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Victoria Azarenka will also be hoping for a strong start

31st December 2012 / Lee A Jackson
Victoria Azarenka

WTA Brisbane Betting Info
The big warm up ahead of mid January’s Australian Open all begins here and there are some big guns out in attendance at Brisbane. This is one of three WTA tournaments going off this week as the new season swings into action. Who will gain early dominance in the season at Brisbane, which has gained Premier level status on the WTA Tour for the first time this season? The trio who swept up all the Grand Slams between them last season are all playing.

WTA Brisbane Betting Defending Champion
This time last season, Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi produced some truly remarkable tennis in Brisbane which should have set her up for a massive year. It didn’t quite pan out like that though, and she isn’t out to defend her title.

WTA Brisbane Betting Favourite
Serena Williams heads up a quality field here. The American, who completely blitzed the WTA over the second half of last season will be hoping to get off to a fast start here. She is eying up a clean sweep of the Grand Slams next season so that shows her intent. She only made it to the quarter finals here last year, losing to Daniela Hantuchova, but she is much stronger and fitter twelve months on and will be the one to stop. She took seven titles last season on the WTA Tour and really, it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise to see her start with a bang. Players are going to be a little rusty after the short winter break and the power Williams possesses should be enough to take her all the way. Williams is backable at Betfair around 2.38 to win outright.

Other Contenders
Victoria Azarenka will also be hoping for a strong start, with the world number one knowing that she is going to have to find something extra this season. That sounds crazy talking about the number one in the world, but she kept finding Serena Williams in the way of more success. So the Belarusian has to find a way past Williams. Azarenka was in stunning form at the start of last season, as she claimed the Australian Open. Will be looking for a similarly fast start and goes in the same half of the draw as Williams. That means a semi final clash is on the cards, and yet you would bank on Williams nine times out of ten based on last season’s match ups.

Russia’s Maria Sharapova has a good chance of putting in a semifinal appearance one would imagine. She is in the other half of the draw from WIlliams and Azarenka. Pretty straight forward run to the quarterfinals for her, and that will be important to get her serve going. Her first serve is her big weapon and so is her aggressive defence. The best on the Tour for digging in and defending from the baseline, and will be aiming for another successful year in taking a Grand Slam. The biggest problem for her last season was Victoria Azarenka, who she came off second best to, too many times.

Hopefully for Petra Kvitova it will be a prosperous season because the Tour kind of needs her presence at the top of the game. The awkward, powerful left hander really slumped after winning Wimbledon in 2011 but there were definite signs that she was waking up again. She had a decent season in the Slams without really threatening and it is probably only another ten to fifteen percent of what she was producing last season that will see her back challenging for big titles. Big threat because of playing off her left hand and a likely semi final opponent for Sharapova.

Best Outside Bet
Has to all start off again for Angelique Kerber. The young German was brilliant last season, absolutely exploded in a career year for her and the potential is there for so much more. She needs a little more seasoning but claimed big scalps consistently all the way through last season. In the mix with Kvitova and Sharapova and will therefore be a threat. If she picks up where she left off last season, in fact continues her upwards swing, she could deliver and an outsider because of her healthy long price of around 10.0 at online betting exchange Betfair.

Latest WTA Brisbane Betting Prices at online betting exchange Betfair
Serena Williams 2.38, Victoria Azarenka 4.4, Maria Sharapova 6.2, Angelique Kerber 10, Petra Kvitova 11, Sam Stosur 18.5, Caroline Wozniacki 20

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