There have been eight different female winners of the Australian Open in the last decade and the changing of the guard in recent times suggests there could be another newly-crowned heroine in Melbourne this year.
Only seven-time winner Serena Williams and Viktoria Azarenka have claimed Australian Open silverware twice within the last ten years and with no dominant force in the women’s game it is no surprise to see bookmakers prepared to go 7/1 the field.
Australian Open Women’s Betting Odds
The 23-time Grand Slam champ Serena is 8/1 for more Major success but the American, now 39, is not the force of old and is without a top tier title since 2017.
Japanese star Naomi Osaka has won three of the last eight Majors - she triumphed here in 2019 - and she heads the betting at 7/1, while American ace Sofia Kenin is 10/1 to successfully defend her crown.
Australian Open Women’s Best Bets
Aryna Sabalenka to win - BET NOW
The women’s game has never been so competitive. Serena Williams' dominance is no more and each of the last six Grand Slam titles have been won by someone different.
And the trend may continue in Melbourne, where Aryna Sabelenka looks ready to make her mark in a Major.
The Belarusian is a serial winner on the WTA Tour and, despite being only 22 years of age, already has eight career titles to her name.
Sabalenka finished 2020 on a high with back-to-back titles in Ostrava and Linz and she has continued where she left off this year, reaching the final in Abu Dhabi courtesy of a number of high-profile scalps.
The world number ten dropped only one set across her five matches, overcoming the likes of Ons Jabeur, Elena Rybakina and Maria Sakkari, and at least you know she is fit and raring to go for the first Grand Slam of the season.
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Sabalenka hasn’t yet made an impact in a Grand Slam - she is yet to go beyond the fourth round - but she has the weapons to beat anyone on her day and we know she has returned to action at the top of her game.
A Grand Slam title is surely not too far away for the Belarusian, and what is to say she can’t claim her first in Melbourne.
Australian Open Women’s Long Shot
Victoria Azarenka - BET NOW
Another Belarusian with strong claims in Australia is former world number one Victoria Azarenka, who secured her only two previous Grand Slam titles in Melbourne.
Azarenka won here in back-to-back years in 2012 and 2013 and although she went off the boil for a few seasons as she struggled with injuries and gave birth to her first child, she looked back to her brilliant best in the closing stages of 2020.
Azarenka reached the final of the US Open last year - a first Grand Slam title decider since her 2013 defeat to Williams at Flushing Meadows - and her hard-hitting, aggressive style is difficult to contain when she is firing on all cylinders.
The current world number 13 reached three finals on the WTA Tour last season to suggest there is plenty of life in the 31-year-old yet. Her experience could be a key component.
Jennifer Brady to win - BET NOW
At bigger prices, American Jennifer Brady may have her say as she hunts down her first Grand Slam victory.
Brady showcased her talents as she reached the semi-finals of last season’s US Open and there should be plenty more to come from the 25-year-old, who has risen to number 24 in the world rankings.
The Pennsylvania native claimed her first WTA Tour title at Kentucky’s Top Seed Open in August last year and she reached the fourth round here in 2017.
There should be plenty more to come from the agile American and she has shown he has the game to mix it with the elite.
Australian Open Women's Tips
1. Aryna Sabalenka to win @ 12/1
2. Victoria Azarenka to win @ 20/1
3. Jennifer Brady to win @ 25/1
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