The tennis pundits and the bookmakers were both proved wrong at the Australian Open tennis championships yesterday. The top two seeds and the favorites at the tennis betting sites, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, crashed out of the Men’s Singles event. In the Women’s Singles the top seed Caroline Wozniacki lost unexpectedly.
Nadal lost in straight sets in the quarter finals to David Ferrer. Federer had won his quarter final match easily but lost to Djokovic in the semi finals. Djokovic will now play the winner of Ferrer and Andy Murray in the finals. The odds for the outright winner at betting site Bet365.com throw up a very interesting picture. Djokovic, who has already reached the final, has short odds of 4/6. The other two tennis players will have to win two matches have longer odds. Murray is at 6/4 and Ferrer, despite having beaten Federer, is at 11/1.
In the Women’s Singles ninth seed Na Li of China (in picture) beat Caroline Wozniacki in the semi finals. At one time she was down match point in the second set but recovered to win the second set and then the third set. Thus Li became the first Asian player to reach the finals of any grand slam singles event. The final will be played between her and third seed Kim Clijsters. According to Bet365.com, Clijsters is the overwhelming favorite with odds at 2/11. Li has odds of 23/10. Li is not a bad bet at all. Having reached this far she will give it everything she has. In a post match interview she said that she has learnt never to give up and till the umpire calls “Game, Set and Match” she is in there with every chance of winning.
The doubles events are not as popular at the Australian Open tennis championships. But in the Men’s Doubles final the third seeded Bhupati and Paes of India will play the top seeded Bryan brothers of the United States. Even at the tennis betting sites the Bryan brothers are hot favorites. Bet365.com gives them odds of 4/11.
The next grand slam tennis tournament is many months away. The next few days offers the last chance in a while for fans and bettors to feast on top class tennis.