What a start to the Australian Open, it’s completely blown away those January blues! However, I can’t help but think we’ve missed a few opportunities to fill our wallets. I should have predicted Azarenka to completely smash Van Uytvanck and also the 1st set bagel Muguruza completed against Kontaveit. Their potential 4th round clash could be a classic, but that can wait, onto Round two.

Rajeev ‘Rampras’ Ram against Kevin Anderson threw up some very generous odds, and we look at Ram’s match again to supply us with a few winners. We’re adopting a very similar tactic for his second round clash with Stephane Robert. Robert completely dominated Frantangelo with his serve, setting up what could be a slugfest against Ram. We don’t get quite as much value this time round, but it’s still well worth backing the first set score to go all the way.

Aussie wildcard Tammi Patterson was outplayed by Ana Ivanovic in round one but Ivanovic has been in pretty poor form of late and will face a much harder task against Anastasija Sevastova. The Latvian won the last match played between this pair (although it was five years ago) and was a stand-out in the qualifiers. I’m very keen to take on the Serb, and I’m predicting an upset.

Danka Kovinic quite simply doesn’t stand a chance against Voctoria Azarenka, this match up could be one of the most one-sided in the competition. A first set bagel is well on the card for this one. Once again I will play the 6-0, 6-1 set score like I did in round one, just for insurance. My other pick is in the match between Johanna Konta and Saisai Zheng where the Brit, who was a star of the first round when knocking out Venus Williams, will sail through if she repeats that level of performance.
Rajeev Ram to win first set 7-6 against Stephane Robert - 1pt @ 7.00
Robert to win first set 7-6 against Ram - 1pt @ 6.00
Anastasija Sevastova to beat Ana Ivanovic - 1pt @ 4.33
Victoria Azarenka to win first set 6-0 against Danka Kovinic - 1pt @ 9.5
Azarenka to win first set 6-1 against Kovinic - 1pt @ 5.0
Johanna Konta to win first set 6-0 against Saisai Zheng - 1pt @ 17.00
Konta to win first set 6-1 against Zheng - 1pt @ 8.00
Konta to beat Zheng in straight sets - 4pt @ 1.72