Our tennis expert Graham Ruthven has the latest Australian Open odds and tips for the women's quarter-finals.
The 2022 Australian Open women’s singles has already produced a number of compelling storylines and this trend isn’t likely to stop with the tournament moving into the quarter-finals. Ashleigh Barty might be the player to beat, last year, when all four Grand Slams were won by different players, taught us all not to take anything for granted.
Defending champion Naomi Osaka is already out with Emma Raducanu, the last woman to win a Grand Slam title, also falling by the wayside in the early rounds. The following three matches promise to be the most compelling of the 2022 Australian Open quarter-finals.
Ashleigh Barty (1) v Jessica Pegula (21)
By almost every measure, Barty is the frontrunner to win the women’s singles at the 2022 Australian Open. The 25-year-old is the world number one and has been in imperious form in her first four matches at Melbourne Park with Barty yet to drop a set. Not only this, there have been matches in which Barty has barely lost a game (she lost just three games over her first and second-round matches).
Expectation has never been greater for Barty to win her home Grand Slam with the number one seed spared a difficult fourth-round meeting against Osaka due to her rivals shock early loss. Barty is serving well and should fell relatively fresh having moved through the tournament quickly to this point.
However, Jessica Pegula will test Barty from the baseline. The American will dictate points and so it might be up to Barty to bring Pegula off the baseline with some variety. Pegula has the ability to absorb pace, so one should expect a high number of rallies between two players aiming for a spot in the semi-finals.
Barbora Krejcikova (4) v Madison Keys
Number four seed Barbora Krejcikova played her best match of the tournament so far to see off Victoria Azarenka in straight sets in the fourth round and must be considered a genuine contender to go all the way at the Australian Open. The 2021 French Open champion is known for being one of the most consistent performers on the tour and has the game to go even deeper in this tournament.
At first glance, Krejcikova would appear to be the strong favourite to progress through this quarter-final tie, but Madison Keys will be a formidable opponent. The American saw off Indian Wells winner Paula Badosa 6-3, 6-1 in the previous round with Keys sensational in the way she struck the ball with so much power and precision.
Keys is currently on a nine-match winning streak after winning the Adelaide International before turning up at Melbourne Park for the first Grand Slam of the year and has a lot of momentum behind her. Krejcikova may have to make use of variety to get the better of another hard-hitting opponent otherwise Keys could simply hit through the Czech.
Danielle Collins (27) v Alize Cornet
On the basis of the seedings, this should have been a quarter-final meeting between Elise Mertens and Simona Halep. Instead, number 27 seed Danielle Collins will take on the unseeded Alize Cornet for a place in the final four with the latter providing one of the storylines of the tournament so far.
This is the furthest Cornet, now a relative veteran at 32, has ever made it at a Grand Slam even. The French woman has now beaten two former world number ones in Halep and Garbine Muguruza and will fancy her chances of making the semi-finals having built up such momentum in the previous rounds.
Collins has picked up where she left off last year with a strong start to the 2022 season. The American is an aggressive player and will look to dictate points from the baseline. What’s more, Collins has experience of making the final four at the Australian Open before having made it that far in 2019. She might have the edge here both on the court and in the mind.