The latest Australian Open tennis live streaming news with Victoria Azarenka v Johanna Larsson, Maria Sharapova v Mattek-Sands, Radwanska v Putintseva the highlight of Day Two from the Womens half of the draw.
Its been a busy day in Melbourne as we move into Tuesday, with William Hill continuing to televise the action live and online through their website in high quality, plus offer £25 free to new customers to spend on the tennis
Defending Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka is valued at 1/250 by Paddy Power to beat Johanna Larsson in the first round as another former champion in Maria Sharapova looks to start her title quest off with victory against Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
It’s never a good idea to write off former champions at the Australian Open and both Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova will look to show what they are capable of in their first round matches.
World number two Victoria Azarenka arrives in Melbourne knowing that she will have to work hard if she wants to get successive victories in Australia and the Belarusian starts off with a match against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson.
Azarenka has won the past two women’s titles at Rod Laver Arena proving that she does have the ability to beat the best when the pressure in on.
However, her preparations in 2014 haven’t quite gone according to plan as she lost in the final of the Brisbane International to Serena Williams who will be her main challenger for the title in Melbourne.
Sweden’s Johanna Larsson has not had much luck at the Australian Open and the world number 81 has fallen in the first round in all three attempts in the main draw.
Larsson has kept quiet whilst preparing for the first grand slam of the year and the 25 year old will need to find some of her best form if she is to stand any chance of defeating Azarenka on Tuesday morning.
Later on in the day, former champion and 3rd seed Maria Sharapova knows that she will need to be wary when taking on Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the USA.
Sharapova won the title back in 2008 and has reached the final on two other occasions only to be defeated by her main rivals Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka in 2007 and 2012 respectively.
The Russian number 1 has had a steady start to the year after coming back from injury at the end of last year and did well to reach the semi-finals before eventual champion Serena Williams defeated her in straight sets.
Sharapova finds herself against another American on Tuesday morning in the form of Bethanie Mattek-Sands who is currently ranked 41st in the world.
Mattek-Sands has caused some upsets on the regular tour in the past but has always struggled in Melbourne having failed to advance from the first round in her two previous showings in 2011 and 2012.
This means that the American number six will hope that lady luck will be shining down on her as she tries to deal with a former champion in the first round.
Knowing that both of their opponents have yet to win a game at the Australian Open, both Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova should be confident in advancing to the second round provided they don’t give their opponents a chance to dominate the match.
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