Serena Williams The Undeniable Favorite For WTA US Open 2016

Serena Williams

Joao Mourato

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:29 PM GMT

Join us on out WTA US Open 2016 future analysis and find out Serena William's main threats, and the player she should keep an eye on this event.

Undeniable Favorite
The six-time US Open champion, Serena Williams, is once again the undeniable favorite to win the title, with the American currently priced at +125 at Bet365.

After finally matching Steffi Graf’s record with 22 Grand Slam titles, Serena is now just two titles away from Margaret Court’s record with 24 trophies.
Despite Serena’s recent withdrawal from the Western & Southern Open due to a shoulder injury, the American should present herself at 100% on this event. However, due to the fact that Serena’s betting odds won’t suffer any significant drop after her first match, our suggestion is for you to wait for the first round before placing any bet on the American, which allows you to ensure that those physical issues are completely gone.

 

Main Threats
Looking now to the other competitors on this event, there are three players who can be considered Serena’s main threats – Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber.

After a disappointing loss in Wimbledon’s 2nd round against Jana Cepelova, Garbine Muguruza is looking for a better performance on this event, with the Spaniard currently priced at +905 at Pinnacle. Even though Muguruza’s terrific results this year – with the highlight going to her first Grand Slam title in Roland Garros – it’s hard for us to trust on Garbine due to her poor career record in Flushing Meadows, with the Spaniard winning only one match on her previous three appearances.

It has been a great summer for Simona Halep, who is now looking for another successful campaign in the US Open after winning the title in Montreal and reaching the semifinals in Cincinnati.
Known for her aggressive baseline game and terrific groundstrokes, Halep usually produces her best tennis on Hard Court, especially in North-America with a 69.44% winning record while her overall record is 66.67%.
Despite Simona’s tremendous quality, the Romanian is also known for struggling to perform at her best on the later stages of the big events. After reaching the semifinals last year, we expect a similar result from Halep, in a tournament where she’s offered at +900 at Bet365.

After failing to become the new world no.1 due to her defeat against Karolina Pliskova in the Western & Southern Open Final, Angelique Kerber starts this event just 190 points away from Serena Williams.
The 2011 semifinalist enters this event as the 2nd highest ranked player, which means that she can only face Serena in the final. Kerber is currently priced at +834 at Pinnacle, a very interesting price when considering Angelique’s prior record this year in Grand Slam events – won the title in Melbourne and reached the final in Wimbledon – and the fact that she can only face Serena in the final. With this in mind, our suggestions if for you to keep an eye on Kerber, in a tournament where the German might reach her third final on a Grand Slam event in 2016.

 

Dark Horse
After reaching the quarterfinals in Wimbledon, Dominika Cibulkova is looking for another successful campaign in New York.

Despite her less achieved performances in Montreal and Cincinnati, Cibulkova can never be underestimated, especially on Grand Slam events – with her best result recorded in 2014 when she reached the Australian Open final.
Looking now to Dominika’s odds, the Slovakian can be found at +10386 at Pinnacle, a very interesting price that deserves to be added to your betting picks with a small wager.