Federer & Muguruza Lead Australian Open 2018 Outright Odds
Date Posted: January 6, 2018
The first Grand Slam of this year will have its draw on Jan. 11 with the start of the Championship games on Jan. 15. The defending Champion Roger Federer tops the men’s Australian Open 2018 odds while Garbine Muguruza is leading the women’s division.
Unfortunately for Serena Williams fan, the seven-time winner has withdrawn from this year’s Australian Open. Her decision comes after losing her exhibition match with Jelena Ostapenko.
Federer in Top Form for the Open
Bitcoin sports betting sites base their odds on history for the first Grand Slam of 2018. Bet365 sets Federer at 3.00 while William Hill gives him 2.62. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the only ones to come close to Federer with odds of 6.00 for both on William Hill. Bet365 puts Nadal at 5.00 and Djokovic at 5.50.
Federer had great performances in 2017. One of the highlights of the year for him is in the last Australian Open where he played against Nadal for an exciting five-set match and won, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6.
Federer is currently in good form as shown by his win against Jack Sock, Yuichi Sugita, and Karen Khachanov in the recent Hopman Cup. Djokovic and Nadal, on the other hand, are only coming back to the first major after recovering from injuries. Only time can tell if the two can get back in their top form to get into the finals.
Meanwhile, the former No.1 ranking player, Andy Murray, just pulled out of the Australian Open. This is due to a hip injury which has been a problem for six months.
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Williams to skip the first Grand Slam of 2018
Serena Williams is the early favorite of sportsbooks for Australian Open 2018. Most Bitcoin sportsbooks set her odds at around 5.00 to 5.50. Unfortunately, Williams feels that she is not yet ready to play in any Grand Slam anytime soon.
Williams has been absent for the most part of 2017 because of her pregnancy. In September, she gave birth to her daughter, Alexis. Williams came back to playing tennis after a long resting period at an exhibition tournament last week in Abu Dhabi. She lost her match against Jelena Ostapenko who is the current French Open champion. The result of the match made Williams feel that she is still not back in the right form that she wants to be.
She said in a statement released by the Australian Open organizers:
“After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be. My coach and team always said ‘only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.’ I can compete — but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time. With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year.”
Garbine Muguruza takes Williams’ spot in the Bookmakers spotlight. Bet365 and William Hill put her at 7.00. Her odds come from her recent injury incident in Brisbane where she collapsed in the middle of a match due to calf cramps. The Wimbledon champion is in a race against time to get back in proper form as the draw for the first Grand Slam is just around the corner.
Angelique Kerber, the former No.1 ranking women’s tennis player, is playing in the next Australia Open. Kerber has had a disappointing year in 2017. Despite this, she is showing signs of a comeback in the Hopman Cup where she defeated Eugenie Bouchard, 3-0.