Could fiery American Sofia Kenin go back-to-back after winning the first grand slam title of her career Down Under a year ago? Will the now internationally-known advocate for equality and justice, Naomi Osaka, claim her second Australian Open title after winning it all in 2019? Could the incomparable Serena Williams cash in against her sportsbook betting odds as she seeks to equal Margaret Court’s all-time slam record of 24 majors?
With the 2021 Australian Open set to get underway on Monday, Feb. 8, it’s time to find out which WTA Tour stars could win the first major of the 2021 calendar year.
Osaka is the prohibitive online betting favorite. World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and No. 7 Aryna Sabalenka are co-favorites behind Osaka. Williams and world No. 2 Simona Halep round out the top five odds favorites at this year’s Australian Open. Now, let’s find out which players are looking good against their respective odds.
WTA Odds to Win 2021 Australian Open
Naomi Osaka +550
Ashleigh Barty +800
Aryna Sabalenka +800
Serena Williams +1000
Simona Halep +1000
Iga Swiatek +1200
Sofia Kenin +1400
Bianca Andreescu +1400
Victoria Azarenka +1400
Karolina Pliskova +1600
Garbine Muguruza +1600
Petra Kvitova +1800
Jennifer Brady +2500
Elina Svitolina +2500
Elena Rybakina +2500
Cori Gauff +2500
Belinda Bencic +3300
Veronika Kudermetova +3300
Angelique Kerber +4000
Maria Sakkari +4000
The world No. 3 went 16-4 in five events last year. Osaka reached the finals at the Western&Southern Open and won the third major of her career by claiming the hardware at the US Open to cap off her 2020 campaign.
The 23-year-old native of Japan has gone 15-4 in five appearances at the Aussie Open, although she bowed out in the third round a year ago. Osaka’s powerful groundstrokes are perfectly suited for the hard courts Down Under. More importantly, I expect Osaka to be hungry as she enters 2021 as the leading name in the women’s game today. Simply put, what’s not to like about the likable superstar’s chances to win the 2021 Australian Open?
The now, 39-year-old world No. 11 went 17-5 in 2020 with one title at the ASB Classic in New Zealand. Williams was unceremoniously bounced out of last year’s Aussie Open in the third round by the unheralded Qiang Wang. Still Williams made a nice run to the semifinals of the US Open before falling to Victoria Azarenka.
The native of Michigan who now resides in sunny Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, has won the Australian Open seven times, most recently in 2017. Williams is 88-12 all-time Down Under (88%) and has reached the quarterfinals or better five times in her last eight appearances with two wins (2015, 2017). If Williams is fit (she is) and hungry (yep), she could very well bring home the bacon.
The world No. 5 went 23-7 in 11 events last year while winning two titles at Monterrey and Strasbourg. The 26-year-old reached the quarterfinals in consecutive years before getting knocked out in the third round last year.
Svitolina is 17-8 in eight Australian Open appearances. Svitolina has been on the grand slam radar for a few years now and although she’s failed to get it done, I love the value she’s offering and I still believe the versatile Ukrainian is going to win at least one major in her career.
I’m going with Naomi Osaka to kick off her 2021 campaign with a huge win that gives her the fourth grand slam title of her still, upward trending career. Osaka will have her hands full in trying to get past elite performers like Ashleigh Barty, and Serena Williams, but the powerful superstar has already won this event once in her career and should be brimming with more confidence than ever.
Pick: Naomi Osaka
Learn how to bet on sports online at America’s No. 1 online sportsbook. Place your NFL bets in our online sportsbook, check out our sportsbook reviews and learn what other customers have to say about betting online at BetUS.