams and reached number one in the world, but with new coach Wim Fissette on board, Kerber has already started putting last year behind her. She was impressive at the Hopman Cup and in Sydney in the lead up to the Australian Open could well look overpriced very quickly indeed.

Due to Andy Murray’s absence, British hopes in Australia will be spearheaded by Johanna Konta. The British number one had a real breakthrough year in 2017 and with her own new coaching set up, she’s confident of yet more improvement in 2018. Konta reached the semi finals in Melbourne in 2016 and having spent a lot of her childhood in Australia, she’s better placed to deal with the harsh sun than many. With Konta’s powerful ground strokes and excellent defence, she has a genuine chance at odds of 25/1 with Betfair.

Tournament Info

  • As open a field as ever - The list of players capable of winning in the women’s draw could conceivably be as high as 20
  • No defending champion - Serena Williams looked as though she would return from maternity leave in Melbourne but has subsequently decided she’s not yet at ready to compete in a Grand Slam
  • A new number one? - World number one, Simona Halep, can be overtaken by five challengers depending how results pan out
  • Tricky conditions - Hot weather, fast courts and late nights make the Australian Open as physically demanding as any tennis tournament

Other Bets and Odds

At 26, CoCo Vandeweghe should be coming into her prime as a tennis player. The American has displayed glimpses of her tremendous talent but has only rarely put it together for long periods. Things are starting to change in that regard as Vandeweghe continues to put in good work with her coach, Pat Cash. If she continues improving, Grand Slam success could be just around the corner and the 28/1 that Coral are quoting looks a tempting enough price on that success coming at the Australian Open.

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