2011 Women’s Australian Open Tennis Odds, Preview, and Predictions

Last Updated: January 24th, 2011 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)

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Complete List of Women’s Australian Open Lines Can Be Found Below

Heading into Tuesday, the Australian Open odds only show eight ladies left standing for the first crown jewel of the WTA season. Each of these eight women think that they can be the ones that really get the job done to claim glory.

All eyes are going to be on Kim Clijsters (1.35 to 1 @ BetUS Sportsbook), who is the favorite to take down the title. Clijsters has a relatively favorable draw to get through the rest of this tournament, while the opposite end of the bracket is clearly incredibly tough. The No. 3 seeded player in the world has yet to drop a set, and she has been one of the most consistent women to take to the hard courts in Melbourne.

Meanwhile, the top seed, Caroline Wozniacki (3.9 to 1@ BetUS Sportsbook) continues to battle both with the media and with an incredibly tough schedule. The Dane has been the subject of two very odd media story involving a pregnancy that isn’t, and a kangaroo bite that wasn’t. However, she, too has yet to drop a set. The problem with backing Wozniacki though, is that she has never won a Grand Slam title and that she really hasn’t played anyone of any note thus far in the tournament. That’s going to change when she takes on No. 6 Francesca Schiavone (48 to 1@ BetUS Sportsbook), who does know what it’s like to win a major tournament having won the French Open last year. Schiavone is up against it though on Tuesday, as she is coming off of a hellacious three set win in which the finale was won 16-14, the longest match in the history of Grand Slam women’s tennis.

If you’re looking for feel good stories, you have to love the way that Andrea Petkovic (22 to 1@ BetUS Sportsbook) and Petra Kvitova (16 to 1@ BetUS Sportsbook) have looked thus far. They are the highest seeds remaining in the draw, but many think that their fine play can lead them to some tremendous upsets.

Should Na Li (5 to 1@ BetUS Sportsbook) beat the Australian Open lines, she would become the first Chinese woman to ever capture a Grand Slam event. She’s got a tough road in front of her though, as Petkovic and either Schiavone or Wozniacki will make for tough foes to get to the finale.

Odds to Win Women’s Australian Open @ BetUS Sportsbook (as of 1/24/11):
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Kim Clijsters 1.35 to 1
Caroline Wozniacki 3.9 to 1
Na Li 5 to 1
Vera Zvonareva 7 to 1
Petra Kvitova 16 to 1
Andrea Petkovic 22 to 1
Francesca Schiavone 48 to 1
Agnieszka Radwanska 100 to 1

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