Big tennis is back. Australian Open, the first grand slam of the season starts on Monday, 16th of January. We will know the names of the 2023 singles winners two weeks later. Men’s finals are scheduled for the 30th of January, ladies finals will take place a day earlier.
I already made my bold tennis predictions for the full 2023 season and I am still absolutely satisfied with them.
Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek were my picks for the Australian Open title and I would not change a thing about it.
Australian Open 2023 Men Singles Winner Predictions
Djokovic’s success in the Adelaide tournament on the very first week of the season just underlines my thoughts. His ability to come back after being set down against Korda proves that he is back in Australia to make great things happen.
Of course, Novak’s motivation after last year’s deportation is at the maximum level. And who can compete with such strong determination?
Carlos Alcaraz is out due to an injury. Rafael Nadal, who defends the title, is a year older and his performance at the United Cup did not give many reasons to believe in him.
Daniil Medvedev lost twice in the AO finals, back in 2021 to Djokovic, and in 2022 to Nadal. This year we saw in the Adelaide semifinals, that Novak is still too good for him now.
And other guys like Fritz, Korda, Ruud or Tsitsipas can make a deep run into the second week, but I do not see one good reason to consider them to win in a direct match with Novak Djokovic now. Maybe later in the season, but not now, not in Melbourne.
Australian Open 2023 Ladies Singles Winner Predictions
Ladies’ tournaments are always a bit tricky. And being in the third week of the season gives us more questions than answers.
I see that Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula started the season on a high note. Pegula’s statement win over Swiatek at the United Cup 6:2 6:2 gives me a lot of thoughts. But hey, she lost to Petra Kvitova three days before.
Basically, it will not be just about beating the Swiatek but about earning the right to play with her. It means you have to win another four, five or six matches before you will meet number one. And that can be too much for anyone in the draw.
Of course, Iga Swiatek is not invincible, and it is always possible that she will lose a match. Though, I consider her chances not to slip during two week-long tournaments as the highest of all.
My Australian Open 2023 Winner Picks: Novak Djokovic – Iga Swiatek