Flushing Meadow once again hosts the US Open, with the women’s event looking particularly close this year, despite the retirement of Wimbledon champion Mirion Bartoli.
<p class="normal" style="text-align:center"><span></span></p> <p class="normal" style="text-align:center"><em><br />Check out our early predictions for the <a href="/tennis/free-picks/tennis-picks-us-open-women-s-early-odds-predictions-a-32280/" title="Tennis Picks: US Open Women's Early Odds & Predictions" target="_blank">2013 Women's US Open</a>!</em></p> <p class="normal"><img style="font-size:1em" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" src="/picks-pictures/SerenaWilliamsWTA_August2013_200.jpg" />Serena Williams goes into the final Grand Slam tournament of 2013 as the firm favorite. However, the long-time US number one has hardly been infallible this season and will have to work hard to justify her short <a href="/tennis/" title="For the latest in tennis odds, picks and predictions, visit SBRForum.com!" target="_blank">tennis betting</a> odds here. Can anyone stop Serena from adding to her ever-expanding portfolio of Grand Slam wins?</p> <p class="normal"><span style="font-size:1em">Despite no longer being the dominant force that she once was, Williams is currently a very short <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=754&book=willhillinarticle" title="Bet and WIN on pro tennis at WilliamHill.com!" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">8/11 with William Hill</a> and that is the best price out there. The value therefore lies in looking elsewhere, with a number of other potential contenders at very attractive <a href="/betting-odds/tennis/" title="Free live and updated tennis odds at SBRFourm.com!" target="_blank">betting odds</a>.</span></p> <p class="normal"><span style="font-size:1em">Victoria Azarenka is currently the second favorite and is likely to be seeded to meet Williams in the final. Youwin are offering the best odds on her at 13/2; although that is not an unreasonable price, it does look a little short for someone who hasn’t been the most consistent of players in 2013, showing an alarming ability to lose against opponents she should discard easily.</span></p> <p class="normal"><span style="font-size:1em">The same can be said of Maria Sharapova. We <a href="/tennis/free-picks/tennis-picks-early-women-s-wimbledon-odds-preview-a-31850/" title="Tennis Picks: Early Women's Wimbledon Odds & Preview" target="_blank">saw at Wimbledon</a> just how easy it is for extraneous factors to interfere with her game and at a best price of 10/1 with Paddy Power she’s another to be very cautious about backing. She <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/tennis-betting/2531126-sharapova-fires-connors-after-one-match.html" title="Well, that didn't last long, did it? Will this help or hurt Sharapova?" target="_blank">recently sacked coach Jimmy Connors after just one tournament</a>, so could easily be without any coaching support for this tournament. Whilst that occasionally works (and did for Andy Murray for a short while), Sharapova’s ongoing willingness to blame anyone but herself for her defeats doesn’t bode well here.</span></p> <p class="normal"><span style="font-size:1em">Outside of these three the markets finally begin to reflect the fact that in modern women’s tennis there are a whole bunch of players with the potential to win a Major. At 25/1 you’ll find Li Na (with Paddy Power), former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (Boylesport) and Samantha Stosur (<a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=1259&book=ladbrokesinarticle" title="Bet and WIN on pro tennis at Ladbrokes.com!" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ladbrokes</a>). A better bet than either of these, though, could be Agnieszka Radwanska, who is also 25/1 at Paddy Power but <a href="/tennis/free-picks/tennis-picks-wimbledon-women-s-semi-finals-odds-preview-a-32168/" title="Tennis Picks: Wimbledon Women's Semi-finals Odds & Preview" target="_blank">who has just the sort of game to do well</a>, especially if she can avoid meeting Williams before the final.</span></p> <p class="normal"><span style="font-size:1em">The <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/tennis-betting/2527868-marion-bartoli-retires-tennis.html" title="She went out a champ. How will this affect the women's pro tennis world?" target="_blank">shock retirement of Bartoli</a> has not affected the markets too much. At best she was priced at around 66/1. Do take a look at the woman she beat in the final there, Sabine Lisicki, though. She is currently available at odds of 100/1 in most markets. Although her game may not be particularly suited to this surface, Flushing Meadow is a place where simply being in good form and playing with patience can take you a long way.</span></p> <p class="normal"><span style="font-size:1em">Also lurking down among the outsiders are two former world number ones, Ana Ivanovic and Catherine Wozniaki. Paddy Power place both at 100/1 and neither of them are the force that they once were, but Wozniaki in particular will have a chance with a favorable draw. However, it is probably a sensible move to wait until that draw is known before risking your money.</span></p> <p class="normal"><span style="font-size:1em">Other than Williams, American hopes will rest with young Sloan Stephens. Her current best price of 80/1 (Sportingbet again) reflects her lack of experience at this level, but s<a href="/tennis/free-picks/tennis-picks-wimbledon-women-s-quarterfinals-odds-preview-a-32126/" title="Tennis Picks: Wimbledon Women's Quarterfinals Odds & Preview" target="_blank">he has done well in most tournaments this year</a> and in front of her home crowd anything could happen and you’ll get generous odds on a crowd-pleasing Williams-Stephens final.</span></p> <p class="normal"><span style="font-size:1em">One word of caution, though. You do need to remember the extent to which Williams’ presence can distort the market. Expect the prices of players who are not in her half of the draw to shorten slightly once that draw is made, and conversely the prices of those she might play in the early rounds to lengthen. If you think one of those from outside the top three might win here, then be prepared to adjust your <a href="/" title="Free sports odds, picks & predictions at SBRForum.com!" target="_blank">sports picks</a> accordingly.</span></p> <em>Share your thoughts on the US Open on our <a target="_blank" title="Join the discussion on our tennis forum!" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/tennis-betting/">tennis message boards</a>!</em>