Serena Williams is the favourite to win the 2019 Australian Open as the women’s tennis season kicks into gear with the first major tournament of the year down under.
The younger Williams sister usually starts any tournament she enters as the top name in the odds provided by the best bookmakers, but it remains tricky to back her as performance levels have been mixed.
Best Australian Open Betting Sites for 2019
Since giving birth – after which Williams had to recover from a serious illness – the American has been even more choosy about her events, so it is difficult to assess her form and her chances.
If she performs at her best then a price of around the 5/1 mark may prove to be a whopping bargain, but there are a lot of other contenders hoping to come out on top at Melbourne Park.
Among them is the top seed Simona Halep, beaten in the final here a year ago but having finally ended her long wait for the first grand slam title of her career. Halep is offered at about 25/1 after being given a very difficult draw – she could face Serena in the fourth round of the event.
Close behind Serena in the betting are players such as Angelique Kerber, Aryna Sabalenka, Elina Svitolina and Naomi Osaka, who beat Williams in an extraordinary US Open final last year. But where is the best value to be found in the betting odds for the Australian Open? Read on for all the details.
2019 Australian Open Women’s Odds
Fitness a Concern for 2018 Champion Wozniacki
Among the leading contenders, many pundits may be tempted by Caroline Wozniacki with the Dane looking to win the tournament for the second year in a row.
But like many of the more talented players in the field, it is questionable whether or not she is fit enough to find her best form over the course of the next two weeks of play in Melbourne.
Odds of 22/1 with some bookies look very large considering the fact Wozniacki is a proven winner now, but the draw has pitted her into a potential third-round clash with Maria Sharapova.
That has the makings of one of the best matches of the tournament if both women were to get that far and there are no guarantees Wozniacki would be able to come out on top. The draw does not really get any easy from there on in either, as Ash Barty could be her next opponent.
Halep’s injury issues are also likely to hold back a lot of people assessing the tennis betting prices for the Australian Open from backing the Romanian star.
Being in the same section of the draw as Serena is also very damaging for her chances of winning the tournament and a tough draw is enough of a reason to discount her from a shortlist.
Svitolina Among Well-Fancied Players This Year
A lot of experts are backing Svitolina to be one of the players to watch in the women’s draw, and it is easy to see why. She is primed to enjoy a superb 2019 to thrust her to the top of the game.
At around the 14/1 mark in the Australian Open betting odds, Svitolina also offers a very appealing option for those punters seeking a touch of value, even on an each-way basis.
She may not have shown her best tennis in grand slam events so far in her career, but triumphing at the WTA Finals at the end of 2018 was a positive sign she is ready to step up.
The Australian Open looks wide open and she is certainly a potential winner of the event, with the draw having not lined up too many arduous challenges in the opening three rounds.
Svitolina should be fairly unchallenged in the first week of the tournament and if she plays well she should retain energy for the quarter-finals – and quite possibly beyond.
Thinking Outside the Box Could be Rewarding
Predicting the winner of women’s grand slam tournaments has been a thankless task over the last couple of years, with eight different winners of the last eight majors to be played.
It is good for the game that different players are getting a chance to reach the top, with Serena struggling to reassert her dominance on the sport after becoming a mother for the first time.
With this in mind, there is no reason to shy away from backing those players who are still seeking the first big win of their career, with Kiki Bertens among the names in the frame.
The Dutch star added consistency to her game over the course of 2018 and is no longer seen as a player who is only really a viable threat when she is on her preferred surface of clay.
Bertens can still be backed at around the 25/1 mark, her odds having come in slightly in the last week or so, and she is definitely worth considering as a bet for the Australian Open crown.
China’s Leading Light Primed to Shine
Qiang Wang might just pull off a massive upset at odds of 50/1 – she looks set to become Asia’s next superstar. The Chinese player was in great form towards the end of the 2018 season but is still flying under the radar for a lot of people who are looking over the Australian Open odds.
Beating Venus Williams at the French Open last summer was a sign she is not daunted by facing off against players of big reputations and that character should stand her in good stead.
Australian Open Women’s Picks
Opposing Serena has not always been the most profitable move but at 7/2 in the betting odds, the American is perhaps still a touch too short given she has yet to win a major since giving birth. The challenge of getting back to the top should not be underestimated, though, and if any player has the drive and sheer talent to make it happen at Melbourne Park, it is Williams.
Svitolina is a very interesting option with 14/1 a nice price that offers just enough value to be tempting on the each-way market, as well as for outright bets. Her game is in a good place right now and she will be a difficult player to beat.
An open field means there are names at big odds who could give backers a good run for their money. One of them is China’s Qiang Wang, who could make 50/1 look very generous indeed. Bertens at 25/1 is another name that should make it on to the shortlist for punters this week.
Last but not least, home hope Barty could make a splash at odds close to the 16/1 mark. The Aussie crowd will get right behind the 22-year-old and she has a great chance of going deep.