Australian Open Quarterfinals Betting Preview: How Court Conditions Impact Ashleigh Barty vs. Petra Kvitova


Cameron Spencer/Getty Images. Pictured: Ashleigh Barty.

Jan 27, 2020, 05:59 PM EST

In comparison to most Grand Slams, I have had very little betting volume on this year’s Australian Open. There were already questions entering into the tournament about the air quality due to the recent brushfires (you can donate to help here), but I thought the changing of the court surface could have the biggest impact from a betting perspective.

Understanding the conditions and how they impact certain matchups is a major part of tennis handicapping — and there were a lot of unknowns coming into this tourney.

Odds as of Monday afternoon and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.

Starting this year, the Australian Open changed court manufacturers from Plexicushion to GreenSet, which was used in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Most thought the change would create slower conditions and that appears to be the case based on the eye test and some of the results so far. And a number of players have weighed in on the slower conditions.

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