Ray Flanagan previews the Ladies Australian Open
A few for an interest at the Ladies Australian Open Tennis which commences today.
Madison was touted from an early stage as a potential future champion and while her progression has arguably halted a little in recent years there are reasons to believe this could be her time. 2017 was arguably her best year on the tour enjoying a productive late summer/autumn campaign which seen her win the event at Stanford along with having a fine run at Flushing Meadows getting to the final of the US Open.
Reportedly troubled with a wrist injury she has played very little tennis since which would normally be a concern, however a recent media interview would go some way to easing concerns as Keys reports herself to be in fine fettle following the break and that her wrist has strengthened in the interim. Provided she survives the early rounds she could go deep in the tourney and looks the pick of the current prices.
Kerber was arguably the best player on tour back in 2016 which included taking the the title in Melbourne beating Serena Williams in a classic final. Things did not go her way in 2017 but she looks to have rediscovered the magic recently winning the warm up event in Sydney last week. Serious contender and will be hard to beat if finding her 2016 form.
Caroline Wosniacki– Often the bridesmaid and never the bride yet in a major, but she appears top be taking her game up a level in recent months. Prolific performer at the lower ranking events but has never been good enough yet on the biggest stages. Her form though in late 2017 was very strong and she showed she is in top condition coming here with a solid display to make the final in Auckland. Has the easier side of the draw and likely to post her best performance yet at Melbourne how ever far that takes her.
26-year old Italian looks the best of the outsiders. Often needed to qualify previously to play in the bigger events which gave her a tough task to really challenge at those tournaments. Took some notable scalps in the summer of 2017 though and has carried that form into 2018 judging by her excellent play at Sydney last week where she beat some top opposition before losing to Kerber in the semi’s. Could go deep in the tourney at a big price.
1 pt ew-Madison Keys- 20-1 General- 1/2 odds (1-2)
1 pt Keys to win Quarter 2- 7-1 bet 365
2 pts ew-Kerber- 11-1 Ladbrokes
0.5 pts ew-Camila Gyorgyi-80-1 Ladbrokes-1/2 odds (1-2)
1 pt win-Wosniacki-10-1 General