Maria Sakkari of Greece reacts during her third round match against Veronika Kudermetova of Russia at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)
The Round of 16 at the Australian Open gets underway later today
Four matches are on the slate
Continue below for match odds and a preview with the best betting value
The first weekend of the first Grand Slam of the year is here, as the Round of 16 at the 2022 Australian Open begins for women’s singles play. The first match of the day is scheduled to get underway at 7pm ET.
A wide range of players are still competing, as we saw both expected and unexpected upsets happen in the first three rounds. World No. 1 and No. 1 seed Ashleigh Barty, still leads the way, as she was, and continues to be, the heavy favorite to win outright. Her opening Australian Open odds started at+275, and have now shortened to +240.
American’s Madison Keys and Amanda Anisimova are the only two unseeded players competing today, as they both have contributed to the upsets that have happened this week.
Below are all four match odds, followed by a preview and best be prediction.
Australian Open Women’s Singles Round of 16 Odds (Jan 22)
Madison Keys vs  Paula Badosa
+150 / -187
 Barbora Krejcikova vs  Victoria Azarenka
+160 / -200
 Jessica Pegula vs  Maria Sakkari
+175 / -225
 Ashleigh Barty vs Amanda Anisimova
-450 / +320
Odds as of January 22nd at Caesars Sportsbook.
Madison Keys vs  Paula Badosa Prediction
This fourth round matchup will be the first meeting between the pair. The two are scheduled to take the court at 7pm ET tonight.
The 26-year old American has had a fairly impressive tournament so far, beating her first seeded player in her first round match, defeating fellow American Sofia Kenin. Keys was tested in the third round, having to put up an impressive fight after losing the first set, to earn a spot in the next round.
Keys was able to bring her confidence and momentum from the Adelaide International 2 tournament into the Australian Open as hoped. The American defeated three seeded players on route to the title there.
2nd week @AustralianOpen 💙💪 pic.twitter.com/DVWM5BQj9W
— Paula Badosa (@paulabadosa) January 21, 2022
24-year old Badosa, who is the favorite to come out on top in this quarter, also entered the Aussie Open coming off a title win, when she won the Sydney International just last weekend.
The Spaniard has been in great form since the start of this year, and it’s hard to think of her losing at this moment. She’ll look to overpower her opponent with strong groundstrokes and baseline play, but will be countered with Keys’ strong groundstrokes as well.
Both players will look to utilize their serves, as they both do have the ability to rack up the aces. But both have also struggled with double faults. A key to this win will be whoever can minimize their unforced errors.
Best Bet: Badosa 2-0 (+124)
 Barbora Krejcikova vs  Victoria Azarenka Prediction
Krejcikova and Azarenka have faced each other a handful of times in doubles, but only once before in singles. Their one and only singles match happened in the Round of 16 at the 2020 Ostrava Open, where Azarenka went onto win 2-6, 6-2, 6-1, after dropping the first set.
Fourth seed Krejcikova has yet to truly be tested at the tournament, having only dropped one set all week. She dropped her first set in her third round match against Jelena Ostapenko, that forced her to piece together a comeback. The 2021 French Open champion has now reached at least the fourth round in all four Grand Slams.
Victoria Azarenka’s anticipation was 💯 in our Day 5 Shot of the Day 💪#AusOpenWithInfosys • @Infosys pic.twitter.com/1oQSdfmmYI
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2022
The two-time Aussie Open champ, Azarenka has cruised through the first week of the Open. She faced her first seeded played in Elina Svitolina in the third round, but the 15th seed was no trouble for the former World No. 1.
Azarenka has been the better player this week, and has experience winning this tournament. As long as she continues to play like she has and minimize unforced errors, there’s no doubt she should end up in the quarterfinals.
Best Bet: Azarenka 2-0 (+109)
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 Jessica Pegula vs  Maria Sakkari Prediction
Pegula and Sakkari will take the court to face each other for the third time in their career tonight at 9pm ET. The Greek star holds the 2-0 head-to-head record edge, with their last meeting happening in the Round of 16 at the 2021 Miami Open.
After a few early round exits in the first couple tournaments of the year, Pegula has a slight hiccup as she dropped her first set of her opening match here at the Aussie Open. But the American managed to compose herself, and has yet to drop a set since.
The 27-year old was a quarterfinalist here last year, and will be looking to do the same once again.
The fifth seed, Sakkari, is playing the way we all expect her to after a breakout season last year. The 26-year old has dominated her opponents, defeating all three in straight sets. A deep run here, could be rewarded with a Top 5 ranking post tournament.
What are you guys saying over there? 🤣
🇬🇷 @mariasakkari is through to the round of 16 with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Kudermetova.
🎥: @Eurosport pic.twitter.com/7W11rvcmjN
— wta (@WTA) January 21, 2022
These two have similar style of play. We all know how strong Sakkari is, and despite both players having an agressive, strong baseline play and groundstrokes, Sakkari will be able to outpower her opponent. If she focuses, and minimizes any mental mistakes, it’s her match to lose.
Best Bet: Sakkari 2-0 (+108)