2017 Australian Open Betting Preview & Tips

January 15, 2017 by Posted in Betting Tips

2017 Australian Open

The 2017 Australia Open knocking on our door and we are happy to provide our betting preview for the first Grand Slam of the year.

2017 Australian Open – Men’s Preview

Defending Champion Novak Djokovic may have lost his world number one throne, but will that make him a sitting duck? You can never ride Djokovic off in Melbourne considering he loves this tournament with six Australian Open titles in total. He does open against Fernando Verdasco – a tough opponent on these courts – and is in line to face Grigor Dimitrov in the third round, but will that be enough to give him nightmares? Doubtful. He is perhaps a little bit short in the odds department, but backing him to be a semi-finalist looks almost a certainty.

It’s a credit to Andy Murray’s consistency that he’s toppled Djokovic to the number one ranking. He does have a great record here reaching the finals five times – although he lost all of them and four of those to Djokovic. But the Murray coming this year is a different one and should be a top bet to win the title. Sam Querrey and Kei Nishikori loom as potential threats in his draw, but the Scot is good enough to be your top bet.

One man who’s low on the rankings, thanks to an injury break, is the evergreen Roger Federer. The 17th seed and four-time Champion is in the same draw as Murray, but his lack of form heading into the tournament puts him at a disadvantage. If he can get into the quarters, it would be a huge bonus for him.

Chase Ace 2017 Australian Open

Away from all the limelight is the trio of Stanislas Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic. Wawrinka is a silent performer and could be your dark horse to reach the semis; Tsonga is one of those who can thrill on a given day, but can he do it consistently? Raonic is a much-improved player over the last one year. He has a tricky draw to contend, but the Canadian third seed has the potential to reach the semi-finals.

The Aussie attention will of course be fixed on the bad boy Nick Kyrgios who is lined up in the same quarter as Wawrinka. Keep an eye on Bernard Tomic, although neither of them look good enough to go beyond quarters at best.

– Tip: Andy Murray to reach the final – $1.75 at CrownBet
– Tip: Milos Raonic Stage of Elimination – Semi-Finals – $3.50 at CrownBet

2017 Australian Open – Women’s Preview

Will it be the usual suspects on the women’s side of the Australian Open, or will a dark horse reveal herself?

Angelique Kerber was the story of 2016 as she rode on a wave of consistency to reach the top of rankings. She’s a defending champion here and the German would be eager to stamp her authority as part of the changing waves in Women’s tennis. She didn’t have a great start to her preparations, but bank on her to channel the spirit of Grand Slams once the action starts. Garbine Muguruza is a potential threat in her quarter, but Kerber looks like a real threat to reach the final.

No matter what you say of her form, Serena Williams is the story to discuss in any Grand Slam. Serena looked a pale shadow of herself in the first event at Auckland, but she will switch on her best form once she sets foot in Melbourne. She opens against Belinda Bencic – a very difficult match – and even Dominika Cibulkova looms as a potential threat. However, you can never write Serena off, so placing a wager on her to reach the final wouldn’t be the worst bet.

Below the the two top seeds are the usual suspects Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska. Halep doesn’t have happy memories at Melbourne, having crashed out in the opening round three times in the past five years. And if she can manage to cross that hurdle, the Romanian could reach the quarter-finals. Radwanska is a semi-finalist last year and would be eager to take it a step ahead this year. She is a favorite to reach the quarters – looking at the draw – but anything beyond will depend on her bringing her A-game to the court.

The local hopes would be on the veteran 18th seed Sam Stosur who – if things go as per draw – will face Radwanska in the fourth round. Another player who can be a dark horse is the Czech youngster Karolina Pliskova. She’s in great form and if you are aggressive, look at backing her to reach the quarters. Another Australian to keep an eye would be Daria Gavrilova but she may not reach beyond fourth-round.

Whatever happens, this year’s Australia Open will set the scene for how the season will pan out this year. Is there a baton-change in store with Kerber usurping Serena for good?

– Tip: Angelique Kerber to reach the final – $2.25 at CrownBet
– Tip: Simona Halep Stage of Elimination – Quarter Finals – $3.50 at CrownBet

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