2018 Australian Open Women’s Round by Round Betting Preview

2018 Australian Open Betting Preview: Women’s Singles

Written by on January 15, 2018

There are sure to be a lot of tennis fans that will be disappointed that Serena Williams will not be playing in the first Grand Slam of the season, but for the 2018 Australian Open Betting enthusiasts, it represents an opportunity to make some money, as there are sure to be some surprises with the best female tennis player in the world sitting this one out. This is about as wide open a field as we have seen in quite some time at a Grand Slam, and it’s fair to suggest that there is no clear Tennis odds favorite in the women’s tournament. As is the case with the men’s event, which we previewed in a separate piece, the women’s draw is split into a bracket that consists of four quarters. Below, we will delve into each of those quarters to see if we can see who will move on in the first tennis Grand Slam event of 2018.

2018 Australian Open Betting Preview: Women’s Singles

Tournament Info

  • Founded: 1905
  • Editions: 105
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Venue: Melbourne Park
  • Surface: Hard – outdoors
  • Prize money: A$55,000,000 (2018)

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2018 Australian Open Top Contenders

Garbiñe Muguruza

  • Age: 24
  • Country: Spain
  • Turned pro: 2012
  • Coach: Sam Sumyk
  • 2018 Australian Open Betting Odds: +500

Karolina Pliskova

  • Age: 25
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Turned pro: 2009
  • Coach: David Kotyza
  • 2018 Australian Open Betting Odds: +500

Maria Sharapova

  • Age: 30
  • Country: Russia
  • Turned pro: 2001
  • Coach: Sven Groeneveld
  • 2018 Australian Open Betting Odds: +750

First Quarter

Simona Halep has yet to win a major tournament, but she won’t have a better opportunity than she does here without Serena to contend with. She is the top seed in this tournament and has won the only other tournament that she played in this year. On the downside, Halep has made a habit of exiting early from the Australian Open, plus she may also be forced to face Johanna Konta, the player who knocked Halep out of Wimbledon last year, in this part of the bracket If Halep plays her best tennis, there is no reason she cannot get out of this quarter and into the semi-finals.

Second Quarter

This quarter has been decimated by injury, with both Garbine Muguruza and Carolina Garcia forced to bow out of the Australian Open through injuries. This would appear to open the door for Angelique Kerber, although she has not been playing her best tennis over the past year or so. If you are looking for a bit of a dark horse in this section of the draw, perhaps you should take a look at Maria Sharapova. She is back from suspension and looks to be fit and ready to go, which could be a problem for the other ladies in this quarter.

Third Quarter

Serena may not be ready to play in her first major of the year, but the Williams name will still be well represented in Australia. Venus Williams is in the twilight of her career, but even at 37 years of age, she is still more than capable hanging with the younger players on the tour. Venus Williams is among the dark horses at the 2018 Australian Open Betting Odds.   Venus looks to have a tough path out of here, though, as she may be forced to face Ekaterina Makarova in the 3rd round, as well as Elina Svitolina, who is coming off a tournament win in Brisbane. It is Svitolina who looks the most likely to escape this quarter.

Fourth Quarter

Caroline Wozniacki has clawed her way back up the women’s rankings to #2, the highest that she has been since 2011. There can be no denying that she is currently one of the best players in the women’s game, but she has also found Grand Slam events impossible to win throughout her career. Again, the absence of Serena means that the door is now wide open for Wozniacki, and she needs to be among the favorites to win her first major title. Perhaps her biggest competition in this quarter is Coco Vandeweghe, the player who ousted her from both Wimbledon and the French Open last season.

Champs since 2000

  • 2017: Serena Williams
  • 2016: Angelique Kerber
  • 2015: Serena Williams
  • 2014: Li Na
  • 2013: Victoria Azarenka
  • 2012: Victoria Azarenka
  • 2011: Kim Clijsters
  • 2010: Serena Williams
  • 2009: Serena Williams
  • 2008: Maria Sharapova
  • 2007: Serena Williams
  • 2006: Amélie Mauresmo
  • 2005: Serena Williams
  • 2004: Justine Henin
  • 2003: Serena Williams
  • 2002: Jennifer Capriati
  • 2001: Jennifer Capriati
  • 2000: Lindsay Davenport