Australian Open: Another Novak Domination?

Novak Djokovic vs Lucas Pouille

The World no.1 in men’s tennis, rightfully and deservingly, is back in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic has been in a rich vein of form since the second half of 2018, and despite some blips here and there, he remains one of the most unstoppable forces in tennis.

If he’s ranking is not enough proof, the Serbian juggernaut has won the last two majors of 2018—beating Kevin Anderson in Wimbledon and taking down Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open.

Djokovic benefitted from Kei Nishikori’s mid-game retirement in the quarter-final. And so with a relatively fresher pair of legs, he is expected to comfortably handle Lucas Pouille who is making his first semi-final appearance in a Grand Slam.

Talking Points

Some unfinished business for the Djoker

Djokovic has some matters to settle in the Australian Open. It is the only Grand Slam tournament wherein he failed to reach the quarterfinals last year, losing in the fourth round to South Korean Chung Hyeon.

Now, Djokovic is through to the last four, and he will look to avoid another upset as he aims for a record-breaking seventh Australian Open title.

Luckily for the 31-year-old, he’s at the peak condition and playing brilliantly, dropping only two sets so far and not more than two in a single match in the competition.

As if he’s not the favourite yet, Djokovic is well rested after playing only two sets and 12 games against Nishikori in the quarters. Exhausted after three of his four previous matches went to five sets, Nishikori opted to retire with an apparent right leg injury.

That should give Djokovic a massive advantage, especially with Pouille playing nine sets and more than 80 games in his last two matches.

If there’s one thing deadlier than an in-form Djokovic, it’s a well-rested version of him.

Pouille ready to make French history

Pouille knows what he’s up against in the semis. The odds are stacked against him, and it would be a momentous upset if he would be able to fend off Djokovic and deny the Serb a milestone win in Melbourne.

Lucas Pouille to face Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Australian Open

France’s Lucas Pouille celebrates after defeating Canada’s Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open

There were only six French players in the modern era to have reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Before Pouille, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was the last person to make it to this stage, way back in 2010.

No Frenchmen has ever won the Australian Open men’s singles title in the Open Era.

Pouille will rely on his shotmaking ability and aggressive playing style to trouble Djokovic. So far in the Australian Open, the World no.31 is among the best big hitters with 84 aces. He is no.5 in the list, though only two in the top five remain in the competition—the other one is Stefanos Tsitsipas who is on the other semis against Rafael Nadal.

It remains to be seen if he can keep up the production against the experienced Djokovic, but the fact that Pouille has shown great mental strength in his last two matches should help him put up a fight.

History

The two players meet for the first time, so it will undoubtedly be an interesting match that is almost certain to provide some of the best Australian Open 2019 highlights.

As mentioned, Djokovic is a six-time winner here. He is tied with Roger Federer with the most titles and could get the lone record if he wins his final two games.

The Djoker didn’t make it past the quarter-finals in the last two instalments of the Australian major, though he did win it in back-to-back years in 2015 and 2016 before an elbow injury slowed him down.

On the other hand, Pouille is playing his first-ever slam semis. Before this, his best performance in the major was a pair of quarter-final appearances in the Wimbledon and US Open 2016.

Last year, the Frenchmen failed to make it past the first round of the Australian competition, losing to Ruben Bemelmans in four sets.

What are the odds?

Pouille have little to zero chance of winning this match. As what the Australian Open 2019 odds suggest, Djokovic is at 1.07 to win while the 24-year-old Pouille is at a far-off 6.88.

Their meeting is also expected to end in straight sets. Asian Handicap betting at us put Djokovic at -2.50 that pays at 1.55. On the other hand, Pouille is at 2.40 for the +2.50 plus handicap.

With a Djokovic domination likely, it might not be wrong to look at Game Handicap as well. In this market, tennis fans can get Djokovic -8.00 @ 2.04.

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Australian Open: All Eyes on Karolina Pliskova!

Karolina Pliskova vs Naomi Osaka

After Karolina Pliskova’s controversial victory over Serena Williams in the quarter-finals, all the focus will be on the Czech star when she takes on Naomi Osaka in the semis of the Australian Open.

Williams was expected to dominate the competition in the land down under, and after winning against World No.1 Simona Halep, the general consensus was “Williams is on her way to a record-tying 24th major title.”

However, Pliskova ended that dream and what could have been an incredible story for the tennis world to relish.

