Elena Rybakina vs Victoria Azarenka Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Australian Open Semifinal (No Upset This Time)

Larry Rupp
Elena Rybakina vs Victoria Azarenka prediction, odds & best bet for Australian Open women's singles semifinals match.
Elena Rybakina vs Victoria Azarenka prediction, odds & best bet for Australian Open women's singles semifinals match. / AP Photos/Dita Alangkara
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Rybakina vs Azarenka Australian Open Schedule & Info

2023 Australian Open Women's Semifinals Match
No. 22 Elena Rybakina vs No. 24 Victoria Azarenka
Date: Thursday, Jan. 25, 2023
Start Time: 3:30 a.m. ET
Venue: Rod Laver Arena — Melbourne, Australia

A spot in the finals is on the line as No. 22 Elena Rybakina and No. 24 Victoria Azarenka face off in 2023 Australian Open action. Rybakina took care of business in a two-set win over Jelena Ostapenko to advance to the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for just the second time in her tennis career.

Meanwhile, Azarenka picked apart Jessica Pegula in a surprising upset to advance to the semifinals of the Australian Open for the third time in her career. Keep in mind she won the entire tournament the first two times. Will Azarenka secure another finals appearance or will Rybakina spoil the party?

Rybakina vs Azarenka Odds & Set Betting

All 2023 Australian Open women's betting odds and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: Rybakina: (-215) | Azarenka: (+180)
To Win 1st Set: Rybakina: (-178) | Azarenka: (+144)
Set Betting: Rybakina: 2-0 (+120) | 2-1 (+260)
Set Betting: Azarenka: 2-0 (+390) | 2-1 (+420)

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Rybakina vs Azarenka Head-to-Head Stats & Betting Trends

- Elena Rybakina defeated Victoria Azarenka in two sets in the only all-time head-to-head matchup at the Indian Wells Masters on Mar 14, 2022.
- Rybakina defeated No. 17 Jelena Ostapenko in two sets in the 2023 Australian Open quarterfinals.
- Azarenka defeated No. 3 Jessica Pegula in two sets in the 2023 Australian Open quarterfinals.

Rybakina vs Azarenka Prediction & Pick

Look out for Elena Rybakina. The 23-year-old has already taken down the No. 1, No. 13 and No. 17-ranked women's tennis stars on her way to a semifinals appearance. Only one of those matches even needed a third set. Rybakina has been elevating her game with each passing round and it's paying off.

Standing between Rybakina and spot in the finals is a pro that has captured two Australian Open titles in her career. Of course, those wins came all the way back in 2012 & 2013, though. Azarenka's best days are behind her and she recently suffered a two-set loss to Rybakina in March of 2022.

Momentum is on the side of Rybakina here, so I'll back the Russian to advance to the finals.

Winner: Elena Rybakina

Rybakina vs Azarenka Best Bet

I wouldn't be surprised if Rybakina gets the best of Azarenka in two sets or if the match is stretched to three sets, so finding a bet that accounts for both scenarios is crucial. Rybakina has won the first set in all five of her Australian Open matches, while Azarenka has dropped two of her five first sets.

Rather than taking Rybakina to win the first set at -178 odds, I'll back the young star to win the first set and the match at -126 odds. I trust that Rybakina has the endurance to outlast Azarenka given the decade age gap in this matchup. She definitely has her eyes set on a first career Australian Open title.

Bet: Elena Rybakina to Win 1st Set & Match (-126)

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