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Betting Odds for the 2021 Australian Open Women’s Singles Title With Contender Analysis
All signs suggest that the 2021 Australian Open will go on as scheduled between January 18 and 31. The first Grand Slam of the year could tell us a lot about the balance of power in female tennis, as it should be the first one in a while where most of the top players will participate.
The early odds for the Australian Open 21 Women’s Singles are already out there, so let’s take a quick look at them to start with.
The lack of a clear favorite is hardly a surprise. Ever since Serena Williams entered the late years of her career and loosened her grip over the tour, we’ve seen a bunch of players who won major tournaments.
That’s why they are many potential winners of the Australian Open 2021 Women’s Singles. Let’s take a look at them.
There were some doubts on whether Naomi Osaka would travel to Melbourne in 2021, but the Japanese star recently confirmed that she will be part of the Australian Open.
That automatically makes her one of the favorites for the trophy because she has been one of the top players on hard courts in the past several years.
Osaka won the Australian Open in 2019 and looked very strong in her last Grand Slam, lifting the US Open 2020. The Japanese returned back to her best after struggling for about a year and that’s bad news for the rest of the field.
She can beat anyone on the tour and her aggressive style would be hard to stop in Australia.
What Iga Swiatek did in the 2020 French Open was absolutely phenomenal. The Polish teenager dominated the competition and won the title without dropping a set.
It was a huge statement that female tennis has a new star and it’s interesting to see if Swiatek can keep going strong in Australia. The prodigy’s goal is to win all four Grand Slams eventually and I wouldn’t put it past her.
The youngster reached the 4th round of the Australian Open last year when she was only 18. With one more year of experience and the confidence gained from winning her maiden major, I expect Swiatek to challenge for the title this time around.
After storming the tennis world in 2019, Ashleigh Barty decided against playing in Europe for the second part of 2020 and she lost a bit of her momentum.
It has been a difficult decision to make but unfortunately I will not be competing in Europe this year. Last year’s French Open was the most special tournament of my career so this is not a decision I have made… https://t.co/Tyh2yKEHxV— Ash Barty (@ashbarty) September 8, 2020
The Australian star will be back for her home Grand Slam tournament and she certainly is one of the likely winners in Melbourne.
Barty reached the semifinals in the previous edition and the early Australian Open 2021 women’s winner odds place her among the best four players once again. She has all the tools to go all the way and the main question if she will be close to her top form after such a lengthy absence.
The world number one missed a lot of tournaments and could be rusty. On the other hand, Barty had all the time in the world to prepare for the competition and we could see her best from day one.
I’m not sure if we would ever see Serena Williams winning another Grand Slam, but I simply can’t rule her out completely. The tennis icon has been competitive for the past two or three years, and it always feels like she was just a step or two away from another big triumph.
I believe that Serena should be strong in 2021 as well and that’s probably the last season in which she has a realistic chance of lifting another major.
She enters the Australian Open as one of the players that deserve to be in the conversation. Williams can beat anyone if she’s having a good day at the office and the big question here is if she will have the consistency to go all the way.
I don’t think that will be the case, but I still expect a deep run and you should never underestimate champions of her caliber.
Next in line is Bianca Andrescu who wasn’t active in 2020 because of various injuries. The Canadian had a breakout season in 2019 and won the last Grand Slam she played in, dominating the competition in the 2019 US Open.
Andreescu looked excellent in the process and she obviously is a force to be reckoned with on hard courts. She has been preparing for the Australian Open 2021 and looks ready to make a big return.
I’m not sure if she is among the top contenders for the title, but she certainly is one of the players that have a shot at winning.
I love Simona Halep’s balanced style and the Romanian is one of the few Australian Open 2021 challengers who are in the prime years of their careers. The problem is that she has never won a Grand Slam title on hard courts.
Reaching the final in Melbourne in 2018 is her best achievement, but Halep also has a semifinal here last year. She has been one of the most consistent players on the tour and you should always expect a strong run.
2021 Australian Open Sleepers for the Women’s Title
I went through the likely winners of the 2021 Australian Open Women’s Singles, but there are a bunch of other players that could impress in the tournament.
The likes of Sofia Kenin, Garbine Muguruza, and Amanda Anisimova are always capable of raising the bar. Victoria Azarenka had a strong return to the elite in 2020 and players such as Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova, and Belinda Bencic could be up there too.
The teenage sensation Cori Gauff will eventually win a Grand Slam and Jennifer Brady was excellent during the US Open 2020, so they are in there too.
The early Australian Open 2021 women’s winner odds for some of the sleepers are insane, so they should be considered by anyone who’s looking for a good bet.
Based on what we’ve seen in the past couple of years, it won’t be a complete shock if a relatively unknown player storms the scene either. It’s just the nature of female tennis lately and that makes it so much fun.
It’s really hard to predict who’s going to win the Australian Open 2021 with so many players in the mix. Who’s your favorite and do you agree with my top favorites for the first Grand Slam of the season? Let me know in the comments below.
Also, make sure to check out our tennis picks section when the competition starts. I will cover plenty of matches from the 2021 Australian Open there.