We now are entering into the 2016 tennis season and on the Monday the 18th of January we have the beginning of the Open in Australia which runs through Sunday the 31st of January and we are previewing the Women's singles tournament.
The 2015 season for women's tennis was that of S. Williams who passed through the best season of her career have 3 consecutive Grand Slams, and it all started at this tournament in Australia. Since she did not fare well in the 2015 U.S. Open she will be seeking to once again start a Grand Slam streak of wins.
The fans who Bet on Tennis at a sportsbook are wondering if there are any female players that have the talent and ability to stop Serena. So we take a look first at this year's favorites and yes we have to start with Serena. Her dominance in 2015 was almost unbelievable since she had 50 wins and 3 losses for the year and some 17 different single titles and 3 grand slam wins. That plus her record playing in Australia has not been the best even as she won this event last year, but that's the first time since back in the 2010 season.
Next we have M. Sharapova who was the runner-up last season for this tournament and thus this season the oddsmakers have her at +600. They believe to win this title she will have to get past Serena as in their 20 career matches she has just managed 2 wins. But should Serena exit early in this tournament, the experts think Sharapova will win the tournament. Primarily because on this type of playing surface over the past 3 seasons out of the 74 matches she entered she won some 58.
Then we have V. Azarenka whom is listed at +600 odds and another player who has struggled playing Serena and lost to her in 2015 at the Open of France and Wimbledon. In the 2015 season coming back from an injury she had an overall record of 31 wins and just 13 losses. In her 2014 year of injury she moved into 2015 and ended the season ranked at No. 22 and appeared to regain the form that helped her to win this tournament back in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Moving on to the Sleepers we have E. Nakarova who loves playing on hard surfaces for which she has a record of 48 wins and 21 losses on the hard surface, and that included her consecutive appearances in the semifinals of the U.S. Open 2014 and the Australian Open 2015. Presently ranked at 23rd and in Melbourne, Australia she has been in the top 8 for 3 of the last 4 seasons, and thus she is at +3,000 gambling odds to take home her first grand slam title in 2015.
Another would be sleeper is D. Cibulkova a Russian player that also loves the hard surface tennis courts and is at +4,000 to take the title. She happens to have an excellent track record in Australia recently as in 2014 she was 1 game shy of taking the title. In 2015 she made the quarterfinals but had the bad luck of being in the same bracket as Serena, otherwise she could have went farther.
Finally a long shot in H. Watson of British player whom her career 4 grand slam match she was not able to go further than the 3rd round, thus the reason her odds are at +8,000. But don't count her out since she loves the hard surface courts as last season she was 12-10 on the hard surface courts, then at the Hobart International in Australia she won her 2nd singles title in her career.
The online betting prediction is that S. Williams struggling with injuries will go out early in this tournament, which will allow V. Azarenka the chance to win her 3rd Open Title in Australia.