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Magda Linette vs Aryna Sabalenka odds, betting trends, predictions and preview for Australian Open semi final

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Magda Linette and Aryna Sabalenka will battle it out for a spot in the Australian Open final at Rod Laver Arena following the match between Elena Rybakina and Victoria Azarenka which begins at 7:30pm AEDT.

The unseeded Polish player – who’s currently ranked 45 in the world – has been the surprise packet of the tournament and reaching the final four for the first time in her career.

Linette has taken down four seeded players, including French fourth seed Caroline Garcia on her run to the semi finals.

Her opponent, Sabalenka, will be no easy beat as she is primed to take home her maiden Grand Slam trophy.

The 23-year-old hasn’t dropped a set in the five matches thus far and will be hoping to continue that trend to the final on Saturday.

The Sporting News has all the details you need to make your punting decisions.

Magda Linette vs Aryna Sabalenka odds

To Win USA (BetMGM) UK (Skybet) Australia (Sportsbet)
Magda Linette     4.90
Aryna Sabalenka     1.18

 

Spread USA (BetMGM) UK (Skybet) Australia (Sportsbet)
Magda Linette (+5.5 games)     1.76
Aryna Sabalenka (-5.5 games)     2.02

Magda Linette vs Aryna Sabalenka form and betting trends

Linette has never made it past the third round of a Grand Slam.

The 30-year-old’s form of late suggests she’s playing career-best tennis, dropping only one set to Anett Kontaveit in the second round.

She’s taken down Karolina Pliskova, Ekaterina Alexandrova and Garcia so far, with another big scalp in mind.

Linette’s emergence into the final four would surprise most but her recent tournaments would suggest otherwise.

The Pole made the final of the ITF Tampico in Mexico, made the quarter final of the Korea Open as well as the final at Maharashtra Open in September last year.

Linette’s back half of 2022 had built a solid foundation for her to springboard and challenge for the grand slam title.

However, she’d need to get past Sabalenka, who’s also in search for her maiden major trophy.

The 23-year-old – who is the highest remaining seed left – is tipped to go all the way given her recent run.

Taking down Belinda Bencic (12th seed) and Elise Mertens (26th seed), Sabalenka is peaking at the right time of the tournament.

The Belarusian recently took home the trophy from Adelaide International 1, made the final of the WTA Final and was a semi finalist at the 2022 US Open.

Sabalenka’s time seems to be now but still needs to win two more matches to be crowned a Grand Slam champion.

Magda Linette vs Aryna Sabalenka head-to-head results

Linette and Sabalenka have played each other twice over the course of their careers, once in 2018 and then in 2021.

Year Winner Score Event Stage
2021 Aryna Sabalenka 6-2 6-1 Olympics – Tokyo R1
2018 Aryna Sabalenka 6-1 6-3 Tianjin Open R2

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Magda Linette vs Aryna Sabalenka preview and prediction

Sabalenka is ready to win a Grand Slam.

With the top four seeds eliminated, the 23-year-old has skyrocketed into Australian Open favourite and rightfully so.

The Belarusian has rarely made an error in the past nine days and her results reflect that.

Sabalenka has been dominant from the get-go and would be hard not to back for the championship, let alone the semi final.

Linette will put up a fight but the class and composure of the 2022 US Open semi finalist would suggest she has an edge and will be hard to beat.

Prediction: Sabalenka in two sets.

What time is Magda Linette vs Aryna Sabalenka?

Times are approximate – subject to weather conditions and completion of prior match between Elena Rybakina and Victoria Azarenka.

  UK USA Canada Australia
Date Thursday, January 25 Thursday, January 25 Thursday, January 25 Thursday, January 25
Time Approx. 10:30am BST Approx. 5:30amam ET Approx. 5:30am ET Approx. 9:30pm AEDT

How to watch Magda Linette vs Aryna Sabalenka in semi-final of the Australian Open

  UK USA Canada Australia
TV channel Eurosport 1 or 2 ESPN/ESPN2 TSN1/TSN5 Channel 9
Streaming eurosport.uk ESPN+ and fuboTV TSN+ 9Now/Stan Sport

Australia: The Nine Network is the free-to-air broadcaster of the Australian Open 2023.

The Australian Open can also be watched on SmartTV’s 9Now and Stan Sport as well as 9Gem.

Fans can also stream the Australian Open through 9Now and Stan Sport.

UK: Coverage of the Australian Open 2023 will be broadcast in the UK live and exclusively on Eurosport.

Eurosport 1 and 2 will provide daily coverage of the action in Melbourne.

UK fans can also stream the Australian Open through the discovery+ app, the Eurosport app, or through eurosport.co.uk

USA: Tennis fans based in the United States will be able to watch this year’s Australian Open via ESPN. Matches will be broadcast on both ESPN and ESPN2.

ESPN+ and fuboTV will both offer live streaming during the 2023 Australian Open. FuboTV offers a free trial.

Canada: The 2023 Australian Open will be broadcast in Canada by TSN.

Matches will be shown on either TSN1 or TSN5.

Canadian fans are able to live stream the action from Melbourne Park on TSN+.

The full TSN+ broadcast schedule can be accessed here.  


Credit: sportingnews.com

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