Of course, that is not to take anything away from Pliskova, but with the way she won against Serena, the only way for her to fully redeem herself is with a convincing win against Osaka.

Talking Points

Pliskova: Lucky or a result of incredible focus?

The 26-year-old Pliskova worked hard to get to this point. She beat Camila Giorgi in the Round of 32 and immediately made easy work of another tournament contender in Garbine Muguruza the following game.

However, all of that was forgotten after her three-set thriller with Williams that ended in surprising fashion.

As mentioned, the quarterfinal meeting between Pliskova and Williams went the distance, with the former winning the first set and the latter taking the second.

Williams was about to win in the final frame, up by 5-1 and serving for match point. In a cruel twist of fate, the 37-year-old American superstar was called for a foot-fault during her serve. She then appeared to hurt her left ankle, paving the way for Pliskova to pull off a massive turnaround.

Without the questionable call for foot-fault, Williams would have probably won. Besides, Pliskova already looked defeated when the seven-time Australian Open winner surged to a massive lead.

Serena Williams suffered an ankle injury during her match against Karolina Pliskova in Australian Open

Serena Williams looking disappointed after her defeat to Karoline Pliskova

Nonetheless, the focus that Pliskova displayed shouldn’t be undermined. There’s luck for sure, but winning six straight points against an experienced and proven winner like Serena is no easy feat.

It should also be noted that the 26-year-old Czech was clinical in the first set and won 81 percent of her serves while making just five unforced errors.

It remains to be seen if Pliskova will have the same luck against Osaka. But if she sticks to her style of play, keeps her shots simple and retains the same composure, then she could be in for another upset.

No redemption for Osaka

Tennis fans around the world were already looking forward to a rematch between Williams and Osaka. The two were embroiled in the shocking 2018 US Open final that saw Osaka’s dream night end in tears—no thanks to Serena’s outburst and fight with the umpire.

It would have been a chance for Osaka to prove her mettle against Williams once again. However, that would have to wait after the latest set of Australian Open 2019 results.

Nevertheless, whoever her opponent is, the fourth-seeded Osaka will still be a tough nut to crack.

Osaka is the last top five player in the women’s competition, and she hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. She has been a model of consistency and has been a lot more confident, as proven by her come-from-behind victories over Hsieh Su-Wei (Round of 32) and Anastasija Sevastova (Round of 16).

The Japanese star is also on course to become the first WTA star to win back-to-back major titles since Jennifer Capriati in 2001, and that should give her extra motivation.

History

Pliskova and Osaka have met three times before, with the Czech star ahead 2-1. They last played against each other in the final of the Pan Pacific Open in Japan last September 2018.

Despite the strong support that Osaka got during that contest, Pliskova came out on top with a straight-set win.

They also faced each other in the Indian Wells in 2018, though it was Osaka who got the win back then.

Pliskova won her first ever meeting with Osaka in the professional level in 2016, though that ended with the young Japanese retiring in the third set.

What are the odds?

Naomi Osaka is the favourite to win against Karolona Pliskova in Australian Open semifinals

Naomi Osaka celebrates after her match match against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina

Osaka, unsurprisingly, is the overwhelming favourite to win based on the Australian Open 2019 odds at us.

The Japanese star is at Money Line odds 1.80 to come out on top, though Pliskova isn’t too far behind at odds of 2.04.

Their fight is expected to go the distance, as Asian Handicap odds give Pliskova a plus-handicap +1.50 that pays at 1.40. On the other hand, the 21-year-old Osaka is at 2.78 for a -1.50 handicap.

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Australian Open: Many Intriguing Battles Rage on Melbourne Soil

ATP – Australian Open

The first Major of the year is already underway, and there already are a number of interesting stories surrounding the Australian Open.

The majority of the talking points that are buzzing around the prestigious tournament revolves around the Big Four — the four supreme athletes that have brought the sport to greater heights over the past decade. They have dominated for years now, and I don’t think much will change here.

These men and their on-court feats still draw the biggest us tips, but their actions outside the court have also sparked discussions amongst the game’s most passionate fans.

Depending on your level of involvement to the fantastic sport of tennis, these stories will definitely tug at your heartstrings or rile you up for the upcoming matches.

Talking Points

Nadal and Federer continue to battle for domination

These two men have been at the top of the game for quite a long time that people forget just how good they have been. However, they reminded people over the 2018 season the superb quality they possess, and they will likely show in this tournament why pundits still cannot count them out.

