Sadly, we’ve arrived at the last Grand Slam event of the year, but this year’s US Open promises to be full of action-packed tennis that has potential for some history in the making. Not only is it the fastest hard court surface Major event of the year, but players on the WTA will face the test of late-night matches under the lights, awhile trying to maintain focus through the largest grandstand crowds in tennis.
This year, tennis fans have a chance to witness something that hasn’t occurred on the WTA since 1988. Serena Williams will be trying to capture this year’s US Open title so she can achieve the first calendar-year Slam since Steffi Graf. Even more impressive, if she’s able to win this year’s event she’ll also tie Graf’s record of 22 major titles, second to Margaret Court’s record of 24. The hype has already started to fill the US Open grounds at Flushing Meadows in New York. Luckily for the World No. 1, she’s accustomed to high-pressure situations like this, which should be extremely beneficial in maintaining her composure for the next two weeks.
Williams may be the overwhelming favorite, but there are still many opponents to get through in the draw. On the bottom half of the draw, seeded second, is Simona Halep who’s one of the few women on tour that can push Williams to the edge. Seeded third is Maria Sharapova, who will be looking to re-ignite her stagnating career by claiming a second victory here. And of course some other dangerous opponents spread out through the remainder of the draw include past finalists Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki, as well as rising stars Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, and Belinda Bencic.
Current Betting Odds
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Best Bets to Make
1. Serena Williams to Win (5/6): Even at these odds it’s still considered wise to take Williams as the outright winner. In 2015, the woman just wins. Her match record coming into this year’s event is an astounding 48-2. Sure, we’re slightly worried that she could face Belinda Bencic, an 18-year old she lost to at the Rogers Cup, in a possible quarterfinal matchup. Last time she might have been completely surprised as we all were of Bencic’s abilities, but you better believe should she meet her again Williams and her team will have already put together a winning game plan to move past the young Swiss. You would also think we should be concerned about the pressure Williams is going to have to manage with all of the calendar-year Slam talk, but believe it or not Williams thrives in these pressure situations. As proof tennis media has now crowned the action of losing the first set in a match and coming back to win as “Pulling a Serena” since she’s done this so often this season. Unless an injury occurs we don’t see Williams losing this one.
2. Simona Halep to Win (10/1): Victoria Azarenka is the second favorite (8/1) to win the tournament, but why take her if we can get slightly better odds with Halep right now and then get a cheap hedge in the future with a possible matchup between the two in the quarterfinals? No one really knows what a match up between these two would look like anyways as the two haven’t faced each other in about three years, but we should get an idea as we move into the second week of the tournament. After a disappointing showing at the French Open and an embarrassing first round exit at Wimbledon it looks like she’s regained her footing. She was a finalist in both the Rogers Cup and Western & Southern Open a couple of weeks ago, she won at Indian Wells this year, and she had a semifinal showing at the Miami Open. In summary, fast hard court surfaces are her bread and butter.
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