By Isla Knightley | | 16 mins
Australian Open 2022 Women's Odds, Betting Tips & Long Shots
The 2022 Australian Open headlines are dominated by the ongoing Novak Djokovic drama on the men’s side, detracting from the women’s side of the tournament that is shaping up to be a wide-open affair, according to bookmakers with a number of prominent sportsbooks.
Australia’s own Ashleigh Barty is the top favorite to win her third career grand slam title and first-ever Australian Open across multiple sports betting sites.
Defending champion Naomi Osaka emerges as the second-best bet to win her fifth grand slam and third overall Aussie Open, while the darling of the WTA Tour and last year’s surprise U.S. Open champion, Emma Raducanu, is tipped as a long shot to emerge victorious Down Under.
Elsewhere, the field is sprinkled with veterans, former grand slam champions, rising starlets and unseeded sleepers that can do some damage in the Australian Open draw. Below we look at the contenders, pretenders and long shots that have a chance to steal the headlines and the limelight away from the men’s tournament over the next fortnight.
2022 Australian Open Women's Odds
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2022 Australian Open Women's Top Contenders
Australia has been hankering after a homegrown champion, but only now, with the rise of Ashleigh Barty in the women’s game, does that dream seem genuinely attainable. The 25-year-old has already claimed a French Open title (2019) and the Wimbledon Championships (2021), preparing her for the weight of expectation that she’s likely to face in Melbourne.
Adding weight to the World No.1 and top seed Barty’s tennis odds, is a positive start to the 2022 season with a victorious run at the Adelaide International, where she clinched the singles and doubles titles.
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Naomi Osaka returns to Australia after an extended period away from the game last season to deal with mental health issues. The American is the defending champion and a four-time grand slam champion, and before taking time off, she appeared unstoppable and was widely held as the player to beat in any tournament she entered.
Markets have clearly picked up from where they left off on the tennis betting side, installing Osaka as one of the top tennis bets to win the Australian Open. However, there is genuine concern about her match fitness after such a lengthy absence. Osaka warmed up at the ATP 250 in Melbourne last week but her run stalled in the semis as she was forced to bow out of the tournament with an abdominal injury.
Osaka (seeded 13th) and Barty have been drawn into the first quarter together, and the way things stack up, they’re on a course to meet in the R16. Greece’s Maria Sakkari (+3800 with FanDuel) bookends this quarter as a potential quarterfinal opponent to either Osaka or Barty, should the draw go to order.
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Emma Raducanu was the feel-good story of the 2021 U.S. Open, navigating a course from the obscurity of the qualifying round all the way to the coveted title. Then, Raducanu didn’t register on anyone’s radar. Now, she’s one of the top bets to win the Australian Open. Is it fair to expect so much from the 19-year-old? Consistency isn’t synonymous with the women’s game at the major level in recent years.
Raducanu warmed up at the Sydney International this week where she was blown off the court 6-0, 6-1 by Elena Rybakina (+2500 at BetMGM). That doesn’t provide good optics ahead of her first-round match against American Sloane Stephens, a former U.S. Open champion and a sleeper pick.
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The 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek is one to watch in Melbourne after an encouraging run in Adelaide last week. She falls into the fourth quarter of the Australian Open draw that is littered with veterans and former grand slam champions such as Petra Kvitova (+2000 with Caesars Sportsbook) and Angelique Kerber (+5500 with FanDuel). Elsewhere, big-hitting Aryna Sabalenka flanks the opposite side of the quarter and looms as a potential quarterfinal opponent.
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Simona Halep is one of the best competitors in the women’s game. When she’s on, the diminutive Romanian can beat anybody. She’s a two-time grand slam champion and a genuine contender to win Down Under. Her 2021 campaign was riddled with injuries, but she’s off to a flying start after winning the Melbourne 1 tournament in the first week of the 2022 season.
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Spain’s Garbine Muguruza knows what it takes to win major titles after lifting two grand slam titles in her career. She won the 2016 French Open, the 2017 Wimbledon Championships and was a runner-up at the 2020 Australian Open. Muguruza falls into the third quarter of the draw, which includes Raducanu and Halep. Flanking the opposite corner of the draw is Anett Kontaveit, who is an outside bet, according to the Australian Open futures currently trading with various betting apps.
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Aryna Sabalenka is the second seed, but her tennis odds don’t reconcile with her top seeding. There are serious questions about the Belarusian’s form after she kicked off her 2022 campaign with back-to-back losses.
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Barbora Krejcikova stunned the tennis betting world by winning the 2021 French Open. The doubles specialist emerged out of nowhere to lift the prestigious title in both singles and doubles at Roland Garros. She went on to reach the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and capped off a banner season with a career-high singles ranking.
The Czech falls into the second quarter of the draw, which is arguably the most wide-open section that includes Americans Coco Goff, Madison Keys and 2020 Australian Open champion Sophie Kenin (+3200 with BetMGM). As well, Elena Svitolina (+2500 with Caesars), Viktoria Azarenka (+3800 with FanDuel) and Jelena Ostapenko (+8000) are in this section.