Federer continues to impress despite being older than almost every other player playing in the competition. The Swiss maestro showed off his supreme talent as he took down Denis Istomin in straight sets. Even he cannot believe that he is still performing at such an effective rate.

“It’s disbelief to be quite honest that I’m the double defending champion at my age,” he said. “I hope I can do it again this year.”

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal also won his first match of the competition in straight sets. He was facing some tough resistance from local player James Duckworth, but his tweaked serve made sure that he would not face any problems.

With these two still performing at a high level at their age, it begs belief if these two aren’t a part of the Australian Open 2019 betting lists of the many punters looking into the tournament.

Rafael Nadal reacts after winning a point against James Duckworth in their first round match at the Australian Open

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal reacts after winning a tennis match

Djokovic: Fighting wars on two fronts

Novak Djokovic is having an interesting start to his 2019. And I am using “interesting” to play down how chaotic his year has started so far.

He ended 2018 on a rather bitter note after starting the second half of the season on an angry winning streak. He was supposed to end on a high by winning the ATP Finals, but Alexander Zverev shocked the world and took down the Serb in straight sets.

We can be sure that Djokovic will be looking to start this year on the right note by taking home his seventh Australian Open title and establishing his stature as one of the best players to ever pick up a tennis racket.

However, this is not the only battle the mighty Serb has been fighting. Australian Open 2019 news stories reveal that he is embroiled in a rough political battle that seeks to boost player power. He voted against extending the tenure of ATP chief executive Chris Kermode, a figure supported by Federer, Nadal and a smattering of other top professionals.

Should he get his way after the Open, the tour will see a lot of changes happening. Meanwhile, this should make the tournament interesting, especially if Djokovic meets either Nadal or Djokovic in the tournament’s latter stages.

Who will be the next big tennis star?

The entire tennis world is still reeling from the untimely sunset that befell Andy Murray’s tennis career. The one-steady Scot limped out of the Australian Open’s first round in a full-set duel against Roberto Bautista Agut.

The former number one made the tough decision to call it quits as his hip just won’t let him play at the level we have come to expect from the two-time Wimbledon winner.

And with Murray officially unable to play at the highest level, some may be looking at the next person who will step up and take his place.

Will it be Zverev, who has already impressed many players on the tour. Dominic Thiem and Juan Martin del Potro could also take his place if they perform well enough this year.

Until that happens, everyone is only hoping that Murray’s hip can hold out until he makes it to the hallowed courts of Wimbledon for his last hurrah.

The Australian Open could be Andy Murray’s last tournament

Andy Murray looking glum during a press conference

History

Djokovic and Federer are the biggest favourites to make it back to the final and win the entire tournament again. Both men have won the Australian title six times. Some can say that Federer is the bigger fish in this pond as he won the last two iterations of the competition.

However, Rafael Nadal has experienced victory in Melbourne during the 2009 tournament and was the runner-up three times. One of his more memorable performances was the five-hour classic he played with Djokovic in 2012.

Murray also used to thrive in this Grand Slam as well, making the final five times. However, I don’t think anyone outside the four can even match the four in terms of the play they have showcased in the last ten years.

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Australian Open: Serena Enters as Favourite, But Tough Road Awaits

WTA – Australian Open

For the past decade or so, Serena Williams has been synonymous to women’s tennis. And so when she steps on the hard court in Melbourne for the 2019 Australian Open, she is unsurprisingly the favourite to come out on top.

However, while Serena remains a dominant force, the WTA has been a wide-open competition for the past couple of years. With a number of players rising beyond expectations, unpredictability became a common theme.

The likes of Simona Halep and former Australia champs Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki are predicted to mount a title challenge once again, while the other top seeds and rising stars in the game could provide more feel-good stories and, perhaps, the best upsets.

It’s set to be an action-packed two weeks in Australia, and certainly, another eventful one.

Talking Points

Serena’s search for history

Serena, 23-time Grand Slam winner, is in search of trophy no.24.

That has been the main storyline for her since her return from maternity leave, but she is yet to win it. In fact, the 37-year-old has not won a title since giving birth to her daughter Olympia.

She reached the final of the 2018 installments of Wimbledon and US Open, but twice she failed as well. She bowed down to Kerber in the London major before falling at the hands of rising youngster Naomi Osaka at home.

