- The women of tennis return with the Australian Open on February 8 where Naomi Osaka is the current betting favorite to win the major at +700 odds.
- Other names include Ashleigh Barty (+800), Serena Williams (+800), and 2020 Champion Sofia Kenin (+1000).
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – The world of tennis will soon welcome back its highest level of competition as the best women on the planet prepare for the upcoming 2021 Australian Open.
The WTP will head back to the famed Melbourne Park on February 8 to begin this year’s iteration of the famous major tournament.
Nearly all of the top female players on the world rankings will be in attendance this year, with world number one Ashleigh Barty set to make her return to the hard courts.
Betting odds are already available for the event, with 2020 US Open winner Naomi Osaka as the early leader via the major online sportsbooks.
Odds to Win 2021 Women’s Australian Open
- Naomi Osaka +700
- Ashleigh Barty +800
- Serena Williams +800
- Aryna Sabalenka +1000
- Iga Swiatek +1000
- Simona Halep +1000
- Sofia Kenin +1000
- Bianca Andreescu +1200
- Garbine Muguruza +1200
- Victoria Azarenka +1400
- Elina Svitolina +1600
- Karolina Pliskova +1600
- Petra Kvitova +1600
- Belinda Bencic +2000
- Cori Gauff +2000
- Madison Keys +2000
- Jennifer Brady +2500
- Amanda Anisimova +3300
- Angelique Kerber +3300
- Dayana Yastremska +3300
- Donna Vekic +3300
- Elena Rybakina +3300
- Elise Mertens +4000
- Danielle Collins +5000
- Johanna Konta +5000
- Maria Sakkari +5000
- Marketa Vondrousova +5000
- Sloane Stephens +5000
The star-studded field features the 2020 Australian Open Champion Sofia Kenin, in addition to world number two Simona Halep, and top 10 players in Karolina Pliskova, Bianca Andreescu, Elina Svitolina, Petra Kvitova, Kiki Bertens, and Aryna Sabalenka.
Also making her return is the legendary Serena Williams, who is still chasing her record-tying 24th Grand Slam victory. Williams has won the Aussie Open a record seven times already and comes into this one as a valuable tennis betting option at +800.
One thing that will be different this year at the tournament is the lack of qualifying taking place at Melbourne Park leading up to the event.
In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the qualifying rounds of the 2021 Australian Open will be held remotely. The women will complete the qualifying rounds at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Stadium and Complex in the United Arab Emirates.
The qualifying tournaments will be held on January 10-13, with 16 successful competitors moving onto the tournament in Melbourne.
As far as the main draw, that action begins on February 8 and goes through February 21, and will feature a full 128-woman field.
With many women playing in their first event in months, the field is sure to feature numerous upsets and improbable runs on one of the biggest stages in all of tennis.
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