Serena Williams is out of the AO2020 Women’s Singles after losing to Qiang Wang in Round 3. Even though the odds on the 38-year-old American player were as short as +300 ahead of the tournament, she will have to wait a while longer for her record-tying Grand Slam title.
With the early elimination from the Australian Open, Williams remains one title shy of Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles.
No.27 Wang Qiang was the one who stopped Serena on her road to tying the all-time record, after beating the legendary American 2-1 (6-4, 6-7, 7-5).
The win over Serena is undoubtedly the highest point in Qiang’s career, but the Chinese player has a chance to achieve even more. In the 1/8-finals, she’s playing Ons Jabeur, who got there after eliminating Caroline Wozniacki in what proved to be the Danish player’s last professional match.
Bookmakers think Wang is going to be the one who’s getting through to the quarterfinals of the AO2020 Women’s Singles, with the odds on her win over Dabour currently set at -200.
Coco Gauff the Giant-Slayer
Another major title contender has ended her Australian Open journey in Round 3. Naomi Osaka, the winner of the 2019 tournament got knocked-out by 15-year-old Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff.
Despite being a huge underdog in the match with Osaka at the odds of +400, Gauff managed to get herself a historic victory.
Gauff won by 2-0 (6-3,6-4) in 67 minutes, a win that made her the first 15-year-old to reach the final 16 of two Grand Slam tournaments since Martina Hingis did the same back in 1996.
The win over Osaka isn’t the only surprising feat Gauff achieved on this tournament. The teenager was the one who eliminated Serena’s sister, Venus Williams in the opening round of the 2020 Australian Open.
Coco Gauff’s amazing performances have also made her go up in the list of the biggest favorites for winning the Women’s Singles trophy.
However, the trouble for the young American is that her next opponent is Sofia Kenin, who’s also dubbed one of the main title candidates.
As a result of the major upsets happening in Round 3 of the AO2020, bookmakers had to adjust their Australian Open odds, making Ash Barty the new title favorite.
The best-ranked WTA player is taking on Alison Riske, an American player who’s currently no.19 in the world.
Bookmakers believe Ash Barty is going to progress to the next stage of the tournament, with the odds on her beating Riske being in the ballpark of -500.
Updated Odds for AO 2020 Women’s Singles
*The odds are taken from BetOnline on Friday, January 24.