By Greg Stewart
The Australian Open, currently being played at Melbourne Park, continues to provide upsets & intrigue with a consistent purge of top seeded players throughout the tournament so far. With both men’s & woman’s 2021 defending singles champions exiting from the tournament in unusual fashion, the quarter finals top spots are never a foregone conclusion.
Women’s defending champion Naomi Osaka was surprisingly but convincingly beaten in the third round by unseeded American, Amanda Anisimova, to open up a path to the final for local tennis heroine and world No1, Ashleigh Barty who now faces world No21 Jessica Pegula in her Quarter Final Clash.
Other notable women’s players into the Quarter finals are:
In the Men’s singles, with Djokovic prevented from playing, it is Daniel Medvedev the world No2 who is left as tournament favourite and he proved why he is ranked world No2 with a hard-fought win over Australian, court favourite, Nick Kyrgios in a most entertaining four-set match in round 3 and a determined Maxime Cressy in round four to secure his Quarter final spot.
Germany’s Alexander Zverev who won convincingly against Radu Albot in round 3 was completely outplayed by a power display by Canadian Denis Shapavalov in straight sets 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. The tough World No14, who was a Wimbledon Semi-Finalist made a statement with his complete dominance and will be one to watch. At 15:1 to win on SunBet, he is a great value bet for a place in the final against Medvedev but will first have to get past Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who played some riveting tennis in round 4 where he beat Adrian Mannarino. Nadal is at3.5:1 on SunBet.
Other notable players who made the Quarters are:
Men’s Quarter final Singles- Odds available on SunBet.