Geared for the Last 8: Here Comes the Best in Melbourne!

Australian Open Women’s Singles QF

The Australian Open is down to the last eight, and it’s brewing to be an exciting sports betting affair as top players and live betting darlings Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova headline the event.

Angelique Kerber, Madison Keys, Elise Mertens, and Carla Suarez Navarro are also in, and they can’t be counted out as they are all resolute on upsetting online gambling and showing they have what it takes to be in the conversation among the game’s elite.

Elina Svitolina vs Elise Mertens

Elina Svitolina is clearly in the zone right now, winning her last two in straight sets all while dropping just a combined seven games.

The 23-year-old Ukrainian is poised for a breakthrough moment now; and given that she’s serving at a high level and playing cleanly with few unforced errors, it’s doubtful Elise Mertens, who has shown some inconsistency the last time out, can put up much of a fight. Place your bet on Svitolina -1.50 @ 1.77.

Caroline Wozniacki vs Carla Suarez Navarro

Caroline Wozniacki has never won a major singles title, so she will certainly be determined to maintain her excellent form this time in hopes of lifting the Aussie Open silverware.

The Dane has been on a tear since her narrow escape in the second round—winning her last two matches in straight sets—and will be hard to beat. Carla Suarez Navarro, however, should be able to at least make things interesting, especially after her comeback victory over Anett Kontaveit that earned her a ticket to this stage.

I predict Caro to win, but I think the match will go the distance. With that said, Suarez Navarro on +1.50 @ 2.31 is the way to go for me.

Angelique Kerber vs Madison Keys

These two have played seven times already, with Angelique Kerber winning six of those meetings. Nonetheless, they haven’t fought in two years and it’s evident that Madison Keys is a much more consistent and stronger player now.

Kerber is capable of handling the power of Keys, but the issue is how much she has left following her three-setter against giant-killer Hsieh Su-Wei.

On the other hand, Keys is yet to drop a set and made easy work of World No.8 Caroline Garcia, hitting 32 winners including nine aces in their round of 16 matchup.

Simona Halep vs Karolína Plíšková

Ranked as the World No.1, Simona Halep has a lot to prove. Fortunately, she’ll head into this match with a fresh pair of legs after needing just an hour and 20 minutes to repel No.72 and Japanese rising star Naomi Osaka.

That should prove beneficial when she meets Karolina Pliskova, who had a hard time against Barbora Strycova. The Romanian star will also find confidence from the fact that Pliskova has beaten her just once in their six meetings.

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The Greatest of Greats are Back to Delight!

Australian Open Men’s Singles QF

Every tennis and sports betting fan knows how dominant Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been, so it’s undoubtedly a great live betting treat that we’ll be able to witness them in another grand slam quarter-finals…and maybe beyond.
The road to Australian Open glory, however, won’t be easy for them as Grigor Dimitrov, Kyle Edmund Marin Cilic, Tomas Berdych, Tennys Sandgren and Hyeon Chung all look to sway the betting odds and put an end to their domination.

Grigor Dimitrov vs Kyle Edmund
Britain’s Kyle Edmund served his way to his first-ever grand slam quarterfinal, beating Italy’s Andrea Seppi in a four-set thriller that saw him hit 25 aces.
Whether he can keep up the momentum (and the production) remains to be seen. Nonetheless, Grigor Dimitrov poses a tough break for the 23-year-old star considering that the Bulgarian all-rounder knows how to beat him—as seen in their recent meeting in Brisbane that ended with Dimitrov winning.
I expect Dimitrov’s experience to make the difference here, so choosing him on Asian Handicap -1.50 @ 1.65 is the best punt to make.

Rafael Nadal vs Marin Cilic
Marin Cilic has only dropped two sets in the competition so far, and his confidence is evident when he declared that there’s no one he can’t beat if he’s on top of his game.
The 29-year-old’s monster serving and forehand will make life hard for Rafael Nadal, who was limited to just one match in three months before the Aussie Open. Even so, the Spanish legend is adjusting well in his return to tour and should be in higher spirits with his 5-1 record against the Croatian big hitter.
This one should be close, but Cilic’s current form makes him a tempting bet on +1.50 @ 2.51.

Tomas Berdych vs Roger Federer
After taking down Marton Fucsovics in just two hours and one minute, Roger Federer looks ready for another return to the finals in Melbourne.
Tomas Berdych can tell that he is up for a tough task, admitting that he doesn’t know the “key to success” against the new and improved Federer. Also, it sure doesn’t help that he hasn’t beaten the Swiss maestro in their last eight meetings, which include a third-round encounter in this tournament last year.

Tennys Sandgren vs Hyeon Chung
No one would have predicted these two to be in the quarter-finals; but here they are now, writing the best feel-good stories of the Melbourne slam.
Both players will enter the match with elevated confidence following their surprise victories; however, it looks like Hyeon Chung has made himself the favourite in this game after pulling out the most Novak-esque performance against Djokovic himself!
Oh, the Korean phenom also met Tennys Sandgren in Auckland earlier this month, during which he beat the American in three sets.

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A Smashing Start: Sports Betting Fun in the Australian Open

The new tennis season is upon us, and that only means nothing but fantastic fun and great betting odds!

The draws have been announced, and you may have found the perfect player to cheer and bet online for, but there’s never a bad time to talk about the coming tournament and the possible upsets that may occur.

Men’s Singles

Age-old rivals start the year on top as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are the top two seeds of the tournament. Bookies also give their full support for the two tennis stars: outright odds for Federer are 2.25 while Nadal gets a decent 3.50.

Novak Djokovic is still far from his dominant self as he makes his return to the professional circuit. While I still have my doubts over his condition, bookies slap a generous 4.50 on him. Grigor Dimitrov should be in top form after winning the ATP Finals in London, thus his 8.00 rating.

Alexander Zverev (8.50) and local favourite Nick Kyrgios (13.00) are expected to make deep runs in the tournament. Stanislas Wawrinka (15.00) should be able to shake off his poor form and bounce back. Milos Raonic (29.00), Dominic Thiem (26.00), Marin Cilic (29.00) and Jack Sock (67.00) could also make strong runs in the competition.

Fans can expect to see lightning-fast action from these men as they try to start the season on the right note.

Women’s Singles

Defending champion Serena Williams won’t be playing in Melbourne, so the women’s title is open for the rest of the field.

Simona Halep is the top seed in the bracket, but the bookies favour someone else. Elina Svitolina gets 4.50 outright due to her stunning form going into the tournament. She won the Brisbane International last week and outplayed Halep (5.00) in the WTA Final.

Angelique Kerber may be struggling to find her form, but her powerful playing style is still looked at by many to thrive in open court situations. Her 5.00 outright odds is a testament to her skill.

Gabriñe Muguruza (5.00) and her explosive shots are expected to make opponents suffer, and WTA Finals winner Caroline Wozniacki (9.00) is expected to carry over the momentum she got last year.

Maria Sharapova would like to erase the memories of her doping scandal post-Melbourne 2016 with a title. Fans can expect the Russian to scrap it out with the tough draw she finds herself in.

While these ladies will give Australians a show, it’s important to not forget the underdogs. Johanna Konta (15.00), Sloane Stephens (23.00), Jelena Ostapenko  (21.00) and Coco Vandeweghe (21.00) will try to usurp the hegemony by making their presence known. Venus Williams (23.00) will also try to keep the trophy within the family for another year.

It will be a big rumble for the women’s title, and I can’t wait to see how this plays out.

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