A couple of massive upsets happened at the Australian Open. One of the upsets occurred on the women’s side the other happened on the men’s side. Check out more information on those upsets as well as where we stand when players throw down in the Aussie Open semifinals. Let’s jump right into action so you can keep making your bets and cash in against their Australian Open odds.
COVID-19 Tennis Update – February 17th Edition
2021 Australian Open
- When: February 8, 2021 – February 23, 2021
- Where: Melbourne Australia
Djokovic on collision course with Tsitsipas or Medvedev in Aussie Open Finals
Earlier in the week, Novak Djokovic won his 300th and 301st Grand Slam matches. Djoker required six sets to get past tough Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals to grab his 301st Slam win.
Djokovic faces Alexander Karatsev in the Australian Open semis. The match happens at 3:30 am ET on September 18. Expect Djoker to easily handle Karatsev, which means we should see Djokovic in the Australian Open Finals this weekend.
Novak will face either Stefanos Tsitsipas or Daniil Medvedev. Tsitsipas knocked out 2-seed Rafael Nadal after six sets. Rafa put up a fight. He’s always had trouble in the Australian Open, though.
Medvedev remains hot. The 2020 ATP Finals champ beat 7-seed Andre Rublev 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. In the four matches Daniil has played so far this Australian Open, he’s had to play more than 3 sets just once, versus Filip Krajinovic in the third-round.
Medvedev looks strong heading into the semifinals. His battle against Sitsipas happens at 12:00 am ET on Feb. 19.
Serena knocks out Halep and takes on Osaka in semifinals while Barty falls to Muchova
Is Serena back to her old self? Maybe. Williams blasted Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 to win her quarterfinals match.
Halep had a tough fourth-round match against Iga Swiatek. The 2020 French Open winner beat Simona for the first set before Halep rallied for the win.
Perhaps, the victory against Swiatek took too much out of Halep. Or, maybe, the 39-year-old Serena is back to her best form. If the latter is the case, Naomi Osaka could be in some trouble.
Williams faces Osaka at 10:00 pm ET on Feb. 17. Naomi has dominated so far. But, again, Serena could be ready to prove she’s still the best women’s tennis player on the planet.
Williams versus Osaka is the highlight semifinal match. The other side of the bracket pits 25-seed Karolina Muchova against 22-seed Jennifer Brady. Muchova upset 1-seed Ashleigh Barty 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.
With Barty out, most tennis handicappers believe the women’s singles winner will come from the Serena – Naomi semifinals match. No matter who wins that semifinal, expect her to offer underlay odds against either Muchova or Brady.