Australian Open Tennis 2019 Betting and Odds Preview

australian openWhile January is a quieter month in terms of top sporting events, we can always look to tennis for a lift. The first Grand Slam event of 2019 gets underway with the Australian Open starting off on Monday January 14.

2018 was another year when injuries blighted both men’s and women’s tennis but we look to have a strong field for both singles competitions at the start of a New Year. With that in mind, let’s get straight on and consider the runners and riders to see if we can pick some winners down in Melbourne.

Mens Favourite

After spending an extended period away from the court, Novak Djokovic made a successful return in 2018 and the Serb is favourite for the Australian Men’s Singles at 5/4 with Betway. Djokovic ended the year by winning both the US Open and Wimbledon and he retained his number one ranking in November.

In terms of this event, the player sat out the Australian Open last year but he has won six singles titles in Melbourne, the last of which came in 2016.

Chasing Pack

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Novak Djokovic

The second favourite in the ante post betting is Roger Federer who is available at best odds of 11/2 with 888Sport and Unibet.The Swiss veteran is our defending champion, having completed his second victory in succession, and sixth overall, back in 2018.

Federer was the man to really take advantage of the absence of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray but in a stronger field, can he continue to be competitive at the age of 37?

Behind the second favourite the market starts to move out until we come to Rafael Nadal at a best of 8/1 with BetFred, just ahead of Alexander Zverev at a top price of 9/1 with Betway. We know that Nadal is the French Open specialist and he has just one success in the Australian Open which came back in 2009.

German international Zverev is among a clutch of players looking to break the dominance of the big four but he’s made few inroads yet and his best finishes in Melbourne came with third round exits in 2017 and 2018.

Outside Punts

Beyond the top four names we move into outsider territory with Marin Cilic who can be claimed at 25/1 with William Hill and 888Sport. Kei Nishikori follows at best odds of 33/1 with 10Bet and SportingBet while Karen Khachanov is available at that same top price of 33/1 – this time with Royal Panda.

Following on are a clutch of players who are all on offer at the same best odds of 40/1 with Unibet and 888Sport. The men in question are Andy Murray, Nick Kyrgios and former Australian Open Champion Stan Wawrinka.

From that list, there may well be some interest in Murray as a multiple Grand Slam winner but unlike Novak Djokovic, the Scot has yet to return to his best following a long term injury.

There are other options but we’ve probably already mentioned this year’s Australian Open men’s champion so we’ll switch now to the women’s singles before considering our verdict.

Women’s Favourite

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Serena Williams

Serena Williams also made a successful return to professional tennis in 2018 and she starts as favourite to claim the women’s singles title at best odds of 9/2 with Ladbrokes and Coral. She has won this tournament on no fewer than seven previous occasions, including her last visit to Melbourne in 2017 so is an obvious favourite.

Behind Williams, there is a host of challengers, led by Angelique Kerber at 9/1 with most bookmakers including SportingBet and 188Bet. Moving back, the market remains tight with three players available at the same top price of 12/1. They start with Naomi Osaka at that 12/1 figure with BetFred, followed by Simona Halep and Aryna Sabalenka who are both available with Ladbrokes and Coral.

Also in this chasing pack are Elina Svitolina at best odds of 14/1 with BetFred and Sloane Stephens at a top price of 14/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral. Of that bunch, there should certainly be some interest in Simona Halep who was runner up here last year and should be adding to her tally of titles in 2019. Sloane Stephens is also one to watch, having claimed the US Open trophy in 2017 before following that up with an appearance in the French Open final last year.

Outsider Options

Caroline Wozniacki is our defending champion this year and the Swiss carries some mixed prices in the markets for 2019. She’s as short as 12/1 in places but with Unibet and 888Sport, you can pick up the 2018 Australian Open champion at an industry best of 30/1.

At a top price of 33/1 with SportingBet and 188Bet, Ashleigh Barty will get some support from the home crowd while other interesting prices among the outside bunch include Victoria Azarenka at 33/1 with William Hill and Sport Pesa, Madison Keys at 40/1 with Unibet and 888Sport, plus Maria Sharapova at the same 40/1 with Unibet and 888Sport once again.

Verdict

Starting with the men’s section and the ominous way in which Novak Djokovic returned to the court suggests another period of domination. It could be argued that the ‘big four’ is now reduced to just three with the injury concerns over Andy Murray and with Rafa Nadal underperforming in this event, it could be a straight fight between Djokovic and Roger Federer.

At 37, many are waiting for Federer’s performances to drop off but there’s no sign of a dip in form just yet. However, it’s so tough to see past the Serb and at an odds against price, there is a small profit to be had for backers of Novak Djokovic.

We think that the women’s section will be far more open so there could be some value in this bet. It’s no surprise to see Serena Williams at the top of the pile but her return to the court in 2018 was a ‘stop-start’ affair and she’s seeking some momentum at the start of a new year.

Wins in women’s Grand Slams seem to be more spread around but one player who should be sealing more titles in 2019 is Simona Halep. The Romanian lost narrowly to Caroline Wozniacki in 2018 and should have really gone one better but she did go on to claim the French Open later in the year and that should be a sign of better things to come.

You could aim to hedge a little by taking an Each Way bet on Halep but if, like us, you feel that the bet on Djokovic in the men’s is a safe one, you can be braver and take a small wager on the Romanian for the outright win.

Best Bets for Australian Open Tennis 2019:

  • Novak Djokovic to win the men’s singles at 5/4 with Betway
  • Simona Halep to win the women’s singles at 12/1 with Ladbrokes
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