Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber will kick-start the 2017 Australian Open as defending champions and it will be interesting to see if they can continue winning in Melbourne. Here’re the latest 2017 Australian Open betting tips, odds & predictions in both sections of the draw.
The 2017 edition of the Australian Open will be played between January 16 and January 29 and all eyes will be some of the top players in action.
With 2015 tennis season reaching its inevitable conclusion, the focus will soon shift to the next year, where the stars will once again look to reach greater glory. With Australian Open being the starting point, let us have a look at some of the players whom we can expect to dazzle in the Grand Slam.
We have the world no. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic, who has had an excellent season this year. In addition to winning in Melbourne, he won the Wimbledon and US Open too, where he defeated the Swiss maestro Roger Federer in the final.
Australian Open 2017 tennis betting tips:
Djokovic to win the men’s singles title
Kerber to win the women’s singles title
With a track-record of 63-5 and a seat already booked in the ATP World Tour Finals, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him reaching the latter stages of the tournament.
Speaking of Roger Federer, the world no. 2 has stylishly silenced his critics and put an end to the speculation of him retiring. Like a fine wine, he has only gotten better with age, which can be seen from his exceptional record this season. He has won five titles so far, and lost only a mere eight times.
Last season, he fell to Andreas Seppi in the third round, but this time, he should be able to go the distance. With a great coaching staff and new tactics, some may even expect him to go the distance.
Last year’s runner-up Andy Murray will also be hoping to kick start his season by lifting the prestigious trophy, although he can definitely expect a tough fight from the other players.
Finally, the last of the ‘big four’ – Rafael Nadal has had a pretty average year so far. With a revival still on the cards, the Spaniard will be looking to put the 2015 season behind him and get started on the right note.
Considering the women’s half, we have the world no. 1 Serena Williams, who has ruthlessly dominated the season. Winning all the Grand Slams (with the exception of US Open), she has lost only three matches this year. Moreover, her decision to not play for the remainder of the year will definitely help her in revitalizing and coming back to Melbourne, stronger than ever.
One of the three players who managed to defeat Williams is Simona Halep, who is currently the second ranked player. The semifinalist at the Flushing Meadows has lifted only three trophies this year, one of which came at the Indian Wells. Young and energetic, she is definitely hungry for more victories and has proven herself to be a really dangerous player.
Last year’s runner-up Maria Sharapova will be eagerly looking forward to play in the tournament, considering that she has had a really quiet season since the Wimbledon, owing to her injury. She has slipped down in the rankings, but we can definitely expect her to recuperate well and get back to her former self in Melbourne.
2014 also saw a rise in other players such as Garbine Muguruza, Belinda Bencic and Agnieszka Radwanska. Their brilliant form has shown that they are capable of taking on the top players and possibly create troubles for them.
Here’re the latest Australian Open betting tips & odds for the 2017 Australian Open:
Men’s Singles Title Winner:
Novak Djokovic: 1/1
Andy Murray: 9/2
Roger Federer: 12/1
Stan Wawrinka: 14/1
Rafael Nadal: 26/1
Women’s Singles Title Winner:
Serena Williams: 2/1
Victoria Azarenka: 6/1
Maria Sharapova: 10/1
Simona Halep: 10/1
Petra Kvitova: 12/1