The Australian Open Bounces Into Full Swing: Round Two Odds and Predictions

Posted on February 9, 2021

Round one of the Australian Open is in the books.

Players take to the courts again today for a second round of competition.

Sportsbooks weigh in with odds on which competitors will emerge victorious and advance to round three.

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Australian Open round one recap

The Australian Open kicked off Monday, Feb. 8 – three weeks later than originally scheduled. This was far from the only change brought on by the coronavirus, though.

In order to reduce the number of people in the stadium, line judges were replaced with electronic ball-tracking cameras for the first time ever.

However, the tournament will allow fans. The Australian Open is allowing up to 30,000 fans for the first eight days, and 25,000 from the quarterfinals on.

A number of big names took to the courts Monday and came out swinging, making strong opening statements.

After two first-round exits in 2020, Serena Williams won her first match yesterday in her head-turning, Flo-Jo inspired wardrobe. Williams maintains her record-tying 24th Grand Slam title pursuit after her first round win against Laura Siegemund.

Similarly, sister Venus Williams progressed past the first round with a hard-fought win against Kirsten Flipkens.

Ashleigh BartyNaomi Osaka and 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu all secured first round wins as well.

On the men’s side, defending champion Novak Djokovic sailed through the first round, proving his title as history’s greatest Australian Open champion.

Nadal and Tsitsipas also cruised through their opening rounds.

How do sportsbooks view the second round matchups?

Round Two predictions

The second round of competition opens with 64 players.

Some of the women’s matches to watch out for today include:

  • Serena Williams (-1430) vs Nina Stojanovic (+900)
  • Iga Swiatek (-420) vs Camila Giorgi (+310)
  • Naomi Osaka (-1000) vs Carolina Garcia (+650)

Sportsbooks expect Serena to come out guns blazing as she looks to match Margaret Court’s winning record and win her first major title since 2017.

Simona Halep is predicted to blow through her second Grand Slam opponent, Ajla Tomljanovic.

While today’s matchup should prove to be more of a challenge than her quick win against Lizette Cabrera, No. 2 seeded Halep will likely move on to round three with ease.

When it comes to the men, eight-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic (-5000) defends his title against American Frances Tiafoe (+1800) during today’s second round of play.

Tennis betting options at Tennessee sportsbooks

Don’t feel like betting the entire match or feel like mixing it up? Tennessee sportsbooks have you covered.

During a match, you can bet on the outcome of each set, or bet on the total amount of games it will take before the match is over.

You can also wager on the amount of tiebreaks in each matchup.

For those more inclined to bet props, those are on the board as well. You can bet on what the match score will be.

For example, if you think Nadal is going to win his next match, and feel confident he will sweep his opponent, you can wager that the match will end three sets to love.

Australian Open men’s and women’s championship odds

Along with daily match wagering, bettors can also wager on the competition’s overall winners.

At DraftKings, odds of Novak Djokovic winning the Australian Open are +120.

PlayerAustralian Open Men's Winner Odds
Novak Djokovic+120
Daniil Medvedev+425
Dominic Thiem+700
Rafael Nadal+900
Stefanos Tsitsipas+1100
Andrey Rublev+900
Alexander Zverev+3300
Matteo Berrettini+8000
Alex De Minaur+8000
Nick Kyrgios+8000

Ashleigh Barty reigns over women’s odds at +400. Those expecting a championship-winning performance from Serena Williams can grab her for +1000.

PlayerAustralian Open Women's Winner Odds
Ashleigh Barty+400
Naomi Osaka+450
Serena Williams+1000
Garbiñe Muguruza+1100
Simona Halep+1300
Aryna Sabalenka+1400
Jennifer Brady+2000
Bianca Vanessa Andreescu+2100
Sofia Kenin+2100
Iga Swiatek+2100

Bettors expecting the favorites to pull out a win during this first Grand Slam event of the year would do well to wager now before the champs’ winning streaks continue.

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As a college athlete, Alec Cunningham played Division II golf at Tusculum University. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. She then returned to her love of written word in 2000 after working in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and artist developer. As a journalist, she's covered a variety of topics and currently specializes in Tennessee online sports betting and Virginia casino news. She served as a panelist at this year's All American Sports Betting Summit, discussing the ever-evolving role of women in the gambling industry.

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