Venus Williams plays a backhand in the Singles Final against Caroline Wozniacki.

Catch the action on Monday 15 January on SuperSport 6 (DStv Channel 206) from 02:00 as the first Grand Slam of 2018 kicks off on your World of Champions.

As promised 2018 is going to be an epic sporting year. The first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open kicks-off Monday 15 January on SuperSport 6 (DStv Channel 206) and on DStv Now with the Day session between 02:00 and 10:0 followed by the Night session from 10:00 to 16:00.

Before the fun and games at Melbourne Park, we look at players who we favour to win the 50th edition of the competition since the Open Era.

Simona Halep

In last year’s tournament, the Romanian was knocked out in the second round by KateĊ™ina Siniaková since then Simona Halep has risen to the top of the WTA Singles Rankings.

Simona Halep

Caroline Wozniacki

Ranked number two in the world is, Caroline Wozniacki. Multiple injuries have hindered her true potential. In 2018 she bagged the WTA Finals title with a win against Venus Williams, and has gained some needed momentum going into the Australian Open.

Caroline Wozniacki

Venus Williams

In the absence of her sister Serena, Venus Williams has regained the form that saw her win two Grand Slams in 1998, the Australian and the French Open. In last year’s final of the French Open, she lost to her sister Serena 6-4, 6-4 in a highly entertaining match. The 37-year-old veteran goes up against teenage sensation Belinda Bencic in her opening match.

Venus Williams

Men’s competition

Roger Federer

The defending champion boasts five Australian Open titles and enjoyed good form last year with a Grand Slam win at Wimbledon. His notable wins in last year’s season include the Halle Open and the Shanghai Masters.

Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal comes into the Australian Open ranked number one on the men’s singles ATP rankings. 'The King of Clay' will be looking to win his first Australian title since 2009.

Rafael Nadal

Grigor Dimitrov

Last year’s semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov started 2017 ranked 17th in the ATP rankings and is currently in third place. He won the Brisbane International, Garanti Koza Sofia Open, Western & Southern Open, ATP Finals. We expect big things from the Bulgarian this season.

Grigor Dimitrov

Catch the action from the Australian Open on Monday 15 January on SuperSport 6 (DStv Channel 206) and on DStv Now at 02:00. The Night session will broadcast between 10:00 and 16:00 live and exclusively on your World of Champions.