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Serena’s absence leaves Clijsters in command of Australian Open

| 25.11.2010

Serena Williams has confirmed that the foot injury that has kept her out for much of this season will rule her out of the Australian Open.

Serena was dominating the women’s Australian Open betting market at 10/3 to win and her withdrawal has left Kim Clijsters the new 11/4 favourite to take the first Grand Slam event of the season.

Not since the 2010 Wimbledon final in which she won has Serena played competitive tennis and in her foot injury caused her to miss the US Open which Clijsters went on to win.

The loss of Serena opens the tournament right up and now is a great time to get the best prices on potential champions.

Based on this year’s form Clijsters rightly deserves her favouritism after winning the US Open and the end of season championships.

But Ana Ivanovic had a fantastic end to her season and the former world number one is looking as if she is rediscovering the form that won her a French Open and is available at 14/1 to win the Australian Open.

Vera Zvonareva also had a fantastic season and she ended the year as the world number two.

At 10/1 to win the Australian Open, Zvonareva is a huge price considering she made the final of the US Open and a strong start to the year could see the Russian replace Caroline Wozniacki as the world number one.

Wozniacki is yet to win a grand slam tournament and her best finish was in the 2009 US Open where she made the final.

Her best finish in the Australian Open is the fourth round and the 9/2 availble for Wozniacki to win doesn’t provide the best value.

With four tournaments taking place before the start of the Australian Open on January 17th, there are plenty of opportunities to assess the form of potential winners.

A £10 stake on Zvonareva winning the Australian Open would return £110. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.