10. Victoria Azarenka heads into the 2013 Australian Open as defending champion and world number one after claiming her maiden Grand Slam title against Maria Sharapova last year. Azarenka is 5.00 to win again.
9. Serena Williams is the tournament favourite however, despite being seeded third in the draw. Williams claimed her 15th Grand Slam title in New York last September and is 1.90 to make it 16 in Melbourne.
8. Sharapova claimed the Australian title in 2008, defeating Anna Ivanovic 7-5 6-3 in the final. The Russian has won each of the four Grand Slams once and is 11.00 to claim Melbourne this year.
7. Agnieszka Radwanska heads into Melbourne having won the Auckland Classic and Sydney International this month already. Radwanska has won eight matches in a row, took the Sydney final 6-0 6-0, and is 17.00 to win her first major.
6. Radwanska’s biggest rival for a semi-final berth is Li Na, who the Pole beat 6-3 6-4 in the semis at Sydney last week. Radwanska is 1.53 to finish higher than Li, the Chinese priced at 2.45.
5. Li won her sole Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in 2011 after reaching the Australian Open final that same year. She is 22.00 to win the tournament this January and 3.80 to make the semi-finals.
4. Australia hasn’t had a women’s singles champion at this tournament in 35 years, since Chris O’Neil won the 1978 event. Sam Stosur is the home favourite to win in 2013 at 40.00.
3. Stosur has never made it past the fourth round in Melbourne despite reaching the final of Roland Garros (2010) and winning the US Open in 2011. The Australian is 1.10 not to reach the semis.
2. Serena Williams has never lost an Australian Open final she has qualified for and has dropped just three sets over her five final victories. The American is 1.90 not to win a sixth title, however.
1. Britain’s Heather Watson won her first tour title in Japan last year and made the third round at Wimbledon for the first time. The unseeded 20-year-old is 100.00 to make the last four in Melbourne.