Australian Open Women's Betting Favourites

Australian Open 2019 Women's Favourites

The Australian Open - taking place in Melbourne from 14th to 27th January, 2019 - represents the first showpiece event of the year; one of the four coveted Grand Slams in tennis. Competition will be fierce in the women's draw as the major players aim to start their 2019 with a bang.

So let's highlight the Australian Open 2019 women's betting favourites, and see who might be getting their hands on the prestigious Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup. Bet UK also have tennis betting odds available for all grand slams this summer on our [online sportsbook].

Serena Williams To Win The Australian Open - 4/1*

While she may not have qualified for the end-of-season WTA Finals, essentially due to an infrequent playing schedule, Serena Williams is still the woman to beat at the biggest events. She holds a stunning 23 singles Grand Slam titles, and seven of them are Australian Opens, underlining just how unstoppable a force Williams has been over the last two decades. The last time we saw Serena in the limelight, she was being beaten by Japan's Naomi Osaka in the controversy-filled US Open final. If that left a bad taste in the mouth for the American, she will surely be determined to put the record straight by sweeping her rivals aside at Melbourne Park in January.

Simona Halep To Win The Australian Open - 10/1*

World number one Halep enjoyed a stellar 2018, sealing a massive French Open victory to break her Grand Slam duck, along with two other wins. A back injury denied Halep from having an even better year, but her 2018 Australian Open run - in which she reached the final - can offer her the confidence to go all the way this time out. The Romanian has proved she has what it takes to dine at tennis's top table, and this tournament offers another opportunity to solidify her top spot in the rankings.

Elina Svitolina To Win The Australian Open - 12/1*

Svitolina can be seen as the 'in-form' player on the women's circuit, after her WTA Finals triumph in Singapore. And so odds as long as 16/1, which are available for an Australian Open victory, might be seen as generous. That kind of price might be down to the fact that a last eight finish remains the furthest the Ukrainian has progressed in any of the four Grand Slams. But the way she marched to the title at the WTA Finals, dispatching five of the world's best in the process, has proved that Svitolina has the ruthless streak needed to contend at the biggest events.

Angelique Kerber To Win The Australian Open - 15/2*

Kerber is one of the ladies who appeared to have run out of steam by the time the WTA Finals came along, as she went out in the group stage. That might be excusable after a long 2018 which saw her triumph at Wimbledon. Kerber is also a former Australian Open winner, and she will be hoping to replicate her 2016 triumph which saw her beat Serena Williams in the final. This formidable competitor has reaped the benefits of a remodelled training regime and has to be seen as one of the serious challengers to current Australian Open champion, Caroline Wozniacki.

Caroline Wozniacki To Win The Australian Open - 18/1*

Fresh off the back of the most successful year of her career so far, Wozniacki can no longer be accused of lacking the fortitude to claim the biggest prizes. Since claiming the 2018 Australian Open, which followed her 2017 WTA Finals crown, she has cemented her status as one of the elite by taking the spoils at the Beijing Open. There is, however, one major cloud of doubt hanging over her title defence, as it was revealed the Dane is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Assuming she can attain a degree of match fitness, it would be logical to assume that Wozniacki will do everything she can to defend her Australian Open title with distinction in Melbourne.

Naomi Osaka To Win The Australian Open - 10/1*

Up until her memorable US Open win in September, Osaka's most successful return at a Grand Slam was a fourth-round finish. That came in last year's Australian Open, suggesting that Osaka can be a force on the hard courts once again as she aims to build on her incredible achievement in New York, when she beat Serena Williams to become the first player from Japan to win a Grand Slam. Osaka's charming candidness off court belies an aggressive playing style that could be a handful for any of the other contenders for this year's Australian Open.

Which woman can lay down a marker for 2019 by claiming one of tennis's four 'crown jewels'? We won't have to wait long to find out. If you’re planning to bet on the 2019 Australian Open women’s winner, there are some great players to get behind.

*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.

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