Ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year, we go through the main contenders for the tournament Down Under
Ahead of the 2016 Australian Open women’s singles event, Bookies.com bring punters the latest outright odds for an ever competitive draw Down Under.
According to bookmakers, this year’s tournament will be a two-horse race between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, who are both multiple champions here.
American Williams is the favourite (best odds at a tempting 7/2 with Coral and Ladbrokes), as expected due to her being the title holder and six-time winner, but Belarusian Azarenka is not far behind at 9/2, also with Ladbrokes.
In fact some bookmakers price the duo the same, perhaps due to the fact that the latter is younger and a double champion here, while Williams has also been suffering from injury of late – although she has declared herself fully fit.
Elsewhere in the women’s draw, 2008 winner Maria Sharapova is far from done in the sport, as her final appearance here (her fourth at the Australian Open) last year proves. You can take odds of 9/1 with the likes of Sky Bet and Stan James for the Russian to lift her second title at this event.
Further down the field, younger contenders Simona Halep of Romania and Venezuela-born Spaniard Garbine Muguruza are close in the betting at 9/1 and 10/1 respectively with Coral, as they seek their first major honours having come close in Grand Slams before.
Recent WTA Tour Finals winner Agnieszka Radwanska (20/1 with a few bookies including William Hill) and runner-up Petra Kvitova (16/1 with Sportingbet) are also temptingly priced.
Exciting teenager Belinda Bencic is surely the next big thing in tennis, and the Swiss is a great price at 18/1 with Stan James.
If you fancy Caroline Wozniacki and Eugenie Bouchard to get back on track after both enduring an inconsistent season in 2015, they are 50/1 with Coral and 66/1 with Paddy Power respectively.
BETTING TIP: Azarenka to win Australian Open @ 7/2 with Ladbrokes.