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Ashleigh Barty and Ellyse Perry are leading the race for the ABC Sports Personality of the Year. Their rivalry will go down to the wire until December 10, as per 2019 AIS sport performance awards betting predictions.
Tennis World No. 1 Ash Barty has inspired the nation with the French Open singles and WTA Finals championship. Whereas Ellyse Perry rose to the top of not one, but two of the most loved sports in Australia. She became one of the best-known cricketers and soccerers in the country. Hence, both athletes have been shortlisted for the personality of the year award.
Online sportsbook news in Australia has reported the winner will be announced at the Star in Sydney on December 10. There are twelve nominees for the personality of the year award. The other top contenders are cricketer Steve Smith and golfer Hannah Green. However, with Barty and Perry’s nominations, other contenders have a slim chance to win, according to the 2019 AIS sport performance awards betting predictions.
Barty has gone from retired to world no. 1
Ash Barty has gone from a retired player into the world No. 1 in just three years. Her journey was so inspiring. This year she captured the French Open singles trophy, the first Australian woman to do so since Margaret Court in 1973. Later on, she won the WTA Finals in Shenzen after beating Elina Svitolina in style to become the best player in the world. Her incredible season makes her the frontrunner for the personality of the year, with 1.35 odds at 22BET Sportsbook. She is also leading for the best female athlete with 1.1 and sporting moment of the year with 1.57.
Perry is a top female athlete in cricket and soccer
The Australian cricket and soccer star Ellyse Perry has become one of the most recognizable faces in both games. During Australia’s successful Ashes campaign Perry was the leading run-scorer and wicket-taker of the series. Her successful run in 2019 made her the female athlete many aspire to become. Thus, online sportsbooks in Australia suggest Perry is a strong candidate to win in two categories. Her odds for the personality of the year are 7.5 and for the moment of the year are 8.5.
A golfer and a cricketer are among other strong contenders
Among other strong contenders for the personality of the year according to 2019 AIS sport performance awards betting predictions is Hannah Green. She is a major golf champion winning the Women’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine in a spectacular fashion. Her odds at 22BET Sportsbook are 21. Another contender is the cricket ace Steve Smith with 2.5. He has established himself as the single greatest Test batsman in the world. However, his role in the Sandgate saga in South Africa might deny him the award this year.
Australian fans will get to decide who the winner would be, with the awards being based on a public vote. The winners will be rewarded for their outstanding achievements in AIS’s sixth edition. Last year’s winner of the personality of the year was the retired Supercars driver Craig Lowndes. To see all the nominees and their odds for 2019 AIS sport performance awards, check our review about 22BET Sportsbook.