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The upset of the 2013 Australian Open took place in the women’s quarterfinals, as No.3 seed Serena Williams was taken out in three sets by 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens, the No.19 seed in the tournament.
After losing the first set 3-6, Stephens rebounded with back-to-back set victories 7-5 and 6-4 to pull off the biggest win of her young, but promising career.
Stephens has certainly been on the radar in the world of tennis, and even in sports in general. She was pegged as one of the ‘Next’ generation by ESPN last year, and that prediction appears to be well on its way to coming true after her victory over arguably the game’s most dominant player in history.
Stephens was a huge underdog on the betting odds going into the match, where a wager on Williams would have paid out just -2500. Those who chose to bet on Stephens would have been rewarded with a 10 to 1 payout.
Looking ahead, Stephens will move on to the semifinals at the first Grand Slam in 2013, her first-ever Grand Slam semifinal.
Her tournament does not get any easier either, with No.1 seed Victoria Azarenka next up on the slate.
Once against Stephens finds herself in the role of the heavy underdog. WTA Australian Open semifinal betting odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set Azarenka as a -800 favorite to move on to the Final. Stephens comes in at +475, which is significantly closer to even money than was seen during the quarterfinal. Oddsmakers obviously recognize that she is playing well, but it’s not near enough yet to warrant Stephens as any closer of an underdog.
Those who choose to keep riding the Stephens bandwagon into this match could once again turn a high profit. Players looking to bet on Azarenka would have to risk $8 just to win $1, so you can certainly see the wide margin and disparity in the payout here.
This women’s semifinal match will take place on Wednesday night in the United States, and on Thursday in Australia. It will be carried live on ESPN2.
In the other semifinal matchup, China’s Li Na will take on Maria Sharapova, with the winner advancing to face the winner of the Stephens/Azarenka match.