The Australian Open 2021 got off to an intense start at Melbourne Park in Melbourne’s Sports and Entertainment Precinct on 8 February. The first couple of days saw mesmerizing playing, a racket destroyed in fury, and a ball kid collapse on a court outside. The rest of the tournament is likely to be just as thrilling, especially for those who watch the right players.
This year’s event, which runs until 21 February, features some of the titans of modern tennis as well as a few of the sport’s brightest rising stars. The top sports betting New Zealand brands are offering competitive odds on all players.
Tennis fans around the world will watch Spain’s Rafael Nadal like a hawk. He reached the final in Melbourne four times only, with his solitary win happening in 2009. Perhaps 2021 will be the year to change that.
Serena Williams reached a Grand Slam final every year between 2007 and 2019, so the legendary player from the US is likely to step onto the court with extra determination to win the Australian Open 2021. Williams is determined to equal, if not better, Margaret Court’s 24 major singles titles record.
Russian player Daniil Medvedev definitely is one to watch at this year’s tournament. The 24-year-old ended last season on a high note, when he won the ATP Finals. Prior to that, one of his biggest achievements was reaching the 2019 US Open Final.
Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka wowed tennis fans with her wins of three straight titles in 2020 and 2021, but so far, a win in Melbourne has proved elusive. This year’s Open may be the one in which she claims the title. She might just put a smile on the faces of punters who enjoyed sports betting New Zealand.
Other Players To Keep An Eye On
Sofia Kenin is likely to show fighting spirit on the courts at the Australian Open 2021, as she has a title to defend. Even so, Naomi Osaka is the favourite of most bookies when it comes to the women’s singles title. Simona Halep and French Open winner Iga Swiatek also are likely to display some serious skills this year.
Alexander Zverev destroyed his racket in a mid-game fit of rage before going on to beat Marcos Giron on day 1 of the tournament. He has his eyes set on what would be his first major title, but with such an apparently violent temper, he may be a player to watch for all the wrong reasons.