Australian Open Women's Betting: Errani hoping to avoid opening day exit

Can Errani over come the challenge of Goerges?
Can Errani over come the challenge of Goerges?

It's Day 1 of the Australian Open 2014, and Abelson Info take a closer look at some potential first round shocks in Melbourne...

"Amongst that group is world number seven, Sara Errani. The Italian struggled to make an impact in the latter stages of 2013, regularly falling out of tournaments before the business end."

It promises to be a busy opening day in Australia, with a number of top seeds in action as well as some young stars looking to get off to a strong start.

Tournament favourite and world number one Serena Williams will be expected to overcome both the home crowd and teenage Australian starlet Ashleigh Barty with relative ease, while the likes of Li Na and Petra Kvitova face favourable opening round opponents.

However, while that trio can be confident of progressing to the second round, there are a number of potential upsets ahead with some top seeds facing a nervous opening to the tournament.

Amongst that group is world number seven, Sara Errani. The Italian struggled to make an impact in the latter stages of 2013, regularly falling out of tournaments before the business end.

She faces a former top 15 player in Julia Goerges, who possesses a strong game which could cause her rival problems in what has the potential to be one of the more competitive first round encounters.

Errani will be fancied to come through given her superior world ranking and experience, but Goerges will be determined to put some early pressure on while she did take Errani the distance in Dubai last year.

Elsewhere, Venus Williams will want to exact some sort of revenge when she faces Ekaterina Makarova, who produced perhaps the biggest upset of 2012 when she ousted Serena.

The elder of the Williams sisters enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance last year, and is back up to world number 38. She reached the final in Auckland at the end of last month, and will be determined to get back on track in a big tournament.

The British contingent also get their tournament underway on Monday and Heather Watson will be delighted to be back in the mix after a torrid 2013 having come through qualifying in style.

It remains to be seen whether or not she can rediscover her best form when she takes on Daniela Hantuchova, but with Laura Robson struggling with a wrist injury, there is a possibility that British interest in the women's draw could be over by lunchtime.

Nevertheless, given Watson's performances in qualifying and Robson's lack of playing time and tough opposition in Kirsten Flipkens, the former is the more likely to prevail or make a fight of it at the very least.

Elsewhere, Roberta Vinci will be concerned with her first round draw against Jie Zheng, with the Chinese star winning their last three meetings, and although they are favourites to advance it is worth monitoring the progress of a trio of young stars in Madison Keys, Eugenie Bouchard and Caroline Garcia on day one of the Australian Open.

Recommended Bets:
Back Goerges to beat Errani @ 3.7511/4
Back Flipkens to beat Robson 2-0 @ 2.245/4
Back over 21.5 games in Watson-Hantuchova @ 2.01/1

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