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Australian Open Day 1 WTA Betting Picks & Odds: The Best Way to Bet Madison Keys vs. Daria Kasatkina

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The Australian Open begins on Sunday and features a host of intriguing matchups in the opening round. We break down the best edges in the first matches of the women’s tournament and analyze the best ways to start betting the tournament.

Odds as of Saturday evening.

Ons Jabeur (+150) vs Johanna Konta

6:50 p.m. ET

This should be a quick match featuring two women that play with very little margin and go for winners.

Jabeur is a very backable underdog when she’s flashed some form and is healthy, which seems to be rare. Last week she went 3-1 with a tough third set tiebreak loss to Garbiñe Muguruza in a high-level match. This is a great opportunity for her.

Konta is 0-1 in her only match in 2020 and has only played one match since the US Open last year. Match fitness may not be 100% for her. When Konta is not in form she tends to string together losses. Timing is a key to her game given her aggressive play of hugging the baseline.

Jabeur has the ability to hit through the court on Konta. If Jabeur can keep her ground strokes deep enough near the baseline, it will throw off Konta’s timing which already may not fully be there.

Jabeur won the last meeting on grass last year in Eastbourne. Jabeur can beat almost anyone on Tour when she’s playing with confidence.

I would play Jabeur down to +138.

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