The Australian Open is only a few days away, preview our picks for the competition
We’ll begin by discussing the men’s singles, where you’d have to be pretty stupid to back against Novak Djokovic. The Serbian doesn’t hit as many winners compared to his fellow players but he does everything brilliantly and his defence is by far the best in the world.
Andy Murray’s game will not trouble Novak, however he is more likely to be troubled by the likes of Wawrinka, Federer and Tsgona, but these players will still need a lot of luck to cause an upset. Djokovic’s ridiculously short price does reflect that and he doesn’t seem like drifting as many expected before the competition.
The WTA Tour has taken it’s toll on the women’s field, with many major players pulling out with injury or illness including Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova, Petre Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza, not ideal being so close to the first Grand Slam of the year.
Victoria Azarenka looks like she’s finally back to full fitness unlike her main rivals. The former world number one’s game suffered due to multiple injuries in the last few years but she was on career best form against Roberta Vinci in Brisbane, where she tamed last year’s US Open finalists serve.
Azarenka’s rivals may return to full fitness and form before the competition gets underway but, given last year’s winner Pennetta won the last Grand Slam, there are questions marks surrounding all of them. Azarenka’s price has shortened since winning the competition in
Brisbane but quite rightly so, she enters the Aussie Open at best odds $5.5. She entered the new year at $9 for the competition which made he a very popular pick with punters, especially on the back of rumours regarding Serena William’s injury.