Australian Open betting odds make it clear who’s in and out for the titles

The first Grand Slam of 2014 swings into action this weekend in Melbourne

The first Grand Slam of 2014 swings into action this weekend in Melbourne

The first Grand Slam of the tennis season begins this weekend in Melbourne and the players ranked first in the ATP and WTA rankings are looking to regain the Australian Open titles. Rafael Nadal usurped Novak Djokovic at the top of the men’s rankings at the end of last season, while Serena Williams has been top of the WTA pile since February 2013, yet neither have won this event since 2009 and 2010 respectively. Will they be able to claim the titles this time around?

The Australian Open betting odds see Novak Djokovic favoured to claim the men’s title this year in addition to the titles he won in 2008 and in each of the last three years, while Serena Williams is the large favourite to win her first title in Melbourne since claiming her fifth victory in 2010.

Australian Open Outright Betting Odds

Men’s:

Novak Djokovic to win – 1.80

Rafael Nadal to win – 3.75

Andy Murray to win – 9.00

Juan Martin Del Potro to win – 11.00

Roger Federer to win – 19.00

Women’s:

Serena Williams to win – 1.60

Victoria Azarenka to win – 5.50

Maria Sharapova to win – 9.00

Na Li to win – 12.00

(Odds provided by GR88.com are current as of today but subject to change.)

The betting odds for both the men’s and women’s sections of the tournaments make things relatively clear about who is in and out of the running for the titles this year. Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the biggest challengers in the men’s tournament, while it looks to be Serena Williams alone in the WTA side of the draw.

Of the two players that I feel will be up for the title in the ATP section of the Australian Open, my preference is Djokovic to take a fourth straight title in Melbourne. After he was defeated by Nadal in the US Open final he went on to take four straight titles in Beijing, Shanghai, Paris and he also won the ATP Tour Finals at the o2 Arena in London. He also managed to beat Nadal in two of those tournaments and with these two players first and second seeds I see a Nadal v Djokovic final, with the Serbian having the edge over the world number one right now.

For Murray it is too soon after his return from injury to challenge for a final appearance following some subpar performances already this season, while Federer is without a tournament victory since June and may be over the hill right now. His defeat in Brisbane to Lleyton Hewitt was not a good sign for the coming season. Juan Martin Del Potro will be the dark horse of the tournament, but he will have to be on his best form if he is to defeat Nadal when they are due to meet at the Quarter Final stage.

In the women’s side of the tournament, I cannot see anyone coming close to Serena Williams at all. She is in a league of her own at the moment as she has lost just one match in seven tournaments since an early exit at Wimbledon after a shock defeat at the hands  of Sabine Lisicki. That one defeat came in the final of the Cincinnati tournament in the build up to the US Open when Victoria Azarenka, the world number two, claimed victory but Serena turned things around at Flushing Meadows in the final Grand Slam of last year with a win in the final. She also put down her marker in Brisbane this year as Azarenka was once again beaten in the final in the warm up for this tournament.

Apart from a shock upset or injury to Williams, there is no chance of any of the top challengers beating her this year. She has beaten Azarenka in 14 of 17 matches, Sharapova 15 times in 17 clashes and Na Li has suffered ten beatings in 11 meetings so, despite the fact that she is very much odds on favourite to win in Melbourne, the smart money is on the American top seed.

As both players are odds on favourites to take their respective titles at the 2014 Australian Open, albeit they are offering reasonable value, I am going for a decent profit on these two players to win in Melbourne by putting them together in a double for greater returns.

Back a Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams double to win the Australian Open @ 2.88 with GR88.com

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

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