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Australian Open Tennis Betting Preview

Tennis betting for the 2008 Australian Open should be exciting as the top players in the world are competing for the title.

The 2008 Australian Open has the strongest field in its history with all of the top 100 men in the world in the field and 99 of the top 10 women.

Tennis betting odds show that Roger Federer is the prohibitive favorite on the men’s side with odds less and even money. He is about a 3-5 favorite in Australian Open betting. The only player in the top 100 in the world that is not a part of the Australian Open field is women’s #44, Vera Dushevina, who is out with a right-foot injury. Women’s tennis betting odds have Justine Henin as the favorite but as many as 9 other players have odds of 20-1 or less.

On the men’s side it is all about Federer with only a handful of other men with tennis betting odds of less than 20-1. As you look at Australian Open betting on the women’s side you have five former champions in the field. Henin, Venus and Serena Williams, Amelie Mauresmo and Lindsay Davenport have all won the Australian Open in the past. On the men’s side previous winners are Federer, Thomas Johansson and Marat Safin.

The Australian Open takes place in Melbourne from January 14-27. Only three other players on the men’s side of Australian Open betting have tennis betting odds of less than 20-1. They are Novak Djokovic who is 6-1, Rafael Nadal who is 7-1, and David Nalbandian who is 9-1. The only other players given any kind of shot to win are Andrew Murray who is 20-1 David Ferrer who is 20-1 and Andy Roddick who is 25-1.

Tennis betting on the women’s side of the Australian Open is more competitive although Justine Henin is still a pretty solid favorite at 7-5. Maria Sharapova is next in terms of tennis betting odds at 4-1. Serena Williams is 6-1 in Australian Open betting odds while her sister Venus Williams is 8-1 in tennis betting odds. Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic are both 10-1 in tennis betting odds. Amelie Mauresmo is 12-1 in tennis betting odds.

Nicole Vaidisova is 14-1 in tennis betting odds. Svetlana Kuznetsova is at 18-1 while Lindsay Davenport is 20-1.