AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2022 – PLAYERS TO WATCH: WOMEN

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The first Grand Slam of 2022 is almost here! Who are the players to look out for on the women’s side of the draw?

Here’s our top five players to watch for the Australian Open, according to Betfair’s tennis analyst Ace Previews.


Won the US Open without facing a Top 10 player, and struggled in her tournaments the close out the year. Missed the December exhibitions with a diagnosis of COVID-19. Looks too short for mine at $22 in the outright market.


 

Former champion in Melbourne who has largely been forgotten about given injury, form and coaching changes in 2021. Back with her father in the prime coaching spot, she seems a solid back-to-lay prospect at triple figure odds.


With Karolina Pliskova withdrawing, Krejcikova looks to have sewn up the 4th seed here. Not sure she should be longer odds than the likes of Sakkari, Swiatek and Raducanu.


Given she has been back in Australia for months and able to train, I don’t foresee her drifting significantly in the market. Looked more comfortable in the night session conditions last year, and she will receive plenty of prime time slots. Semi Finals in prime time instead of the day session also helps her cause.


The big knock on her is her lack of experience deep in a grand slam. Whilst she went on a big run late in 2021 to qualify for the WTA finals, most of the other top players were largely inactive in that time, helping her cause. Shouldn’t be shorter than Badosa/Krejcikova and others.

BETTING STRATEGY:

BACK (WIN): ASHLEIGH BARTY

LAY (POTENTIALLY LAY TO BACK): EMMA RADUCANU

BACK TO LAY: BARBORA KREJCIKOVA

BACK TO LAY: SOFIA KENIN


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