Here are the odds bettors can place a wager on for the Australian Open Women's Singles Final between Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitová on January 26.
The Grand Slam final at Melbourne is all set. World number 4 Naomi Osaka will face number 6 Petra Kvitová not only for the 2019 Australian Open Women’s Singles trophy but also for the top spot at the women’s ladder.
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2019
After shocking Miami with her first career Grand Slam victory at the US Open in September, the Japanese star has since enjoyed her newfound fame. A victory on January 26 will prove that she belongs on the big stage.
Meanwhile, this will be the first Grand Slam final appearance for Kvitová two years after a slashing incident almost cost the Czech her tennis career. The two-time Wimbledon winner will be looking to cap her inspiring return by adding a third Grand Slam trophy in her cabinet.
This will be the first time the two will meet each other on the opposite sides of the court, and in a Grand Slam final no less.
Tennis fans can add more excitement to this already thrilling final by betting on these three Australian Open 2019 odds:
#1 Most Aces / Most Double Faults
Services between a leftie like Kvitová and a right-hander in Osaka will be interesting for fans. One always has the chance to put a slicing serve to the opponent’s usually weaker backhand, which usually results in a weaker return or an ace.
Looking at their previous Australian Open matches, it is more likely for Osaka (44 aces in 13 sets) to edge Kvitová (26 in 12) in scoring the most aces. At the same time, Osaka is less likely to commit double faults (5 double faults in 13 sets) than Kvitová (18 in 12).
Online sportsbook Sky Bet has a similar judgment. Its odds favor Osaka to have the most aces at 1/4, with Kvitová at 4/1, and a draw at 9/1. Meanwhile, the odds of posting the most double faults lean toward Kvitová with 1/6, while both Osaka and a tie are at 15/2.
#2 To Win First Set
— bet365_aus (@bet365_aus) January 22, 2019
For both Osaka and Kvitová, the first of the possible three sets might as well be considered as the deciding set of the final. After all, Osaka was the victor when she won the first set since 2016, while Kvitová is yet to lose in 22 straight Grand Slam matches when the first set is hers.
In fact, in this Australian Open, Kvitová has won all first sets of her six matches on her way to the final. Meanwhile, Osaka experienced struggles early before finishing big at the end, winning only three first sets inside five matches.
Consistent with their current form, Kvitová is favored to win the first set of the final. On Irish bookie Paddy Power, the Czech tennis player winning the first set is priced at 4/6, while Osaka is at 11/10.
#3 Australian Open Champion
A longer resting time could benefit the 28-year-old Kvitová. She convincingly finished all six of her opponents in straight sets, with four 6-1 sets and just one set beyond 10 games. Meanwhile, Osaka has to fight through her way to the final, figuring in seven 6-4 sets and one above 10 games.
Given the numbers both finalists posted and the performance they showed throughout the grand slam, many experts favor the experienced Kvitová over the highly promising Osaka.
The same goes for bookies like mBit Casino as well. On mBit’s sportsbook section, Kvitová has the shorter odds of 83/100 compared with Osaka’s 111/100.
The first Grand Slam final of 2019 is now coming closer. It is Naomi Osaka against Petra Kvitová for the 2019 Australian Open Women’s Singles final on January 26 in Melbourne.