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Vera Zvonareva ended 2010 in fine form and the world number two is the pick of the bets in the women’s Australian Open betting.

At 12/1 to win the Australian Open, a £25 stake on Zvonareva could return £325 and new customers to Ladbrokes can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

Zvonareva has only lost to Caroline Wozniacki and the now retired Elena Dementieva after her 2010 US Open final appearance and the Russian has been seeded second in the draw.

While Kim Clijsters, the 7/4 favourite to win the Australian Open, is a potential semi-final opponent, the only players of note in Zvonareva’s run to the semi-finals are home favourite Sam Stosur and Maria Kirilenko.

Stosur is a 14/1 chance in the Australian Open betting and will surely be buoyed by her home crowd cheering her on, but Stosur’s best finish in an Australian Open is the fourth round and the fifth seed should prove no problem for Zvonareva.

Clijsters faces a battle to make the semi-final as she faces potential ties with a rejuvenated Ana Ivanovich (25/1 to win in Melbourne) and Jelena Jankovic (50/1), but the US Open winner is the girl to beat in the Australian Open.

In the top half of the draw, Caroline Wozniacki is the number one seed and the 7/1 chance to win the Australian Open, but she faces a potential mouth-watering clash with Justine Henin (4/1) in the quarter-final.

Most of the big names are in the top half of the draw including Venus Williams (16/1), Maria Sharapova (16/1) Na Li (40/1) and Victoria Azarenka (12/1).

The bottom half of the draw is definitely the easier route to the final and punters should be targeting these tennis stars if they are looking to find the winner of the Australian Open.

A £25 stake on Ana Ivanovic winning the Australian Open would return £650. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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