2022 Australian Open odds, semifinal predictions: Proven tennis expert reveals Collins vs. Swiatek picks
Written by CBS Sports Staff on January 26, 2022
Danielle Collins faces Poland’s Iga Swiatek on Thursday in the 2022 Australian Open women’s semifinals, as the American tries to advance to her first Grand Slam final. The 27th-seeded Collins cruised past Alize Cornet 7-5, 6-1 in Tuesday’s first quarterfinal. Swiatek had a bit more trouble in her 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 victory over Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi. The USA’s Madison Keys faces Ashleigh Barty in the other semifinal, so there is potential for the first all-American final in Melbourne since Serena Williams beat sister Venus for the 2017 title.
First serve is set for 4:45 a.m. ET. Swiatek is listed as the -150 favorite in the latest Collins vs. Swiatek odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Collins is a +120 underdog. There are a number of other Swiatek vs. Collins bets you can make, including an over-under on total games played at 21.5. Before you make any Collins vs. Swiatek or 2022 Australian Open women’s semifinals picks, you need to see what proven tennis expert Gavin Mair has to say.
A renowned women’s tennis handicapper, Mair has cashed in huge in the past. In the 2020 French Open, Mair picked Swiatek to win (-163) and win in straight sets (+140), and he was right on both counts.
He also called unseeded Jelena Ostapenko (80-1) winning the 2017 French Open, Naomi Osaka (32-1) winning the 2018 U.S. Open and Bianca Andreescu (20-1) winning the 2019 U.S. Open.
Now, Mair has broken down the latest 2022 Australian Open women’s semifinals odds and released his coveted best bets for Collins vs. Swiatek. He’s sharing all of his Australian Open picks and expert tennis analysis at SportsLine.
Danielle Collins vs. Iga Swiatek preview
The 20-year-old Swiatek has faced the bright lights and pressure during her title run at Roland Garros. Collins was playing with house money after a stunning run to last reach this stage. Swiątek beat Collins in the only previous matchup, winning the first set 6-2 and seeing Collins retire with a lower-back injury down 3-0 in the second at Adelaide last February. Swiatek has a strong all-around game, and her energetic style generates a lot of winners and unforced errors.
The Pole is powerful on both her forehand and backhand and has an accurate first serve. She also leads the tournament in first-serve return points, which will help her against Collins’ powerful serve. Swiatek has been tested in this tournament and hasn’t been playing at her best, but the tough road should help her focus mentally for another tough match on Thursday morning. She is 8-2 in her matches this season, winning 15 of the 21 sets she has played.
Collins is a fierce competitor with a lot of power, and she is finally healthy and ready to prove she is a top-10 player. The 28-year-old, a two-time NCAA singles champion at the University of Virginia, was diagnosed with endometriosis last year. That led to surgery to remove a tennis-ball sized cyst, and she says she feels like a new person. She has been playing like it, losing just two sets in this tournament. She is 45-15 in her matches since the start of last season.
How to make Collins vs. Swiatek picks
Will Collins finally break through to her first Grand Slam final or will Swiatek get a shot at a second major victory? Mair has released a confident pick on the winner, as well as advice on match betting for the 2022 Australian Open. Make sure you check out Mair’s predictions and analysis before making any Australian Open 2022 women’s semifinals picks of your own.
Who wins Swiatek vs. Collins in the 2022 Australian Open women’s singles semifinal? And what match picks should you be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see Gavin Mair’s best bets for Collins vs. Swiatek, all from the acclaimed expert who has called three long-shot winners of Grand Slam women’s titles since 2017, and find out.
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