Today’s schedule will see, among others, a match between one of the game’s rising stars, Madison Keys, and one of the best players in the world, Angelique Kerber. And with both being able to hit big, it should be a really exciting encounter.

Match: Angelique Kerber vs Madison Keys

Angelique Kerber

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Selection: Angelique Kerber (-3.5 games)

Best Odds: 1.91 @ Paddy Power

Although it might not be the main highlight of the schedule, especially with the likes of Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic in action as well, the battle between Madison Keys and Angelique Kerber deserves everyone’s attention for plenty of reasons.

First of all, Madison Keys, who has started the season as a relatively unknown player, has already shown that she has plenty of talent and that she might actually replace Sloane Stephens as the most exciting prospect of American tennis. She is not afraid of the big names and she loves to put them under pressure with some fearless hitting and powerful serves.

Meanwhile, Angelique Kerber has been a steady competitor for quite some time now and this looks like a great opportunity for her to take her Grand Slam record a bit further. There is a huge difference between the two when it comes to the rankings, but Kerber will surely realize that it would be a huge mistake to underestimate Keys these days and she will definitely take this match as seriously as possible.

Even though I would love to see Keys living the dream and making it a bit further in this year’s Australian Open, I think that it will be the German who is going to walk away as the winner at the end of the day. She has been in this position before and the occasion is not going to get to her, while we still don’t know what is going to happen to Keys when under pressure. For that reason, backing the German looks like the right option here.