Serena Williams has yet to win a tournament since she returned to the tour in March 2018, six months after giving birth to her daughter. The 37-year-old reached the final in three of the last five Grand Slam events but is still searching for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title. Despite the lack of titles in recent years, Williams remains a fierce competitor and one of the best competitors on the WTA Tour. The sportsbooks are well aware of Serena’s quality with the former world No.1 as the favorite to win the US Open title this year at +450 with Intertops.
Looking now at Serena’s draw on this event, the No.8 seed will begin her quest for a seventh US Open title against Maria Sharapova on Monday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Sharapova has not been the same player since her drug ban and only won 53.33% of the matches in 2019. Adding to this, Serena is a terrible matchup for Maria with the American winning all their last 18 official encounters on the WTA Tour. Williams only lost one set in their last 14 meetings, which makes her -1.5 Set Handicap an interesting line for this first-round match at -112 with Pinnacle. However, it’s hard for us to find any value on Serena’s tennis betting odds to win the title due to her poor performances in the last Grand Slam finals.
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Naomi Osaka made history last year at Flushing Meadows when she defeated Serena Williams to become the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam title. The 21-year-old continued her meteoric rise earlier this year at the Australian Open to win back-to-back majors and climb to the top of the WTA singles ranking. Nevertheless, the past few months haven’t been easy for Osaka with the Japanese struggling with the pressure of being a two-time Grand Slam champion. Adding to this, Naomi was also forced to retire from the Western & Southern Open two weeks ago due to a knee injury.
Osaka is one of the main contenders to lift the trophy in New York at +1200 with Betway but it’s impossible to trust on her at the moment. Belinda Bencic also retired from her previous match in Cincinnati due to a left foot injury but already played an exhibition match last week. Bencic is one of the most talented young players on the WTA Tour and has a good opportunity to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal, which makes her an interesting play to win the first quarter at +1200 with Bet365.
Bianca Andreescu has enjoyed a breakthrough year on the WTA Tour and is one of the most successful players of 2019. The Canadian teenager won 34 of her last 38 official matches and is currently on a six-match winning streak after claiming the Rogers Cup title in Toronto. Andreescu missed almost half of the season due to injuries but seems ready to make it past the second round of a slam for the first time in her career.
The world No.15 has a fearless mentality and plays her best tennis in the big moments. Andreescu has a perfect 7-0 record against Top 10 players and it’s hard not to take her on this event. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to place a small stake on Bianca to win the title at +908 with Pinnacle due to her outstanding record on hard courts and champion mentality.