Australian Open – Who’s going to the final 4?

Australian Open – Who’s going to the final 4?

The Australian Open has been fiercely competitive this year, and as with any Grand Slam Tennis tournament, there have been some upsets, underdog wins, comeback kings and off the court drama to make this a great first tennis tournament for 2015.

Mens Singles – Into the Quarters we go

The 4th round was more predictable than some of the previous rounds, with all the higher seeded players beating their counterparts. The hardest fought match of the 4th round was arguably between two players that sit outside the top 20. Australian, N. Kyrgios, who shot to fame last year after beating Gasquet and Nadal on his way to the Wimbledon quarter-finals, came from two sets down to win 3-2 against Andrea Seppi, including a nail baiting fourth set tie breaker.

Nothing left in the tank for Kyrgios

Kyrigos faced Andy Murray in one of the first quarter-final games where he was beaten in straight sets by Andy Murray, despite nearly pulling it to 1-1 when the second set went to a tie breaker. Tomas Berdych must have been ruing the quarter-final draw against Nadal, having lost to him 17 times previously. However, Nadal hasn’t been his formidable self and the experienced Czech dispatched of him in straight sets, including one 6-0 demolition and a tie breaker for the third set. Hopefully this renewed confidence will take him one step closer to the final. Stan Warwinka and Kei Nishikori were the next to duel for a place in the semi-finals. This match pitted the world no.4 and world no.5 against each other, but defending champion Warwinka defeated Nishikori in straight sets, although the Japanese no.1 did rally a fightback by taking Warwinka to a tie breaker. World no.1 Novak Djokovic will be looking to reclaim that Australian Open title after he defeated Milos Raonic in straight sets to progress to the final four.

 Womens singles – Madison making Melbourne her home

There weren’t any major surprises in the 4th round of women’s singles. Venus Williams who is currently ranked 18th in the world, did beat world no.6 Agnieszka Radwanska but Venus’s pedigree and Grand Slam tournament wins were enough to see that this game would be closer than it looked on paper. However, she met her match in the quarter finals when Madison Keys, the plucky 19 year old who is carving out a name for herself, beat her two sets to one. It’s a fairytale story for the rising star who also defeated current Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová in the third round on the way to reaching her first Grand Slam tournament semi-final. Current world no.1 Serena Williams powered through her game to meet Dominika Cibulkov in the quarter finals, effortlessly winning in 6-2 straight sets. World no.2 Maria Sharapova beat Emilie Bouchard in straight sets to stake her place in the semi-finals with Katerina Makarova beating world No.3 Simona Halep to stake her claim for the coveted prize.

Worthy outside bets?

Mens Singles: The clear favourite is Djokovic, with Murray following him at 3/1. Warwinka and Berdych are great outside bets though at 7/1 and 8/1 though. Warwinka has been playing well, is the reigning champion, and beat Djokovic here last year. Berdych is in a rich vein of form and sometimes all you need is that mental confidence to overcome the best.

Women’s singles: It’s hard to look past anyone but the Word no.1 Serena Williams (20/29). Minus a slow start in the quarter finals, she has pretty much breezed through to the semi-finals. Sharapova is a solid bet for slightly better odds (11/4), but rising star Madison Keys has already showed she can overcome Grand Slam winners both past and present, so at odds of 12/1, she could prove to be a smart outside bet.

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