The Australian Open is where the players can get their year off to the very best start and punters will be hoping for the same.
The best female players in the world embark on Melbourne this month where an even field has been presented. As usual, Serena Williams is the favourite but she is loose in the betting and punters are playing around the controversial star.
We have expert tournament winner tips and value picks for the 2019 Australian Open.
2019 Australian Open Women’s tournament winner tips
Serena Williams @ $5.50 – BET NOW
The 23-time grand slam winner hasn’t played since her embarrassing meltdown at the US Open where she lost to Japan’s Naomi Osaka.
That’s going to be the biggest question coming into the Australian Open but she doesn’t need a lot of practice to show her best as she simply powers her opposition off the court.
Her mental state is more of an issue, as we were shown at the US Open. Here’s hoping her coach doesn’t signal anything from upstairs, otherwise we might have another petulant performance.
For punters, taking the $5.50 gives them trading value for later in the tournament.
Angelique Kerber @ $8 – BET NOW
The 30-year-old suffered a defeat at the hands of Petra Kvitova in the Sydney International this week but she’s preparing for bigger things.
Kerber is a quality player, who took advantage of Serena Williams missing time with her pregnancy. Kerber was able to rise to #2 in the world and the left-handed player can frustrate her opposition.
She doesn’t quite show the same consistency as Williams but she is worth a play at $8 and that’s over the odds for us.
Naomi Osaka @ $12 – BET NOW
Naomi Osaka burst onto the scene by dominating Serena Williams in the 2018 US Open Final and although she has been quiet since, she looms as a potential winner of the Australian Open.
She is the kind of player who becomes tough to beat with confidence and she should have plenty of confidence coming into the next two weeks. She is currently ranked #5 in the world and despite the fact she hasn’t had a chance to back up her US Open win, she gets her chance now.
Double-figure odds for one of the sport’s rising stars is good value.
2019 Australian Open Women’s value picks
Elina Svitolina @ $14 – BET NOW
The 24-year-old is another rising star of the sport but she should have probably won a grand slam by now. The Australian Open is going to be her best chance of securing that elusive win and she looked good at the WTA Finals.
The Ukranian won the WTA Finals by beating Sloane Stephens in the final and she knocked off some good types along the way, including Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova.
She goes under the radar and that’s good for punters.
Petra Kvitova @ $17 – BET NOW
Kvitova has been consistent all season and that should hold her in good stead for the 2019 Australian Open.
She is due to play in the final of the Sydney International at the time of writing this, and that form should continue through to Melbourne.
The experienced 28-year-old has two grand slam titles to her name and also 25 singles titles. That type of experience can’t be overlooked and given the way the draw is set out, she looks a good chance to progress through to the semi-finals at worse.
Julia Goerges @ $34 – BET NOW
Julia Goerges had to pull out all stops in the final of the ASB Classic in Auckland this month and that should have her confidence sky rocketing.
It’s the second year straight that she has entered the Australian Open on the back of a win and she’s a quality professional who always goes under the radar.
She hasn’t quite had the results against the very best in the world but she will progress through to the later stages of the tournament and she could offer punters with some good value.