WHO will win the 2019 Australian Open?
There is plenty of water to go under the bridge before we can answer that question.
The first round of singles matches begins Monday, January 14, and it might be your best chance to see the local hopes in action.
Teen sensation Alex de Minaur is one of eight Aussie men scheduled to play on day one, while Ashleigh Barty is the star attraction in the women’s draw.
Let’s see where the money is headed at Australia’s best online bookmakers.
Australian Open Multi of the Day
- Marin Cilic to win
- Tomas Berdych to win
- Donna Vekic to win
- Jelena Ostapenko to win
Marin Cilic vs. Bernard Tomic
Not many noticed, but Tomic finished 2018 with a couple of titles on the lower-tier tours.
Does that mean he can hang with a guy who made it all the way to final at Melbourne Park last year?
In a word: no.
Cilic has hit peak form over the last couple of years and should have no problem against a guy who always gives up as soon as thing get tough.
Kyle Edmund vs. Tomas Berdych
Edmund made it to the final four at last year’s Australian Open, but that was as good as it got in the majors.
Although seeded 13th, the Brit has copped a nightmare draw and faces a monumental task in the opening round.
Berdych has missed the quarter finals in Melbourne only once since 2011 and has twice reached the semis.
The Czech is back in action after an injury-hampered 2018 and will be very hard to beat in the first week of the tournament.
Donna Vekic vs. Krystina Mladenovic
Neither of these players have especially good records at the Aus Open.
Vekic has never made it past the second round, while Mladenovic has lost her opening game in three of the past five years.
The latter has a 2-0 advantage in the head-to-head stakes, but the former has shown much better touch with a run to the semis in Brisbane.
Back the young Croat to make a statement with a convincing win first up.
Maria Sakkari vs. Jelena Ostapenko
Was Ostapenko’s French Open win just a flash in the pan?
Consistency is not the Latvian’s strong suit, but let us not forget that she has also gone to the last four at Wimbledon.
Sakkari got to the third round at the Australian Open in 2017 – her best-ever finish in the majors – but was ousted in her first game last year.
The Greek starts as the favourite, but Ostapenko looks excellent value at those odds.
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