We’ve reached the semi-finals stage with our Australian Open predictions and are hoping to land a 14/5 treble from the 11th day of action.
Ten of our last 12 tips have been successful at the first grand slam of the year and we’re backing this trio of selections to do the business Down Under.
Ashleigh Barty to beat Sofia Kenin @ 9/25
Barty was our pre-tournament tip to win the women’s singles and we’re sticking with the home hope. The 23-year-old holds a 4-1 advantage over Kenin from past meetings, with three of her victories coming last year. The French Open champion came through a tough test with flying colours when beating Petra Kvitova 7-6 6-2 and seems inspired by the chance to lift an ailing nation. “Obviously, it’s exciting,” said Barty. “Hopefully, I can bring a smile to a few faces around our country and around the world.”
Simona Halep to beat Garbine Muguruza @ 31/50
Muguruza has been a revelation at this tournament, returning to something like the form which saw her win the 2016 French Open and Wimbledon 12 months later, but a few cracks did seem to appear in her quarter-final triumph over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The 26-year-old Spaniard finished strongly to prevail 7-5 6-3 but was twice a break down in the opening set. Halep has yet to drop a set after blitzing Anett Kontaveit 6-1 6-1 in just 53 minutes and stated: “Perfection doesn’t exist, but I’m very happy with the way I played.” She is unlikely to let Muguruza off the hook if getting on top.
Novak Djokovic to beat Roger Federer 3-0 @ 18/25
Federer gave Djokovic a huge scare in last year’s Wimbledon final when only losing out 13-12 in the fifth set but these players look poles apart on current form in Melbourne. Djokovic has breezed through his section since dropping a set in the first round and should be relatively fresh after beating Milos Raonic 6-4 6-3 7-6 in the quarter-finals. Federer has been taken the distance twice in his last three matches by limited opponents in John Millman and Tennys Sandgren, when having to save seven match points. This is the 50th meeting between these legends of the sport, with Djokovic 26-23 ahead, and we fear it may be amongst the most one-sided of those battles.
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