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View from Down Under: Aussie Open all the Australia Day Rage

The 2017 Australian Open continues to dominate the Australian sporting landscape this weekend as we celebrate our national day on Thursday.

It’s been an amazing week at Melbourne Park with the top two seeds, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, knocked out of the men’s draw and defending champion Angelique Kerber out of the women’s after losing in the fourth round.

As it stands, Roger Federer is the favourite at $2.88 (+188) to win his record 18th Grand Slam. His compatriot Stan Wawrinka is $3.75 (+275). That pair meet in a semifinal on Thursday night, which is a national public holiday (for Australia, not Switzerland!).

In the women’s draw, Serena Williams continues to be the favorite and is into the incredibly short odds of $1.40 (-250). Coco Vandeweghe is second favourite at $5.50 (+450) while Serena’s older sister Venus is at $11 (+1000).

Without a doubt the biggest surprise has been Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. At the age of 34, the German meets Serena in the semifinals of a Grand Slam having last made it this far at Wimbledon in 1999.

On Saturday, the Grand Final of the Big Bash cricket competition will be played. The Scorchers' crushing seven-wicket win over the Melbourne Stars on Tuesday night means they’ll host the final at the WACA as $1.72 (-139) favourites.

Round 16 of the A-League kicks off on Australia Day (Thursday) with the top of the table clash between Melbourne Victory ($2.40/+140) and Sydney FC ($2.90/+190). If the visitors win, they’ll go 11 points clear of their nearest rivals at the summit of the ladder.

The National Basketball League has been very tight all year, but a run of form by the Adelaide 36ers has seen them secure top spot with four games to play.

That gives them top seeding for the playoffs, but they still have matches to play and are $1.61 (-164) to beat the second-place Illawarra Hawks on the road on Saturday. The Hawks are $2.20 (+120) to win that one.

Summer racing continues in Melbourne on Australia Day with a strong meeting at Caulfield.

There is also Group 2 racing at Moonee Valley on Friday night and a strong card at Rosehill in Sydney on Saturday.

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