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Andre versus Pete and Lindsay against Jennifer

26 January 2000

The winner of the semi-final between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi will be the odds on favourite (probably as short as -250) for the Men's Australian Open final. So we suggest that if you can split Pete and Andre (we cannot), you get on whilst the going's good.

The two are as short as 6/5 each to win the tournament after easy quarter final wins guaranteed the semi that most people will relish more than the final.

In the other semi defending champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov will face Magnus Norman-who ousted number 4 seed Nicolas Kiefer in four sets.

In the ladies section no.2 seed Lindsay Davenport is one match away from her appointed place in the final after easily overcoming Julie Halard-Decugis. The Wimbledon champ is as short as -700 against Jennifer Capriati in the semis and just better than even money to win it all.

Capriati-who we highlighted at the start of the competition- is in her first grand slam semi for over eight years and having been as big as 100/1 at the start (to win the tourney) will leave us feeling "sick as the proverbial parrot" if she manages to get past Lindsay. Having said that we would not want to oppose the no.2 seed- unless we saw odds of at least 6/1 on Cap.

Martina Hingis comfortably overcame Aranta Sanchez-Vicario in her quarter-final, losing just two games in the 45 minute workout. Hingis will be very short (about -800) to get past Conchita Martinez -who took three sets to overcome Elena Likhovtseva, and the "Swiss Miss" will be the slight odds on (9/10) bookies favourite to go on and win her fourth Aussie Open title on the trot.

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