The 2020 Australian Open Round 1 continues on Monday and Tuesday with great matchups in both women’s singles and men’s singles. A couple of key battles take place on the women’s side when Maria Sharapova and Amanda Anisimova attempt to keep their Aussie Open title hopes alive. On the men’s side, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga faces a serious challenger in young Alexei Popyrin on Tuesday. Check out analysis and picks for 8 of the top Australian Open Round 1 matchups on Monday and Tuesday!
2020 Australian Open Round 1 Odds, Preview & Picks
- When: January 20th – 21st
- Where: Melbourne Park
Monday, Jan. 20th
Yulia Putintseva vs Su-Wei Hseih
- 2020 Australian Open Odds: Putintseva -114 / Hseih -114
Putintseva struggled in her last tournament. She didn’t make it out of the first round, falling to Ajla Tomljanovic. Su-Wei Hseih lost to ranked Aryna Sabalenka in her last tournament played. She’s 9 years older than Putintseva, though. The younger player has the edge.
Tennis Betting Pick: Yulia Putintseva
Liudmila Samsonova vs Jelena Ostapenko
- 2020 Australian Open Odds: Samsonova -113 / Ostapenko -116
21-year-old Samsonova played great at the Brisbane International. She fell to Petra Kvitova in Round 2. But Kvitova is one of the Top 5 players on the women’s side. Ostapenko hasn’t hit the courts this year. Give Samsonova the nod.
Tennis Betting Pick: Liudmila Samsonova
Donna Vekic vs Maria Sharapova
- 2020 Australian Open Odds: Vekic -163 / Sharapova +123
Donna Vekic marched to the Adelaide International quarterfinals in her last. Maria Sharapova fell in the first round to Jennifer Brady at the Brisbane International. Sharapova fought hard, though. She can upset Vekic.
Tennis Betting Pick: Maria Sharapova
Amanda Anisimova vs Zarina Diyas
- 2020 Australian Open: Anisimova -238 / Diyas +174
Anisimova made it all the way to the ASB Classic Finals in her last tournament played. Serena beat the 18-year-old American 6-1, 6-1. Amanda should have learned from the experience of facing the greatest of all time. She figures to handle Diyas with ease.
Tennis Betting Pick: Amanda Anisimova
Tuesday, Jan. 21th
Alexei Popyrin vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
- 2020 Australian Open Odds: Popyrin +131 / Tsonga -175
Laslo Djere beat Alexei Popyrin in the first round at the Adelaide International. Popyrin has a chance to get a win over Tsonga early on Tuesday, though. Tsonga bowed out in Round 2 at the Qatar Exxon Mobil in his last tournament played. In 2019, Popyrin showed signs that he could break out in 2020. Back Alexei.
Tennis Betting Pick: Alexei Popyrin
Nick Kyrgios vs Lorenzo Sonego
- 2020 Australian Open: Kyrgios -769 / Sonego +434
Nick Kyrgios is not in great form. Lorenzo Sonego lost to Laslo Djere in the first round at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. In his next tournament played, Herbert Hurkacz knocked Sonego out in the first round at the ASB Classic. But Sonego’s worth backing at the odds. Why? Because Kyrgios hasn’t stepped it up in recent matches.
Tennis Betting Pick: Lorenzo Sonego
Pablo Cuevas vs Gilles Simon
- 2020 Australian Open: Cuevas +171 / Simon -232
Simon is the favorite, but Cuevas has a good shot at the win. Pablo beat Reilly Opelka 5-7, 7-6 (11-9), 7-6 (7-2) at the Adelaide International before losing in the second round. A few days of rest should have him ready for Simon.
Tennis Betting Pick: Pablo Cuevas
Kirsten Flipkens vs Karolina Muchova
- 2020 Australian Open: Flipkens +225 / Muchova -322
Flipkens fell to Shuai Zhang 6-4, 3-6, 2-6 at the Hobart International in her last. 20-seed Karolina Muchova hasn’t lost in the first round in her last couple of tournaments played. She’s a dark horse to take the Australian Open and should beat Flipkens on Tuesday.
Tennis Betting Pick: Karolina Muchova