Camila Giorgi has emerged as a surprise contender for the first slam of the season following her run to the semi-finals at this week’s Sydney International. The Italian, ranked 100 in the world, saw off world number 28 Agnieska Radwanska on Thursday morning to book a spot in the semis where she will face Angelique Kerber for a place in the final.
The 26-year-old is competing in only her second tournament since an elbow injury ended her season at the US Open. Her run to the semis has seen her beat Grand Slam champions Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova and bookmakers have reacted accordingly by slashing her odds for the Melbourne major next week.
A massive 600/1 with Unitbet this morning, her impressive performance in Sydney this morning has led to some firms offering just 50/1 (best price 150/1) for the Italian to continue her fine run of form and land only her second ever singles title.
Over the last 24 hours she has been the most popular pick in the Australian Open betting market with Oddschecker punters, attracting 20.42% of all bets, well clear Caroline Wozniacki in second (15.49%) and Elina Svitolina in third (6.34%).
Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: "Women's tennis has thrown up some real Grand Slam shocks in recent times, but a win for Giorgi would trump the lot. Serena Williams' continued absence certainly opens the market up and has punters looking for the value"