Australian Open: Four matches to watch in Round 2

Jan 15, 2013 |
Play is underway down under and odds are now available for second-round play at the Australian Open.

Here are four intriguing matches to watch for:

Novak Djokovic (-20000) vs. Ryan Harrison (+3300)

The World No. 1 takes on the United States’ best men’s tennis prospect in this second round matchup. Harrison won his first ever match in Australia in the opening round, while Djokovic extended his win streak in Melbourne to 15 matches. Harrison lost a competitive straight-set match to “The Djoker” in the second round at Wimbledon in 2012; can he further challenge the Serb this time?

Venus Williams (-1600) vs. Alize Cornet (+900)

The older Williams sister looked great in her first round destruction of Galina Voskoboeva. A win over France's Alize Cornet will set up Williams for a likely third-round showdown with No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova, which could be the potential match of the tournament.

Madison Keys (-275) vs. Tamira Paszek (+200)

17-year-old Madison Keys is a rising star having won 12 of her last 14 matches dating back to 2012. She’s started the year red-hot with a win over top-20 player Lucie Safarova with her only blemish a three-set loss to top-10 player Na Li. Can the American continue her fine run of form over grass court specialist Tamira Paszek?

Kirsten Flipkens (+125) vs. Klara Zakopalova (-175)

In my opinion, this is the best match of the day. Both players enter this tournament with the highest ranking of their respective careers. Flipkens reached a quarterfinal and semifinal in her lead up to the Australian Open, while Zakopalova lost in the final in Shenzhen. Flipkens is one of the top servers on tour, while Zakopalova has one of the best return games. Who wins out in this battle of in-form players: The server or the returner?

All odds courtesy of Bet365.

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