Australian Open 2020 - Women's Favourites
The Australian Open is the grand curtain raiser of the tennis season. Taking place at Melbourne Park from Monday 20th January to Sunday 2nd February, this is the year's first Grand Slam: A chance for the sport's elite to claim one of the prestigious four majors in tennis.
Who Is Going To Win The Australian Open 2020 Women’s Title?
We have continued to be enthralled with the women's game over the past 12 months, as a long list of ladies have shown they have what it takes to win the biggest tournaments. In 2019, the four Grand Slam titles were shared among four different women. But despite this spread of talent, there are some clues as to the main contenders for this year's Australian Open, who we pick out here:
Serena Williams - 4/1 To Win The Australian Open
Why should we start with a player who hasn't won a Grand Slam since 2017? Quite simply, because she is the most successful tennis player - female or male - in the Open era. As a 23-time Grand Slam singles winner, and with seven Australian Open titles under her belt, Serena just cannot be discounted. Yes, fitness has been a concern for the decorated 38-year-old but runs to the final of both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2019 suggest that Williams is far from finished. If she arrives in Melbourne injury-free and with a point to prove - the American has what it takes to lift the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup for the eighth time.
Ashleigh Barty - 8/1 To Win The Australian Open
Barty could be your in-form pick for the 2020 Australian Open title after the Australian enjoyed an amazing 2019. The 23-year old picked up her first Grand Slam title at the French Open, before triumphing in the end of season showdown at the WTA Finals. Now, ranked at number one in the world, and with her home crowd behind her, can she lay down a marker in Melbourne? A big hard court title win at last year's Miami Open showed that Barty has what it takes to improve on her career-best Quarter-Final finish at the tournament.
Naomi Osaka - 7/1 To Win The Australian Open
It wasn't long ago that Osaka was in Andreescu's shoes. The reigning Australian Open champion shot to stardom in 2018 with her US Open win, before picking up the first Grand Slam of 2019 Down Under. Since then, Osaka has lost and then regained form. After picking up the Pan Pacific Open title, she went all the way in the China Open, on a run which includes scalps such as Barty and Andreescu. After withdrawing from the WTA Finals early with an injury, all eyes will be on Osaka's preparation for the Australian Open, to see if the holder looks in good shape for her defence.
Simona Halep - 9/1 To Win The Australian Open
Another double Grand Slam winner is Romanian Halep, who has been a consistent presence at the summit of women's tennis over the last five years. Along with the US Open, the Australian Open is one of the two Grand Slams which Halep is yet to add to her resume - but that is not to say she is a pushover on the hard courts. Halep made it to the Melbourne final in 2018, only to be beaten by the Dane Caroline Wozniacki. However, in the three years preceding, Halep didn't win a single match at the Australian Open. Remember that not many appeared to see Halep as a threat on grass courts before her Wimbledon win last year!
Australian Open Women: Best Of The Rest
Sometimes, in contrast with the men's game, there seems to be no shortage of viable contenders for the big women's tennis tournaments. That means there is a raft of other players who we shouldn't neglect to mention when weighing up the possible titlists. Let's not forget about world number six Elina Svitolina (18/1) from Ukraine, who has reached the Quarter-Finals in her two previous outings at the event, and recently came runner-up in the WTA Finals.
Then there is Karolina Pliskova (10/1) of the Czech Republic, the world number two who made the Semi-Finals last year. And how about Petra Kvitova (20/1), the two-time Wimbledon champion who lost out to Osaka in 2019's final?
We are spoiled for choice when it comes to possible bets for the Australian Open. Who will seize the initiative and claim the first big prize of 2020? You can check out all the latest tennis betting odds right here at Bet UK, including the Australian Open 2020 betting market.
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