6/1 For Sharapova Or Azarenka To Be Warned For Noise!
Victoria Azarenka is a slight favourite, at 5/6, to defeat Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open. The match, which could in theory be dubbed the ‘battle of the bawlers' looks likely to be a close affair with Sharapova Even money for victory. It may be a close match, but Hills are odds on at 8/13 that it does not go into three sets. Both ladies have a tendency to get a little overexcited when playing and William Hill offer 6/1 that either finalist is warned during the match for making excessive noise.
As Rafael Nadal made his way into the final of the men's draw, William Hill were bemoaning the fact that they offered top price on Nadal to win the tournament before the start. Hills offered him at 8/1 and punters piled in making the Spaniard a six figure loser.
"We are very nervous about Rafa now," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly. "There are some that said he was carrying an injury and some that said Djokovic and Federer were too good, but he has certainly silenced the criticism, dispatching Federer with relative ease."
Novak Djokovic is 2/5 to defeat Andy Murray in the semi final of the Australian Open with the Brit 2/1 to cause an upset.
5/6 Azarenka; 1/1/ Sharapova
Number of sets in match: 8/13 two; 23/20 three
6/1 Either Sharapova or Azarenka to be warned during the final for excessive noise (1/12 not to)