The Australian Open is another chance for Williams to go level with Margaret Court’s 24 major singles titles. And it seems only fitting that she’ll be trying to match it in the competition where there is an arena named after the Aussie tennis legend.


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Interestingly, the Australian Open is also where Serena won her last major before her pregnancy. She won the competition in 2017, beating her sister Venus in straight sets.

A win in Melbourne will also make it Serena’s most successful slam. She currently has seven trophies in the competition.

Tough road ahead for Coach-less and hapless Halep

While much of the focus will be on Serena and her quest for tennis immortality, Halep is also drawing some attention…but for the wrong reasons.

After parting ways with coach Darren Cahill, the Romanian’s prospects of winning it all in the land down under look shaky.

The World no.1 is flying solo, and it might just be a bad time for her considering her recent record and fitness issue. Halep has just recovered from a back injury, and it shouldn’t help that she’s riding a five-game losing skid.

Halep recently lost to Ash Barty in the Sydney International, the only game she played before the Australian Open.

Simona Halep drawing attention for 2019 Australian Open.

Simona Halep in action during a women’s single match at the Sydney International tennis tournament.

Halep did make it to the Australian Open final last year, but it’s also worth mentioning that she lost in the first round in the 2016 and 2017 editions.

Making things more difficult for the 27-year-old, she is drawn in the same group as Serena, which means they could meet in the Round of 16. Yikes!

Who can pull off a surprise?

Williams and Halep are getting the attention, but there are still plenty of names that shouldn’t be forgotten. The WTA is anybody’s game, after all.

Wozniacki leads the chasing pack, and the defending champion undoubtedly has every reason to come out and reign supreme. The same goes for Kerber who will look to maintain her resurgence and fight for the no.1 spot.

Osaka and Sloane Stephens might not be household names yet, but they do have grand slam victories to their names.

Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova are exciting players to watch as well, and all of them have proven they can win on the big stage.

When it comes to dark horse candidates, 20-year-old Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka and 22-year-old Aussie Ash Barty lead the list. The two have grabbed headlines in recent days and are expected to provide some of the best Australian Open 2019 highlights.

History

Over the past 10 years, only two players have won the Australian Open multiple times: Serena and Victoria Azarenka.

Serena won it four times while Azarenka bagged two, with the other four split by Kim Clijsters, Li Na, Kerber and Wozniacki.

Serena will hope to recapture her form in the competition. Nonetheless, as mentioned, the WTA has been a wide-open race in the past few campaigns. In the past two years, no player has won more than two grand slams in a single season, showing the parity in the women’s field.

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History and Immortality for the Remarkable Federer!

Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic (6-2, 6-7 [5-7], 6-3, 3-6, 6-1)

It wasn’t an easy victory in Melbourne, but King Rog managed to get the job done as he became the first man to win 20 Grand Slam singles titles.

Marin Cilic didn’t disappoint and delighted sports betting fans with a terrific display at Rod Laver Arena. He made life hard for Roger Federer and forced the Australian Open final to a decider, almost pulling off a live betting upset on the way.

Nonetheless, the Croatian star just didn’t have enough and faltered in the final set that paved the way for the Fed Express—unarguably the online gambling favourite throughout—to run away with the title.

It looked like the 36-year-old Fed was on his way to another comfortable win. He was never challenged in the tournament, and his superb performance continued as he claimed the first set against Cilic in just 24 minutes.

The real battle, however, started in the second, with the Croat finally finding his rhythm. The see-saw affair saw both players go toe to toe and exchange massive forehands before Cilic eventually won the tiebreak.

Despite Federer winning the third in clinical fashion, he failed to carry the momentum in the penultimate set. The Swiss Maestro went 2-0 up and appeared to be putting an end to the game, but he succumbed to Cilic’s strength and even conceded six straight points while serving.

It was a different story in the decider amid the electric intensity that embraced the court. As the pressure takes its toll on Cilic, Federer took advantage and let his emotions loose to surge to an unassailable 4-1 lead. He didn’t slow down and closed out the match in style.

Post-match statistics showed where Federer dominated. He had 24 aces—eight more than Cilic’s—and won 80 percent of his first serve points.

With the win, Federer joined the likes of Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf as the only players to win 20 or more singles slam titles. It’s also his sixth time lifting the trophy at Melbourne Park, becoming the oldest Australian Open winner since the 37-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1972.

