Title: A few betting gems after the Oz Open
Date: January 30th 2014
Did you see the first tennis Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open?
Two odds-on favourites…
One first-time major winner…
Wawrinka at 50/1 in the men’s singles.
And another champion winning at a tasty double-figure price as Na Li took the women’s title at upwards of 16/1.
So now the dust has settled, I asked the brains behind the Tennis Betting Service I run to give you his take on the action Down Under.
There’s bound to be some betting gems you can pick-up from this lot…
Stick the 4 Players to Watch mentioned further down this email in your diary (or smartphone!) as they could easily be winning in the future at jaw-dropping odds.
Australian Open (Men)
In lifting the trophy, Stanislas Wawrinka at 51 (50/1) did upset previous Grand Slam form.
But there were some distinct trends you can use for your future betting…
The seedings were proved accurate as 7 of the top 8 seeds made the Quarter- Finals (only Del Potro – subsequently diagnosed with a wrist injury – failed to make the latter stages).
What’s more, the No.1 seed, Rafael Nadal, did make the final… and but for an injury may well have won.
And despite being available at 51, Wawrinka was still inside the top ten of the betting, in a field of 128.
The usual questions re-appeared. Like the age of Federer and the health of Nadal. But the domination of the ‘Big Four’ is still far from over.
Three of them (Nadal, Federer and, a not 100% match-fit, Murray were all drawn in the same half of the draw) making the kind of upset we saw, much more likely.
Short-term player to watch: Grigor Dimitrov
This guy has long been touted as ‘one for the future’… and a career best effort (lost to Nadal in QFs) showed a definite improvement. With confidence and consistency he can become a top 10 player.
Long-term player to watch: Nick Kyrgios
The Aussie youngster is a player to watch in the coming years. Still a teenager, don’t expect too much in the next 12-18 months… but he looks a talent, especially on hard courts.
Right. What about the women?
Australian Open (Women)
As for the women, the big news was the premature demise of Serena Williams, the 17-time major winner. She was beaten in the Quarter-Finals.
And in winning the title, Na Li confirmed her standing as a credible Grand Slam winner and franked the form of recent Australian Open champions.
Even despite the loss of the shorter-priced favourite (Williams was 1.72) this event produced less of a surprise than the men’s event.
But only in terms of the winner.
Compared to the men, only 3 of the top 8 seeds made the Quarter-Finals.
So it followed previous performance data which shows the women’s game to be more volatile than the men.
Short-term player to watch: Simona Halep
The Romanian has now secured a top 10 ranking and aged just 22, she’s fully capable of rising further. Watch out for her in the upcoming clay court season.
Long-term player to watch: Eugenie Bouchard
A run to the SFs cemented the 19-year-old Canadian’s reputation as one to keep an eye on. She’s now made the top 20 in the WTA rankings… and is expected to climb a lot further.
Well, despite some notable surprises, the ‘cream still rises to the top’ in the majors.
And whilst this trend should lead any form student to focus their attention at the top of the betting market…
Be very careful!
Backing players at odds-on in the outright market remains a poor value play.
Of course, as we’ll see later in the year with Nadal at the French Open, there are exceptions. But these are rare.
Anyway, that’s a bit of a catch-up from my tennis brains… just to prove my portfolio of services aren’t just about racing.
The next time I open the doors to my Tennis Betting Service…
Like I did before the Australian Open…
I’ll give you a shout and invite you in.