The 2017 Australian Open has seen several upsets with Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber not reaching the quarterfinals. Now, Milos Raonic and Serena Williams are the favorites to win the championship in their respective divisions.
Shocking exits in the Australian Open
The first big name gone in the tournament was World No. 4 Simona Halep of Romania. She went out in the first round while Novak Djokovic bowed out in the second round. Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber, both World No. 1s, exited the Australian Open in the Round of 16.
The shocking exits of these stars have opened the door for many old and young stars to win the tournament. The quarterfinals are set to start on Tuesday and expect some great action between the remaining competitors.
Milos Raonic and Serena Williams are favorites
According to ESPN, Raonic and Williams are the favorites to win the 2017 Australian Open title. If Raonic ends up winning, it will be his first ever Grand Slam singles title. On the other hand, it will be Serena’s seventh Australian Open title and 23rd Grand Slam championship.
Raonic will face Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals and he has won two of their last three matchups. Nevertheless, he believes that he could win against the former World No. 1 and advance to the semifinals.
“I think it’s going to be a fight between me and Nadal. That’s sort of where it ends,” Raonic told the Toronto Star. It should be noted that Nadal’s new coach Carlos Moya was part of Raonic’s camp last year.
On the other hand, Serena has revealed the secret to her and older sister Venus’ success. She jokingly told ESPNW that they are “mentally 8 and 9.” Serena faces Great Britain’s Johanna Konta in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
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