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2020 Australian Open women’s odds, picks, top predictions: Tennis expert says Ashleigh Barty primed for upset

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The 2020 Australian Open odds board got a major shakeup when reigning U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu withdrew due to a knee injury. Andreescu, the 19-year-old Canadian sensation, was among the top three favorites to win the title along with American Serena Williams and Australian Ashleigh Barty. Now, with the year's first major slated to start Monday from Melbourne Park, bookmakers have released new Australian Open 2020 odds on the women's side.

Williams is the 22-5 favorite, followed by world No. 1 Barty and defending champion Naomi Osaka at 9-1, Simona Halep (10-1), Karolina Pliskova (12-1) and Madison Keys (18-1). Before you make any 2020 Australian Open picks or predictions, see what famed women's tennis expert Gavin Mair is picking.

The international guru enters the 2020 tennis schedule on a mind-boggling streak. Not only is he coming off his third straight profitable year, but anyone who has followed his tournament picks during that time is up over $22,000.

Mair is the phenom who called Andreescu winning the 2019 U.S. Open at 20-1, one year after calling Osaka to win that event at 32-1. In last year's French Open, Mair recommended Marketa Vondrousova at 60-1, and she made a stunning run to the final.

Now, Mair has broken down the latest Australian Open 2020 odds and released his coveted best bets to win it all. You can see them all at SportsLine. We can tell you he's avoiding Barty at her low odds, saying she ranks "amongst the second tier of hard-court players in the world."

"Barty is idolized in Australia and last year cleaned up the coveted awards for Female Athlete of the Year and outright Sports Personality of the Year in her homeland," Mair added. "I believe there is a decent chance that Barty may struggle to handle the public pressure and expectation at her home Grand Slam, and there is recent evidence to support this claim. In November, Australia hosted France in the Fed Cup final and was expected to win with Barty leading the charge. However, Australia lost the tie, with Barty losing both a singles match and a doubles match on the final day. Furthermore, Australia is currently facing a crisis in the form of wild bush fires that have overwhelmed the island nation for several months. I believe this can only enhance the pressure on the home girl's shoulders from a public hoping for a good news story."

Instead, Mair loves a massive long shot who's "on the cusp of breaking through to win a Grand Slam and looks like an incredible value to do so in Australia." He's only sharing who to back at SportsLine.

So who wins the Australian Open 2020? Which massive long shot stuns the tennis world? Visit SportsLine now to see Gavin Mair's best bets for the Australian Open, all from the acclaimed expert who just predicted Bianca Andreescu would win the U.S. Open at 20-1.

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