With the Serena Slam alive, the American starlet remains the player to beat at the US Open 2015 next month. We sift through various tennis odds boards in search of the best odds for your tennis picks.
Serena Slam Alive
After beating Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon final 6-4, 6-4, Serena needs to win the US Open in order to hold all four major titles in 2015, a feat last accomplished by Steffi Graff in 1988. Serena is matched at +125 tennis odds across the board to clinch the title in her native land, at a Grand Slam that she's set to enter as the three-time defending champion, six-time overall champion.
In the women's field, betting on a major always begins and ends with Serena (Table 1). At 33 years of age, Super Serena is showing no signs of slowing down. In winning Wimbledon, she completed the Serena Slam for the second time in her career – holding all four titles at one time – and picked up her 21st career Grand Slam title. Not to mention, she became the oldest woman to win a major since Martina Navratilova accomplished the feat at Wimbledon in 1990.
Now, she's attempting to hold all titles in one calendar year with a win at Flushing. Pick up her 22nd overall Grand Slam title, which would put her on par with the great Steffi Graff in the record books. Can anybody stop Serena or is it a foregone conclusion?
Table 1: WTA 2015 US Open Outright Winner Odds
Serena Williams +125 To Win Title Across the Board
If you're looking to back Serena Williams, best jump on her +125 tennis odds now, which you can find at just about any reputable sportsbooks including Bet365, William Hill and 888Sport. She's sure to shorten on the US Open odds board, as the tournament gets underway and the closer she gets to the final, all the way over Even money.
Victoria Azarenka +600 To Win Title at William Hill
Of all the players in the women's game, Victoria Azarenka seems to be the only player that has a reasonable shot against Serena Williams. It's not obvious by their head-to-head record, which is skewed heavily towards Serena. But Azarenka has beaten Serena in the final of a tournament, which is a huge achievement. She also took it to Serena in the US Open final a few years ago. If Azarenka can reclaim her former World No.1 form, she won't be intimidated by Super Serena. Indeed, she relishes the challenge. The best price on Azarenka is currently found with William Hill, where she's trading at +600 to win the title.
Maria Sharapova +1000 To Win Title at 888Sport
Maria Sharapova is the newly minted World No.2, a ranking that if she maintains through the US Open Series and into the US Open at the end of August will see her fall on the opposite side of the draw to Serena. That's a huge advantage. She'd only ever cross paths with Superwoman in the final; that is, assuming Serena avoids an early upset. By virtue of her ranking, she's a solid tennis pick with a best price at 888Sport of +1000.
Simona Halep +1300 To Win Title at 888Sport
Simona Halep emerges as the fourth overall favourite to win the US Open title, which is somewhat surprising given her current struggles at the majors (early exit from Wimbledon) and parting ways with her coach. Of course, she's a fiesty competitor and has shown a rare ability to overcome career-defining challenges. Still there have been too many ins-and-outs in her camp, making her a risky tennis pick in our opinion. Certainly, at Bet365 and William Hill her tennis odds are understated significantly. At 888Sport, she's more appropriately priced at +1300 to win the title.
Petra Kvitova +1300 To Win Title at 888Sport
Petra Kvitova's inconsistencies continue to hold her back, both on the tennis odds board and from reaching the podium on a more regular basis. Nevertheless, she's a tough player to beat when she's on. And she's shown she can beat Serena on a good day. Best price on Kvitova is also at 888Sport, where she's aptly priced at +1300.