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2021-02-16 14:17:35 | What date is it, what TV channel is it in and who could be playing in it?

2021-02-16 14:17:35 | What date is it, what TV channel is it in and who could be playing in it?

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What is it?

It’s the women’s final of this year’s delayed Australian Open, being played in February due to the coronavirus pandemic.

When is it?

It will take place this Saturday, so February 20.

What time is it?

Players will be on court at 9am (GMT) so the action will get underway shortly after that. 

Where is it taking place?

At the main stadium on the blue hard courts at Melbourne Park, the Rod Laver Arena.

How can I watch it?

Eurosport has exclusive rights to this year’s opening grand slam, so you can watch the final on it’s main channel, Eurosport 1. Alternatively, bookmark this page and return on Saturday for our rolling blog, with build up and game-by-game updates and reaction.

Who will be competing in the final?

Well, we’re still a few days off from establishing the finalists, but still in contention are: top seed and local favourite Ashleigh Barty, 2018 champion Simona Halep, three-time grand slam winner Naomi Osaka, 22nd seed Jennifer Brady, 25th seed Karolina Muchova, unseeded duo Jessica Petula and Su-Wei Hsieh – oh, and not forgetting the 23-times major winner in Serena Williams.

What’s the prize money for the women’s final?

Both the men and women’s pot is equal, but prize money has been significantly cut this year due to the pandemic. This year’s winner will walk away with £1.5m, down 31 per cent on last year’s £2.2m cheque. The runner-up will take home £847,000, down 23 per cent on 2020’s amount of £1.1m. 

What are the latest odds?

Osaka is favourite with the bookies to repeat her success of two years ago at 6/4 with Barty not far behind at 5/2.

Serena Williams is 5/1 to secure her 24th grand slam title. Su-Wei Hsieh is out at 50/1 to win a maiden grand slam title at 35-years-old.

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Source References:The Telegraph

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