The 2023 Australian Open is nearly done with the first round but did have some hiccups in the opening days. Play was temporarily suspended on Day 2 as temperatures reached 35 degrees Celsius/95 degrees Fahrenheit. As a rule, play on the outside courts was suspended and a controversy ensued after a ball girl passed out due to the extreme conditions.
Tennis Australia also banned flags from Russia and Belarus after fans displayed a Russian flag during a match involving Ukrainian Kateryna Baindi and Russian Kamilla Rakhimova. Russian and Belarusian players are not allowed by ATP/WTA rules to play under their national flag during the conflict in Ukraine.
On the court, the top seeds cruised in the first two days, with no players seeded 1-16 losing as of Monday night. Seeded players in the women’s draw started 17-3, while the men were 16-3 to kick off the first Grand Slam of the season. Let’s take a look at a few Australian Open Betting opportunities at MyBookie Second Round.
ATP & WTA Lines: 2023 Australian Open Predictions & Betting Opportunities for Second Round
Botic Van de Zandschulp -121
After winning in four sets in the opener, No. 32 seed, Botic Van de Zandschulp will face fellow Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor in the second round. Griekspoor knocked off lucky loser Pavol Kotov in straight sets in his opener. The two Dutch players are separated by 30 spots in the World Rankings, and Van de Zandschulp won their only professional meeting in straight sets last summer in Washington, D.C.
Van de Zandschulp had a great run in four straight slams from the 2021 U.S. Open through 2022 Wimbledon. He reached the Quarterfinals in the U.S. Open, the third round at the Australian and French Opens last year, and the fourth round at Wimbledon. Meanwhile, Griekspoor has never been past the second round at a slam, making Van de Zandschulp the pick for this matchup.
Marton Fucsovics -102
Both Marton Fucsovics and Lloyd Harris won 5-setters in the opener, with Harris knocking off 17 seed Lorenzo Musetti in a tiebreak. Fucsovics has reached the fourth round at the Australian Open twice and reached the Quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2021. Harris had only made it past the first round once in Melbourne in four tries before this week and is ranked 186th, more than 100 spots behind his Hungarian opponent.
Fucsovics holds a 3-2 career advantage over Harris, including a pair of wins in 2022. The hard court win last year in Doha was in straight sets, and Harris last won outdoors against Fucsovics in 2019. With the odds close, take the experience and success of Fucsovics in this matchup.
Petra Kvitova -186
Petra Kvitova, the No. 15 seed, won her first-round match 7-6, 6-2. On Tuesday, she will face Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina, who won 6-3, 6-1 in the opener. The Czech native reached the finals at Melbourne in 2019 and has two Wimbledon championships on her resume. Kvitova is 9-3 in her last 12-second round grand slam matches and 5-4 in this round in Australia.
Kalinina has never been past the second round in a grand slam, with six losses at this stage. These two have never met, and as a southpaw with a big serve, Kvitova should keep Kalinina off balance for the match as she advances to the third round.
Danielle Collins -170
Seeded No. 13, American Danielle Collins had to go deep to win her first-round match, 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 as Anna Kalinskaya didn’t make it easy on her. In the second round, she will face Karolina Muchova, who cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win in her opener.
Collins beat Iga Swiatek in the semifinals last year at Melbourne Park before falling to No. 1 Ash Barty in the finals. Both of her grand slam semifinal runs have been at the Australian Open, where she consistently plays her best tennis.
Muchova reached the semis in 2021 but missed most of last year with injury. These two have never met and this match may go the distance but look for Collins, a better baseline player on the hard courts, to prevail.