Back Angelique Kerber To Successfully Defend Her Australian Open Title

The 2017 Ladies Australian Open gets underway in the early hours of Monday morning (UK time) and Johanna Konta is the talk of the town after winning the Sydney International on Friday, with the British number one in the same half of the draw as bookies' favourite Serena Williams (3/1 with Ladbrokes) for the opening major of the year...

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2017 Women's Australian Open    
Tips Angelique Kerber to win    Best Bet @ 9 / 2  
Agnieszka Radwanska (each way) @ 33 / 1  

Tough Draw For Williams

Williams is a six-time Australian Open champion but it is worth noting that she has won the crown just once since 2010 and her title defence ended in defeat to Angelique Kerber in last year's final.

The 22-time Grand Slam winner opens this year's edition with a tricky first round tie against the dangerous Belinda Bencic in the bottom-half of the draw and she is pencilled in to meet either Konta or Dominika Cibulkova in the quarter-finals.

Cibulkova was runner-up in Melbourne in 2014 before reaching the quarter-finals in 2015 and the Slovakian is a real danger now she is fully fit. The 27-year-old has endured a torrid time with injuries but she reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals last season and she is a 28/1 shot (Betfred).

Cibulkova did beat Konta in Hobart last January but Konta has arguably gone from strength-to-strength since then, reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open and winning two WTA Tour titles. Her latest victory in Sydney ensures she is now a 25/1 chance in what is only her second appearance in the main draw in Melbourne.

Radwanska Offers Each-Way Value

Despite losing to Konta in the Sydney final on Friday, Agnieszka Radwanska offers each-way value and it is perhaps a surprise that she is as long as 33/1 with BetVictor.com. The world number three has reached at least the quarter-finals in five of her past six appearances at the Australian Open, reaching two semi-finals, and she looks to have a decent draw.

The Pole has a relatively comfortable route to the quarter-finals were she could meet US Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova (8/1), who has never gone beyond the third round in Melbourne. Admittedly, Radwanska would need plenty to go in her favour if she were to meet Serena Williams in the semi's but she looks a decent price considering the unpredictable nature of women's tennis currently.

Kerber The Best Bet

It is Angelique Kerber who looks the best bet (9/2 with Bet Victor) as the defending champion reached three of the four Grand Slam finals last year and she looks to be the player most capable of ending Williams' dominance of the sport. Kerber won the Australian and US Open titles either side of a runner-up effort at Wimbledon and she enjoys the benefit of a kind draw.

Kerber could meet Eugenie Bouchard in the fourth round before taking on French Open champion Garbine Muguruza (10/1), who has yet to go beyond the fourth round in Melbourne, in the last-eight. From there, Simona Halep (12/1) is a potential semi-final opponent as she continues her search for a maiden slam title, while the ageing Venus Williams is also in the top-half of the draw.

At the prices, Kerber's superb major form in 2016 ensures that she is the value for a repeat win in Australia.

2017 Women's Australian Open Odds

Posted: Friday, 13th January 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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