Australian Open – Women’s Final Preview – Halep v Wozniacki
Before the Australian Open begun two weeks ago, there was no clear favourite for the title in Serena William’s absence, however, there were a gaggle of worthy and determined contenders.
Two of those contenders have arrived to the Australian Open Women’s Singles final in different ways. On Saturday night, either the first or second seed, Simona Halep & Caroline Wozniacki will become a first time Grand Slam Champion.
Adding to the drama, the No 1 ranking is up for grabs – the Australian Open champion will walk away as the top-ranked player in the world.
Simona Halep Form & Odds
Simona Halep is a counter-puncher who can transition from defence to attack in the blink of an eye. She had to fight to survive throughout this tournament.
Firstly, she survived an epic battle with American Lauren Davis to reach the Australian Open fourth round. The 26 year-old Romanian had to save three match points in the decider before eventually winning 4-6 6-4 15-13 after three hours and 45 minutes, the longest women’s match in Australian Open history.
In her semi-final against Angelique Kerber, she found a way to win in yet another marathon match, 6-3, 4-6, 9-7.
Simona is quoted as SportsBet’s $1.67 favourite for the title.
Caroline Wozniacki Form & Odds
Other than her second-round scare, the 27-year-old Dane hasn’t been exerted physically on her path to the final. She was extended to three sets by Carla Suarez Navarro in her quarter-final but then served the Spaniard a bagel – Wozniacki’s second of the tournament. Her quest for an elusive Grand Slam title has never looked better as she overcame a few nerves beat the unseeded Elise Mertens in the semi-final in straight sets, 6-3 7-6.
Caroline is quoted as SportsBet’s $2.22 outsider for the final.
In our Australian Open Preview in December, we made Wozniacki our Betting Top 10 best value bet at the outrageously good odds of $17.
We’re going to stick with our prediction and we’re selecting the well-rested Dane to become a first-time Grand Slam Champion.