Australian Open Tennis 2013
This entry was posted on Sunday, January 13th, 2013
Avoid any ‘on fire’ references
If Andy Murray can win the 2013 Australian Open, the Scot will become the first Briton since Fred Perry in 1936 to record back-to-back Grand Slam victories. And he is in with a shout. Muzza tends to do well at the opening Slam of the year, reaching the final in two of the last three years (2010 & 2012).
Novak Djokovic beat Murray in a five-set epic last time out, and goes into this one as a worthy favourite. The Serb hasn’t been beaten here since 2010, but we nonetheless fancy Murray to conquer all once more at 4.6.
The ladies is as ever, far harder to call. 12 months ago in Australia is where things really took off for Victoria Azarenka. Although she had been a WTA top five fixture for some time before, she had always fallen short when it mattered most. Azarenka’s Australian Open romp – which culminated in a ruthless demolition job on Maria Sharapova – eventually extended into a stunning 26 match unbeaten streak to start 2012.
The big threat will inevitably be Serena Williams, who won all five of the pair’s meetings in 2012 – although Azarenka did serve for the match in the final set of their U.S. Open final clash. Add two other erratic, yet dangerous Grand Slam titlists in Li Na, and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and the road to a Melbourne repeat could prove rocky for Azarenka. We suggest a lay at 6.2.