2011 Australian Open Betting Tips

As the clash of the tennis titans at Melbourne approaches, the focus will be on the possible contenders for the men’s and women’s singles titles.

Men’s Singles Betting Tips

Roger Federer

Roger Federer comes into the 2011 AustralianOpen as the antepost favourite in the betting markets and the reigning champion. While Federer only won one Grand Slam in 2010, he finished the year on a high, beating arch-rival Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals.

That result will have laid to rest doubts over Federer’s commitment to playing at the highest level, and indicated that the Swiss is as hungry as ever for major victories. Federer is priced at around 2/1 by most bookies, which means the only way to score off him in the outright Australian Open betting markets is to take a straight back bet.

At a price this low, many punters will be tempted to lay Federer at Betfair, banking on his failure to retain the Australian Open.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal enters the 2011 AustralianOpen on the verge of a major career achievement. If Nadal claims his second AustralianOpen title inMelbourne at the end of January, he’ll join a small elite of men’s tennis players who have won all four Grand Slams in succession.

Prior to the ATP World Tour Finals there would have been few bets against Nadal pulling off this feat. With a maiden US Open title beneath his belt, along with two other Grand Slam titles and a bundle of Masters Series titles, Nadal looked unbeatable. However, the Spainiard was shown the exit by Federer in the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals, and beating Federer is likely to be his biggest challenge at the 2011 Australian Open.

Priced at around 2/1 by most bookies, Nadal only provides value for straight back bets, and that’s doubtless where the majority of Australian Open betting money will go ahead of this tournament.

Andy Murray

Andy Murray had an indifferent season in 2010, picking up a clutch of titles towards the end of the season after failing to make an impression earlier in the year. Murray remains without a Grand Slam victory in his career, and will again be seeking to score a maiden Grand Slam victory on his favoured hard courts.

While Murray certainly has the potential to beat either Federer or Nadal, a look at the draw reveals that the Scot would probably have to play and beat both of his main rivals to take the title in Melbourne. We don’t see this happening, and Murray might need a lower-seeded player to do him a favour by knocking either Federer or Nadal out of the mix.

Priced at 6/1 at Paddy Power, Murray is the first of the top three in the 2011 Australian Open betting markets priced within range of an each-way bet that would pay out a profit if he made the final.

Women’s Singles Betting Tips

With Serena Williams out of the mix in the 2011 Australian Open women’s draw, the way is wide open for the top players in the WTA Tour to claim the absent champion’s crown. Kim Clijsters has been priced the antepost favourite, but will face stiff competition from the likes of Caroline Wozniacki and Justine Henin as she sets out to claim another Grand Slam title.

Kim Clijsters

KimClijsters is in pole position ahead of the 2011 Australian Open after taking another US Open title on hard courts at the end of 2010. The Belgian has a power game that few players on the WTA can counter, and you’d have to back her to beat the more technical approach of the likes of Henin and Wozniacki.

However, Clijsters has never done better than reach the final of the Australian Open and could easily fall foul of the upsets that frequently happen in the women’s draw at the Grand Slams.

While William Hill has a great price of 9/4 on offer for Clijsters, the Belgian is not priced within range of an each way bet, and you’ll have to go all or nothing to make a profit off her in the 2011 Australian Open outright betting markets.

Justine Henin

Justine Henin last won in Melbourne in 2004, and is the only player in the draw, besides Maria Sharapova, to have won an Australian Open title. The Belgian hasn’t quite managed to recapture her former glory since returning from retirement, and claimed just two lower tier titles in 2010 after losing in the final of the AustralianOpen.

With Serena Williams not in the draw, Henin must fancy her chances of making the final. Nevertheless, the Belgian is not as confident as she once was and looks very vulnerable to an upset at the 2011 AustralianOpen.

We’d therefore suggest laying Henin at Betfair – a betting option that would pay a profit if Henin failed to win the tournament.

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki enters the 2011 AustralianOpen as the reigning WTA world number one. The Dane is one of a succession of players to have reached this spot without having won a Grand Slam title, and will want to avoid the fate of the likes of Dinara Safina and Jelena Jankovic who were unable to win a Grand Slam when they headed the tour rankings.

Wozniacki has a very poor record in Grand Slams, having reached just one final while failing to progress beyond the quarterfinals of any of the Grand Slams other than the US Open. With this sort of record there will be plenty of self-doubt plaguing the Dane in Melbourne in 2011 and her odds of 7/1 look like a good indication of her prospects in the tournament.

However, Wozniacki certainly has the talent to reach the final even if a Grand Slam win is still in the distance. At odds of 7/1 at Paddy Power, she tempts for an each way bet that would pay out 7/4 if she reached the final but lost.