The women’s draw at the Australian Open looks as open as ever and there could be scope for a former Melbourne champion to be in the mix after a difficult couple of years.

World number one Iga Swiatek was the star of 2022, winning the French Open and US Open titles while also compiling a 37-match unbeaten streak, and she is the 5/2 favourite to claim the spoils Down Under.

Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka is 7/1 to claim her maiden Grand Slam, though she has yet to go further than the fourth round in Melbourne and that average record is enough to look elsewhere in the betting.

With Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep and Paula Badosa all absent from the women’s event, it looks like a wide-open women’s tournament and we have picked out a couple of big price contenders.

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Women’s Australian Open 2023 Betting Tips

Sofia Kenin to win and each-way @ 100/1
Kaia Kanepi to win and each-way @ 300/1

Sofia Kenin to win and each-way @ 100/1

It has been somewhat of a struggle for Sofia Kenin since she won the Australian Open in 2020, with a loss of form during 2021 followed by an injury-ravaged 2022.

However, the 24-year-old is starting to show promising signs again and she warmed up for the Melbourne event with a run to the semi-finals at the Hobart International.

The confidence appears to be back for Kenin and although she has been handed a tough opener against Victoria Azarenka, there is big optimism that she can enjoy a deep run Down Under.

With the experience of winning a Grand Slam, the odds of 100/1 are too big to ignore and the Russian-born American is our first selection offered up.

Kaia Kanepi to win and each-way @ 300/1

At bigger odds of 300/1, Kaia Kanepi is worth considering given she enjoyed her best run in Melbourne last year when reaching the quarter-finals.

The Estonian has 19 wins over seeded players in the first week of Grand Slams, only three active players have recorded more, so she can clearly perform when it comes to the biggest events.

Kanepi is 37 years of age now, so fitness levels could come into question if she goes deep, but she did reach the Washington Open final in August last year and is more than capable of putting together a run of results.

It may also be worth considering Kanepi to win Quarter 4, priced up at 50/1. Sabalenka and Ons Jabeur are in this quarter, but there is enough confidence at the prices that the Estonia ace can force her way through.

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