WTA 2021 Australian Open: Sofia Kenin Early Elimination

WTA 2021 Australian Open: Sofia Kenin Early Elimination

Written by on February 11, 2021

With the 2021 Australian Open approaching it’s first weekend and the field of women’s contenders narrowing, it’s time to take offer up some expert WTA Tour tennis betting predictions. That said, let’s get right to it so you can continue placing your bets against their Australian Open odds.

Australian Open WTA: Updates, Upsets, Surprises, Dark Horses…

Is prohibitive favorite Naomi Osaka going to live up to her status while winning the second straight grand slam she’s competed in?

Could the incomparable Serena Williams take home a coveted 24th grand slam title to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record?

With reigning champ Sofia Kenin ‘now, out of this year’s Australian Open, could a slightly longer shot contender or a straight-up dark horse upset everyone en route to the championship hardware in today’s parity-laden WTA Tour times?

Let’s have a look at our analysis as we try to answer those questions for your.

Upsets

Fourth-seeded reigning champ Sofia Kenin got bounced out of the Aussie Open in the second round in swift fashion, 6-3, 6-2 against 35-year-old world No. 65 Kaia Kanepi. 2019 US Open champion and eighth-seeded Bianca Andreescu was sent home after a straight-sets loss against Su-Wei Hsieh. Two-time major champion and No. 9 seed Petra Kvitova was dispatched in the second round in three sets by Sorana Cristea.

The Faves

  • Naomi Osaka
  • Serena Williams

I picked Serena Williams to win this year’s Aussie Open with Naomi Osaka as my No. 2 pick. I’ve seen nothing out of either player to change my stance heading into the third round of action. The 10th-seeded Williams has won her opening two matches 6-1, 6-1 over Laura Siegemund and 6-3, 6-0 over Nina Stajanovic. Likewise, the third-seeded Osaka took out Anastasia Pavlychenkova 6-1, 6-2 in her opener before dispatching Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-3 in the second round.  My top two picks to win remain unchanged.

Too Legit to Quit

Top-seeded world No.1 Ashleigh Barty has struggled mildly in her opening two matches and fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina has had two tough matches as well. No. 14 seed Garbine Muguruza has looked fantastic in winning her two opening matches while 15th-seeded Iga Swiatek looks even more formidable. Second-seeded Simona Halep needed three sets to get past  Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the second round.

Surprise Contenders

  • Sara Errani

33-year-old veteran Sara Errani has looked as gritty as ever in dispatching Georgina Garcia Perez in the qualifying round before getting past No. 30 seed Qiang Wang in a three-set thriller after dropping the opening set. Errani then got past an injured Venus Williams 6-1, 6-0 in the second round and could get past Su Wei Hsieh in the third round.

19th-seeded Marketa Vondrousova came back from a set down to win her opener and got past unheralded qualifier Canadian Rebecca Marino in the second round. I can definitely see her getting past Sorana Cristea in the third round.

Dark Horses

World No. 69 Ann Li has surprised nicely. In her opener, she upset No. 31 seed Shuai Zhang 6-2, 6-0 before dispatching veteran Alize Cornet 6-2, 7-6 (8) in the second round. Next up is seventh-seeded Aryna Sabalenka who had a fight on her hands in the second round before getting past Daria Kastinka.

 


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