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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Last but not Least: Gear Up For an Exciting Battle in Beijing!

China Open Women’s Singles

The last of the four Premier Mandatory events is set to kickoff this weekend, and it promises to be just as exciting, with the online betting favourites determined to get their games going in preparation for next month’s live betting showdown in Singapore.

Not to mention that there are also stars aiming to solidify their places in the WTA Finals, and the China Open is their biggest chance to turn around the betting odds in their favour.

World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, and Elina Svitolina will be playing their final tournament of the regular season in Beijing, and they will all hope for a strong showing to boost their confidence ahead of the annual end-of-the-season tour championship.

Muguruza will be particularly motivated to show her fitness after recently picking up a left leg injury, while Halep will be keen to bounce back from her latest struggles.

French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and Caroline Wozniacki are also on the hunt for an appearance in the Lion City three weeks from now, and they are poised to cement their places in Beijing, especially after their solid displays in their respective Asian tours.

Meanwhile, Johanna Konta is in a tricky position at no. 8 in the Race to Singapore leaderboard, and the likes of Kristina Mladenovic, CoCo Vandeweghe and Sloane Stephens all have the chance to overtake the British No. 1 when they step on the hard court of the China Open.

Wildcards Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard will also feature in the Asian competition, and they will look to prove that they are in the tournament not only due to their drawing power but also because of what they can do on the tennis court.

On the other hand, Chinese players Peng Shuai, Zhang Shuai, and Wang Qiang, as well as wildcard entrants Zhu Lin, Wang Yafan and Duan Ying-Ying will seek to use their home court advantage to make a deep run and pull off some upsets against the other highly-touted participants.

Just like the other three mandatories this year that saw three different champions, the China Open is shaping up to be another unpredictable contest. However, that should only add up to the drama of what is already anticipated to be an eventful affair at the National Tennis Center.

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