“I’m so happy,” Federer said. “Winning is an absolute dream come true. The fairytale continues for us, for me. After the great year I had last year, it’s incredible.”

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The Best Night! Wozniacki Excited in Live Betting Thriller

Caroline Wozniacki beats Simona Halep 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-4

The Australian Open is an extravagant sports betting event in terms of intensity and memorable moments. However, not everyone sees the women’s game as great as the men’s.

Fans sceptical about the drama of the women’s game were taken for a wild spin as Caroline Wozniacki made an emphatic statement about the state of women’s tennis. She won a tense match that almost saw Halep — the favourite of many betting sites before the clash — run away with the trophy.

The Romanian wonder picked up where she left off in the semi-final against Angelique Kerber despite negotiating with a niggling ankle injury, and the first set went the distance. Wozniacki, fortunately, held her ground and broke Halep’s serves, winning the tiebreak 7-2.

Halep then went into overdrive and forced the third set. She used her powerful serves set up easy winners. Wozniacki could not stop her opponent and was forced to take the match to the tense third set.

Fans were starting to smell another epic finale when Halep led 4-3 in the clincher, and that they got in another form. They bore witness to the Danish star winning the match’s last three sets through skill and grit.

The final game saw Halep crack under the pressure and commit her first double fault of the match. Fans saw 45 seconds of pure beauty and skill as Wozniacki wins the championship point with a powerful forehand volley.

The now-World No1 broke down to the ground after seeing her opponent send the ball into the net. Everyone was standing, recognizing and applauding the special game these two brilliant ladies played.

Halep was disappointed in her loss but congratulated her opponent: “Of course I’m sad I couldn’t win today, but Caroline was better than me. But of course, I’ll fight, and I have many years to go so hopefully I will face another challenge like I did today.”

Meanwhile, the first Danish player to win a major singles title was thankful for the moment.”To be here today is a dream come true,” said Wozniacki to the crowd. “It’s a very emotional moment. The fans have been incredible all week, thanks everybody for coming out and supporting us. It’s been an incredible two weeks.”

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This is a Classic Battle You Shouldn’t Miss!

Australian Open Men’s Singles Final

Roger Federer (SUI) vs Marin Cilic (CRO)

The Australian Open reaches its climax with a classic battle between two of the ATP’s finest!

Chung Hyeon had taken online betting fans on a magical ride, but his unfortunate retirement quickly ended what was supposed to be another masterclass performance by Federer. He reminded everyone why the 36-year-old is still the man to beat and is the favourite among betting websites at -2.50 @ 2.28.

Cilic gets a boost from Asian Handicap betting, with a +1.50 handicap promising 2.47 to punters. The younger Croat may look like the biggest underdog when placed side by side to Roger, but he is more than ready to take the fight to the multi-Grand Slam winner.

Cilic quickly dispatched Kyle Edmund in the semi-finals and came out victorious out of a tense struggle with Rafael Nadal. While we can see his unusually long matches in the tournament as signs of his inconsistency, we can also peruse it as a testament to his strong mental condition throughout the tilt.

Meanwhile, Federer continues to defy age with every win. All of his matches in the tournament (save his most recent bout with Chung) were settled in quick, successive sets. The Swiss’ razor-sharp game will be a huge threat to Cilic.

What Cilic needs to do is to force Federer to play his game. He needs to outplay him in the serves, stop him from getting into his rhythm and continuously disrupt him. While these tasks sound gargantuan in nature, these things are the least he can do to at least secure an upset.

Whatever happens, I’m sure that this final will be one a lot of fans will be talking about. This tournament has been a blast, and I’m sure the grand finale will be a treat!

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It’s the Fight for a First Grand Slam Title!

Australian Open Women’s Singles Final

Simona Halep vs Caroline Wozniacki

World No.1 meets World No.2 in a high-stakes live betting affair that will give the winner her first-ever Grand Slam title.

Both online betting darlings haven’t won a major singles trophy, but that is about to end for one of them as the Australian Open title is now up for grabs. There’s also the incentive of topping the WTA rankings, with Wozniacki able to topple Halep with the victory.

While most fans would easily favour the top-seeded Halep to reign supreme, betting odds suggest that the matchup will be a tight one that could well go down as a classic.

Wozniacki made a strong statement in the semi-finals against Elise Mertens, taking down the Melbourne debutant in straight sets. Mertens tried to fight back in the second frame, but Wozniacki showed that she’s ready for the big event as she displayed consistency and held her nerves to win.

