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Coco Gauff of the United States looks on during a practice session before the start of the 2022 US Open.
Coco Gauff of the United States looks on during a practice session before the start of the 2022 US Open. Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images via AFP.

The final Grand Slam of the season hits New York. We break down the 2022 WTA Tour's US Open tennis tournament with our top picks and predictions.

Iga Swiatek looked to be an imposing force on Tour just months ago, but with losses piling up for the World No. 1, she may not be the lock to win here that she once was.

With more parity on the WTA Tour than there’s been in about a year or two, the draw is back open for business. Let’s take a look at where the value lies.

Here are my outright picks for the WTA Tour’s US Open Tennis Tournament in Queens, New York (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook and Pointsbet).

US Open Picks

Who Will Win The US Open?

Coco Gauff (+1600)

I’m so fixated on this line. We know Gauff will win a Grand Slam one day, and she’ll almost definitely do it at the US Open where she gets tons of crowd support. She’s just about ready to break out at No. 12 in the world, and I think this is potentially her year.

Swiatek is 4-4 in her last eight matches after starting 46-3. That is a significant development, and I don’t think she’s nearly as well-suited for fast courts as Gauff is, who has excellent returning ability and a good net game thanks to her success in doubles.

Gauff can hit through the entire field and has to be considered the co-favorite to come out of her quarter with Simona Halep. Though she did recently fall to Halep, the match was decided by razor-thin margins and could have easily gone three sets. Gauff can win this time with the help of the crowd.

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Elena Rybakina (+2000)

The biggest takeaway I had from sitting in on media day at the US Open was how big of a chip rests on Rybakina’s shoulders. She’s not happy that she didn’t get ranking points from her Wimbledon win.

This is her chance to get a title without an asterisk, and the draw could not be better. Aryna Sabalenka waits in the third round, but the Belarusian has been pretty awful this season, particularly in big matches. Then there’s Paula Badosa or Belinda Bencic waiting in the quarterfinal, but neither one of those women can bring to the court what Rybakina can.

I love betting on power players at the US Open given the quick speeds, and I think there’s no one who hits bigger right now than Rybakina.

Maria Sakkari (+3500)

The Greek rests in the Gauff/Halep section of the draw, so it’s not as if she’s in prime position to pounce. With that said, she’s turned herself into a pretty decent hardcourt player given the pace she puts on the ball, and she loves playing in Queens.

Sakkari is coming off a semifinal run last year, which was halted by the special tennis of Emma Raducanu, but there’s not nearly as big of a threat in her way this year. She’s No. 3 in the world for a reason, and this just may be her best surface given her struggles on clay this year. She packs a real punch and is a live 'dog.

Danielle Collins (+15000)

Why not? Collins made the Australian Open final earlier this year and the quarterfinals in Miami. She then played clay - a surface she’s not very good on - and won all of three matches there.

It seems people have forgotten about the World No. 19, but she has as good a chance as any American. She’s coming off a third-round appearance at the US Open (the best of her career) and certainly played the best tennis of her life back in January when she made a Grand Slam final.

I love that Collins is in the weakest part of the draw, too, getting Sabalenka, Badosa, Raducanu, and the aforementioned Rybakina. Naomi Osaka should be a tough test in the first round, but Osaka has not been herself all year.

Where to Bet on the US Open

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WTA Tour US Open picks made 8/26/2022 at 8:41 p.m. ET.