The Australian Open is the first slam of the year and never fails to disappoint. The 2019 edition was no exception, and tennis fans around the globe were treated to some blockbuster matches and fascinating results.
In terms of betting, the event threw up a few surprises, although Novak Djokovic’s win in the men’s draw was one that most of the top online sports books predicted. Our analysis earlier in the year proved to be correct as the Serb won for an incredible seventh time, proving that his pre-tournament Australian Open odds of +130 were low for a reason.
As always, the women’s draw was tough to pick a winner from, and this time around it was Naomi Osaka who claimed the trophy. The 2018 US Open winner was the third-favourite coming into the event, although her Australian Open betting odds were as high as +1000 prior to the tournament. Her opponent Petra Kvitova was paying +2000 before the event, so there was certainly money to be made from the ladies (although predicting that final would have taken some serious skill).
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Australian Open 2019 odds & results
While Djokovic and Osaka were the tournament winners, there were plenty of other notable Australian Open 2019 results.
There would have been very few people on the planet who weren’t hoping Roger Federer could fight his way to yet another Grand Slam victory, although his run was cut short, and earlier than most people expected.
Twenty year-old Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas was the culprit, defeating the greatest tennis player many of us have ever seen in four sets, and preventing the Swiss maestro from entering the quarter-finals.
Federer had entered the tournament as the third-favourite, while Tsitsipas was not even rated a top sixteen chance by the top sportsbooks. The Greek youngster was paying an incredible +449 before this upset victory.
Tsitsipas managed to reach the semi-finals, although he was smashed by Rafael Nadal in straight-sets. The Spaniard lived up to his pre-tournament odds by reaching the final, although proved no match for Djokovic in the end.
Lucas Pouille also surprised many by reaching the semi-finals, taking advantage of Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem’s exits, before doing well to beat 16th seed Canadian Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals.
The women’s draw went according to plan for the top seeds in the early stages, although by the end of the fourth round there was only one seed out of the top five still standing - Naomi Osaka.
Serena Williams did well on her return to Melbourne Park, before being eliminated by seventh-seed Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals. It took three sets for the seven-time Australian Open champion to be eliminated, proving that even though she is approaching the twilight of her career, she is still one of the best in the business.
Canada’s best hope, Eugenie Bouchard, was knocked out by Williams in straight sets in the second round, while qualifier Bianca Andresscu was also eliminated at the same stage, extinguishing any hope of a Canadian run at the tournament.
The 2019 Australian Open men’s final was between two of the best in the business, and while Novak Djokovic went in as the favourite, his odds of -133 certainly didn’t forecast the dominance in which he would take his seventh title at the event. Remember, the odds available for Djokovic before the event started were not much higher than this mark, so the value was there for all to see.
The leading sportsbooks had Rafael Nadal at odds of +116 before the final began, perhaps feeling that this would be a match that would at least be close. Yet Novak won the match in quick time, taking just three sets and dropping just eight games on his way to the title.
The Serb only dropped two sets at the entire tournament, coming close to matching Roger Federer’s dominance over the last two years. While we were robbed of a chance to see a semi-final between Federer and Djokovic, there’s little doubt that Djokovic deserved to win at this year’s event.
It means that Djokovic stands alone at the top of the Australian Open winners list, and takes another step closer to challenging Nadal and Federer in the race to be the all-time leader of grand slam victories.
Australian Open Men’s Winners (Open Era)
- 7 - Novak Djokovic (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019)
- 6 - Roger Federer (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018)
- 4 - Andre Agassi (1995, 2000, 2001, 2003)
Naomi Osaka’s rise to prominence has been swift to say the least. Prior to her win at the 2018 US Open, Osaka had only made it beyond the third round at a grand slam once in twelve attempts.Osaka began 2018 outside the top-50, yet her back-to-back grand slam victories saw her claim the world number-one spot after the Australian Open. Women’s tennis rankings are quite volatile, and Osaka’s surge to the top shows how quickly things can change.
Her opponent in the final, Petra Kvitova, had not dropped a set in reaching the match, and the leading sportsbooks responded by instilling the Czech as the favourite, available for odds of -120. Osaka entered at roughly evens, and proved to be excellent value in a match that proved to be as close as the odds.
Kvitova was remarkable in coming back from a set down and facing three Championship points on her own serve in the second set, before eventually falling in the decider.
Osaka was taken to three sets on three occasions prior to the final, coming back from a set down twice in the earlier stages of the tournament to eventually progress. Her path to the trophy is typical of a women’s draw that is almost impossible to pick.
Osaka’s win was her first at the tournament, and just her second in total. She sits well behind Serena Williams on the list of champions, but this result and her number-one ranking could see her kick on to more success in the future.
Australian Open Women’s Winners (Open Era)
- 7 - Serena Williams (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017)
- 4 - Evonne Goolagong Cawley (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977)
- 4 - Steffi Graf (1988, 1989, 1990, 1994)
- 4 - Monica Seles (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996)
Australian Open Doubles
Fifth-seed men’s doubles pairing Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won the 2019 Australian Open championship, defeating Henri Kontinen and John Peers in straight sets in the final. Their run to the final also featured a win over the legendary Bryan brothers, in which they were rated as a 50/50 chance of winning.
The French pair entered the final at odds of -156, and proved good value in their win over their opponents.
In the women’s doubles it was local favourite Samantha Stosur who teamed up with Zhang Shuai and emerged victorious in the final against Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic, who were the defending champions. The winning pair entered the match as a huge outsider, paying +167 for the victory, and proved the sportsbooks wrong with a tough straight sets victory in which both sets went to tiebreakers.
Stosur and Shuai had also entered their quarter-final match as the underdog against number-one seeded Czech pairing Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova. They began at odds of +146, yet upset the pair that had won the 2018 French Open and Wimbledon crowns.
Krejcikova did manage to pick up silverware in the form of the mixed-doubles crown, which she achieved alongside American Rajeev Ram. The pair beat local hopefuls Astra Sharma and John-Patrick Smith in straight sets.
Australian Open 2020 Dates
While the 2020 Australian Open Schedule is yet to be finalised, the tournament will once again be held at the end of January from Melbourne Park in Australia.
There’s plenty of tennis to be played in the interim, but it sure looks tough to see anyone other than Novak Djokovic winning the tournament in 2020 as long as he stays injury-free.
Serena Williams will also be hungry for more success, although the lottery that is women’s tennis is sure to throw up a few other contenders by the time January comes around.
While the Australian Open won’t be back until next year, don’t forget to follow the Canada Sports Betting Coverage of the French Open and the other major tournaments still to come in 2019.