Australian Open Women's outright predictions: Time for Sabalenka to shine
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Liam Flin
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Ashleigh Barty's retirement has opened up this year's Australian Open Women
Ashleigh Barty's retirement has opened up this year's Australian Open Women

- There have been six different winners of the last eight women's Grand Slam titles 
- Last year's champion and then world number one Ashleigh Barty has since retired 
- Recommended bets: 
- Back Aryna Sabalenka to win 
- Back Barbora Krejcikova each-way

Each of the last three women's singles titles at the Australian Open have been won by different players and it looks set to be another competitive Grand Slam to kick off the year.

Iga Swiatek will be attracting all of the attention going into the tournament after a sensational 2022 campaign which saw her scoop the French Open and US Open titles and put together a 37-game unbeaten run.

But there is better value to be had elsewhere away from the Pole.

Sabalenka primed to go well in Melbourne

Remarkably, Aryna Sabalenka has never won a Grand Slam title but she continues to go from strength to strength on the WTA tour and it could be her time to shine.

Although a major title still eludes her, Sabalenka has reached the semi-finals of the last five Grand Slams in which she has competed, having made the last four at the US Open on her most recent outing.

She finished the 2022 season strongly with a run to the final of the WTA Finals, beating top seed Swiatek on the way but ultimately succumbing to French sensation Caroline Garcia.

And she carried that form into the start of 2023, winning the first running of the Adelaide International and prevailing in straight sets in all four of her matches at the event.

That represented her 11th career title and all bar one of them have come on the hard courts.

At last year's Australian Open, Sabalenka was knocked out in the fourth round but she pushed her opponent Kaia Kanepi close, winning the first set in that match, and the outcome could have easily swung the other way.

The pressure on Sabalenka to win a Grand Slam continues to grow but it would be no surprise to see her silence her critics in Melbourne, and is available to do so at 15/2 with LiveScore Bet.

Krejcikova could represent each-way value

Barbora Krejcikova was an Australian Open winner in the women's doubles last year
Barbora Krejcikova was an Australian Open winner in the women's doubles last year

For the last few seasons, the WTA tour has had an open feel to it, lacking a dominant force, and, although that changed somewhat following Swiatek's emergence last season, there could still be decent each-way value in the outright market.

Barbora Krejcikova in particular looks overpriced at 28/1 with LiveScore Bet to go far.

The 20th seed begins her Australian Open campaign against Sara Bejlek and has a great shot at getting beyond the fourth round with third seed Jessica Pegula, who is not exactly in blistering form, the highest-rated player in her section.

Krejcikova performed well on the hard courts last year, reaching the final of the Sydney International before battling through to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open women's singles and winning the doubles.

Her last-16 exit at the second running of the Adelaide International this month was not ideal but she clearly has an affinity for the surface nonetheless and represents each-way value in the women's competition.

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