Halep, meanwhile, displayed a near flawless performance in the quarter-finals against Karolina Pliskova. Sure enough, she had a hard time against former No.1 Angelique Kerber—needing three sets, 35 games and almost two and half hours to secure her ticket to this stage—but she proved in that match that she’s no longer the player that chokes on important battles.

Considering their head-to-head record, Wozniacki has the edge. The Dane won their last three meetings, the latest in the WTA Finals in Singapore where she took down the Romanian in just 14 games.

Rest could also play a role in this final given that Halep had a more taxing semi-final as compared to Wozniacki.

Nonetheless, Halep is the highest-rated female star for a reason. Her mentality has always been an issue, but she has been a lot more positive recently as seen in her brilliant performance and much-improved body language in the tournament.

Not to mention that she packs more power—a weapon that could be the decisive factor considering that they can both run and chase down balls.

Indeed, this is anyone’s game now. However, while Wozniacki is capable, I like the chances of Halep winning on Game Handicap -2.50 @ 2.02 especially with the visible improvements she has shown so far.

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Can Super Chung Shock Betting Odds Once More?

Chung Hyeon is the newest darling of tennis fans and sports betting circles around the world after becoming the first South Korean to reach a Grand Slam semi-final.

While the illustrious trophy is still far from reach, betting websites and casual watchers are looking at the 21-year-old with great interest.

Of course, there’s the match between Marin Cilic and Kyle Edmund, but all eyes are fixated on the duel between Chung and Roger Federer.

Marin Cilic (CRO) vs Kyle Edmund (GBR)

Cilic is the heavy favourite to end up as a finalist at the Rod Laver Arena, but Kyle Edmund will do everything in his power to upset the party.

Kyle Edmund kicked Grigor Dimitrov out of the tournament in four sets in relative ease. Meanwhile, Cilic got a bit of a boost from Rafael Nadal’s injury to get himself to the Last Four.

I still think Cilic will win this match, but Edmund should be able to steal a set or two. Punters should look at Cilic’s -1.50 Asian Handicap for 1.70.

Chung Hyeon (KOR) vs Roger Federer (SUI)

Young Gun Chung is more than excited to be at this stage of the tournament than anyone else in the world. He said that he’s ready to play whoever won between Federer and Tomas Berdych.

I hope he’s ready for a tough fight as Federer looks as timeless as ever. Save his tough clash with Alexander Sverev, the Swiss champion won all of his games in straight sets.

I expect a fantastic game between this two, given how Chung scrapped for every point in this tournament so far. I won’t be surprised if Federer takes the other Finals spot, but I’ll be more than happy to see Chung stand on top.

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Will There Be Giant Killings in the Aussie Open?

Australian Open Women’s Singles SF

The top two seeds meet two strong semi-finalists in what is anticipated to be an action-packed sports betting affair in Melbourne.

Online gambling favourites Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki are predicted to dominate; but as what we have seen from Elise Mertens and Angelique Kerber so far, they are more than capable of pulling off a live betting upset.

Elise Mertens vs Caroline Wozniacki

Caro is two matches away to her first-ever Grand Slam title, so fans can expect her to go all out from here on.

Mertens, however, poses a huge threat to the hopeful Dane. Not only is the Belgian playing clean, aggressive tennis, but she also appears to be in a better form given the fact that she hasn’t dropped a single set in the tournament—even against the fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina.

Experience and defence will be Wozniacki’s primary weapons in this game, but she needs to avoid falling on the same trap as Svitolina, who retreated to a defensive style and played many of her shots safely.

I think this fight will go the distance, but I like the chances of Mertens on Money Line Odds that pays 2.63 given that she has the rest advantage over Wozniacki.

Angelique Kerber vs Simona Halep

Kerber showed everyone that she still has much left on her tank after destroying the big-hitting Madison Keys in just 51 minutes.

Her return game and defence are at their peak as proven by the fact that Keys was not able to hit even one service ace in their quarter-final meeting—that’s after the American had 26 aces in her first four matches in Melbourne.

World No.1 Halep will like her chances given her consistency in the tournament. It will also add to her confidence that she has dominated Kerber on outdoor hard court, 4-1. Nonetheless, what’s worrying about the Romanian is her habit of choking when it comes to the big games.

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