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Australian Open Early Odds and Predictions

Australian Open Odds And Predictions

The start of a new year usually means that the first Grand Slam tournament of the year in tennis is just around the corner, and tennis fans all over the world, flock to Melbourne, Australia, for the Australian Open. Last year, Stan Wawrinka won the men's singles title, giving him his first Grand Slam title, and he will be trying to become the ninth player to win the championship in consecutive years, in the open era.

On the Women's side, Li Na won the title last year, but there will be a new champion this year, because Li Na retired from the sport in September, after suffering a knee injury at Wimbledon. 

Australian Open Odds And Predictions.

Since this is the first Grand Slam of the year, it is usually harder to make predictions about who is going to win it all, because the participants haven't played in a lot of tournaments so far. With that said, here are our Australian Open predictions.

On the men's side, Novak Djokovic, who won three Australian Opens in a row, from 2011-2013, is the favorite going into the tournament, with 1-1 odds.

Four time Australian Open champion Rodger Federer is the second favorite, at 5-1.

Three time finalist, Andy Murray, is third at 7-1.

2009 winner Rafael Nadal is fourth at 10-1.

Defending Champion Stan Wawrinka is fifth at 12-1.

On the women's side, five time winner Serena Williams is once again the favorite to win the title, at 9-4.

2008 winner, Maria Sharapova is at 5-1.

Simona Halep is at 7-1.

Caroline Wozniacki is at 9-1.

2014 Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova, is at 10-1.

On the Men's side of the tournament, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray, have combined to win 39 of the last 44 Grand Slam trophies, which is why they are favored to win over the defending champion. 

Djokovic won three in a row from 2011-2013, but lost to Wawrinka in a five set thriller in the quarterfinals last year. He ended up finishing second to Nadal at the French Open, and won at Wimbledon a few weeks after, which makes him a solid bet to be in the Australian Open finals this year. He lost in the Qatar Open, in his only tournament of the year.

Federer is getting close to the end of his record breaking career, and hasn't won an Australian Open title since 2010, but he is a player that has dominated on this surface in the past, and can't be counted out. He lost in the semifinals last year, but he just proved he still has what it takes, and he won his 1,000th career match, by defeating Milos Raonic in the 2015 Brisbane Open final.

Andy Murray has been in the Australian Open finals in three of the last five years, and plays very well at the tournament. He struggled a little last year, but still made it to at least the quarterfinals of every Grand Slam, including the Australian Open.

Rafael Nadal is the only one of the favorites that might make a quick exit at the tournament, because he was sidelined with injuries that forced him to skip the second half of the year, and is still working his way back into his old championship form. He lost his only singles event of the year in the first round of the Qatar Open.

The women's side of our Australian Open predictions is a little tougher, because the tournament hasn't been dominated by any particular person lately. Serena Williams is once again the favorite, but she has failed to make the finals in the last four years, and was eliminated in the fourth round last year. When she is at her best, she is virtually unstoppable, but when she isn't, she can be defeated.

Maria Sharapova might be the woman with the best chance to win the tournament, she was a runner up in 2012, but lost to Victoria Azarenka. With Serena's inconsistency at the Australian Open, Azarenka's injury problems, and Li Na's retirement, the trophy might be hers to take, especially since she just won the Brisbane Open.

Caroline Wozniacki had a career resurgence last year, and made it to the U.S. Open finals, where she lost to Serena Williams. She also has a good chance to win the Australian Open this year, if Serena falls early. She is coming off a loss to Venus Williams in the WTA ASB Classic finals.

My Pick: I think Novak Djokovic will defeat Rodger Federer in the men's final, and Caroline Wozniacki will defeat Maria Sharapova, to win on the women's side.

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