The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam tournament of the tennis season and it takes place each year from the middle to the end of January. It is the first of the four Grand Slam events and the other three are of course the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
This opening tournament takes place each year at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne and betting on the tournament has proven to be hugely popular. Bookmakers always provide an array of betting markets so punters can take an ante-post punt on who they think will win the tournament outright, while other markets include live betting in-running on individual matches, as well as odds on who will win the next point, game or set of a particular match!
When considering an ante-post bet on the outright winner, it is well worth noting that Serena Williams have enjoyed great success in the tournament. She has struggled with injuries in recent years and might be found at slightly longer odds than you would expect, while there could be value in backing an outsider as there have been some surprise packages reaching the final in recent years, including Li Na and Dinara Safina.
|2001||Jennifer Capriati||Martina Hingis||6-4, 6-3|
|2002||Jennifer Capriati||Martina Hingis||4-6, 7-6, 6-2|
|2003||Serena Williams||Venus Williams||7-6, 3-6, 6-4|
|2004||Justine Henin||Kim Clijsters||6-3, 4-6, 6-3|
|2005||Serena Williams||Lindsay Davenport||2-6, 6-3, 6-0|
|2006||Amelie Mauresmo||Justine Henin||6-1, 2-0 ret.|
|2007||Serena Williams||Maria Sharapova||6-1, 6-2|
|2008||Maria Sharapova||Ana Ivanovic||7-5, 6-3|
|2009||Serena Williams||Dinara Safina||6-0, 6-3|
|2010||Serena Williams||Justine Henin||6-4, 3-6, 6-2|
|2011||Kim Clijsters||Li Na||3-6, 6-3, 6-3|
|2012||Victoria Azarenka||Maria Sharapova||6-3, 6-0|
|2013||Victoria Azarenka||Li Na||4-6, 6-4, 6-3|
1. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)
2. Maria Sharapova (Russia)
3. Serena Williams (USA)
4. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland)
5. Angelique Kerber (Germany)
6. Li Na (China)
7. Sara Errani (Italy)
8. Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)
9. Samantha Stosur (Australia)
10. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
11. Marion Bartoli (France)
12. Nadia Petrova (Russia)
13. Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)
14. Maria Kirilenko (Russia)
15. Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia)
16. Roberta Vinci (Italy)
The men's seeds and latest odds can be found by clicking here.
Betting on Wimbledon is one of the most popular betting opportunities in the tennis calendar and betting on ladies singles has increased in popularity in recent years. Star names likes Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters have helped to increase interest in the women's game.
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