One Man and One Woman – The Latest Australian Open Betting Odds
January 11, 2019
With the remainder of the Christmas treats still making a racket in the cupboard and the ‘New Year, New Me’ motto still yet to get into full swing, the Australian Open drops on us before we even expect it to.
Now the qualifying rounds are almost concluded, the meat and gravy of the tournament proper gets underway with the first round on Monday 14th January, and there’s plenty of potential clashes to look forward to over the next fortnight.
Despite it coming early in the calendar, the Aussie Open isn’t one that goes unnoticed by the sporting world, although it was given a serious boost in interest levels this week with Sir Andy Murray confirming this could be his last ever tournament.
The British tennis legend has had a sparkling career that has spanned over more than a decade, culminating with two victories at Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016. However, surgery on his hip has taken its toll and with injury forcing his hand, Murray is likely to only be a bit part player in Aus.
Nonetheless, names are aplenty for the first Grand Slam of the season, so we’ve taken a look at a couple of those to follow in the Australian Open betting odds from both the men’s and women’s side of the draw.
As one of the rising stars of the tennis world, the 22-year-old Danill Medvedev could move one step further up the ladder with a positive performance Down Under. The young Russian stands at a mountainous 6ft 6in and that makes him ready-made for the bouncy hard-court game that presents itself in Australia.
Currently ranked at number 16 in the world, he certainly has a bright future ahead of him, and although that may come in many years from now, there’s reason to think he could go far in the next two weeks.
A finalist at Brisbane most recently, he saw off Andy Murray, Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before Kei Nishikori got the better of him in the final. They are four of the biggest names on the circuit, which goes a long way to illustrating just how good Medvedev could be.
His start to 2018 painted a similar story as well by winning the final of the Sydney International against 19-year-old Alex de Minaur. That may seem nothing special, but the pair played out the ‘youngest final’ since 2007, when 20-year-old Rafael Nadal defeated 19-year-old Novak Djokovic in the final of Indian Wells.
In the process, Medvedev became the tournament’s youngest winner since 1989 and don’t forget that the likes of Lleyton Hewitt, Roger Federer and Pete Sampras have all won the Sydney International since then.
Interesting? Yes. Daniil Medvedev is a name to remember, and he’s 66/1 to win the tournament with Royal Panda.
Unlike Medvedev, Karolina Pliskova is an established name in the women’s game and is surely overdue a visit to a Grand Slam final.
Rather miraculously, her one and only Grand Slam final came at the US Open in 2016, with her best effort since then a semi-final exit of the 2017 French Open. This is all despite her reaching number one in the world during 2017 and currently holding 7th place in those same rankings.
Her Grand Slam record is rather underwhelming to say the least, but the Australian Open seems to bring out some of her most consistent form in the majors. Her last two trips Down Under have resulted in two quarter-final finishes, although she was maybe a tad unlucky to bang into the in-form eventual finalist Simona Halep last year.
She’s clearly got the tools to get the job done and with form on her side after winning in Brisbane last week, 2019 could be the year that she banishes her Grand Slam hoodoo. She’s 16/1 to win the tournament with Ladbrokes.
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As a qualified sports journalist, Luke has worked with nationally-recognised outlets covering events from the World Cup to the Grand National. Luke is one of the few men who has to admit that their father was the better footballer, but at least he can take comfort from the fact he got to see his Dad score at Wembley. When Luke isn’t talking football, you’ll normally find him following his other passion, horse racing and has his own horses in training with Paul Nicholls and Mark Johnston.