2020 Australian Open odds, bracket predictions: Tennis expert releases semifinal picks for Barty vs. Kenin

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty takes on No. 14 Sophia Kenin in the semifinals of the 2020 Australian Open. History is on the line as well, as Barty is seeking to become the first female from Australia to win the Australian Open since Christine O'Neal (1978). This is the deepest she has ever advanced in this event and thus far she's been able to fend off her challengers. She's been pushed to three sets three times already, including in the first round against unranked Lesia Tsurenko.

Even so, oddsmakers list her as the favorite to advance to the finals, as she's going off at -250 (risk $250 to win $100) in the latest Barty vs. Kenin odds. Kenin, a 23-year-old American who has never been beyond the second round in the Australian Open bracket until this year, is listed as a +205 underdog (risk $100 to win $205) in the latest 2020 Australian Open odds. Before making any Kenin vs. Barty picks, be sure to see the latest 2020 Australian Open predictions from elite tennis handicapper Gavin Mair

The famed international women's tennis guru is coming off his third straight profitable season, and anyone who has followed his tennis picks during that time is up over $22,000This is the same expert who called Andreescu winning the 2019 U.S. Open at 20-1, one year after calling Osaka to win that event at 32-1. In last year's French Open, Mair recommended Marketa Vondrousova at 60-1 and she made a stunning run to the final. Anybody who has followed him as seen huge returns. 

Now, Mair has locked in on the 2020 Australian Open women's semifinal matchup featuring Barty vs. Kenin and revealed his best bets. Head to SportsLine now to see them

Mair has considered that Barty is facing plenty of pressure in her home country, but has handled it relatively well thus far. "Barty has wrestled her nerves well and has at no stage in this tournament looked potentially susceptible to an upset," Mair told SportsLine. "Prior to the start of the event, Barty was viewed as joint second favorite alongside Naomi Osaka, but she has been the outright favorite since Osaka and Serena Williams were eliminated during week one."

Barty also has a strong track record against Kenin, posting a 4-1 head-to-head record. Three of those four wins were in straight sets as well, including a 6-3, 7-5 triumph at the 2019 Wuhan Tennis Open.

But the top seed isn't necessarily the best value in the Barty vs. Kenin odds. Mair has also considered that Kenin, who has been one of the most impressive players in the tournament this week, could be in position to exploit one of Barty's flaws. 

"This week, Barty has done a strong job at keeping her average first serve level at over 60 percent throughout her important matches, but her win percentage on second serve has been quite low," Mair told SportsLine. "Kenin has won the third-highest number of second serve points of any player in the Australian Open."

Mair is highly confident he knows the winner in this matchup and he's recommending another bet that has a plus-money pay out. Be sure to see Mair's picks and analysis over at SportsLine before locking in your Australian Open picks 2020 for the women's semifinals.

Who wins Barty vs. Kenin in the Australian Open 2020 women's semifinal? And what other pick could lead to a big return? Visit SportsLine now to see Gavin Mair's best bets for Barty vs. Kenin, all from the acclaimed expert who has returned over $22,000 the past three years

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